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About us

YSpace is York University’s pan-university entrepreneurship and innovation hub supporting startups and entrepreneurs from a variety of sectors and communities. Our programming spans across scaling innovative technologies through customer and investor capital to scaling agri-food businesses into mass retail to diversity-focused initiatives like ELLA for women-led businesses and Black Entrepreneurship Alliance (BEA) for Black-led businesses. We are also home to two physical hubs in the City of Markham and the Town of Georgina.

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Our team


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David Kwok

Associate Director, Entrepreneurship

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Marlina Ramchandran

ELLA Entrepreneurship Manager

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Nafis Ahmed

Entrepreneurship Manager, YSpace

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Nicole Troster

ELLA Entrepreneurship Manager (Maternity Leave)

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Olusegun Villasa

BEA Entrepreneurship Manager


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Alina Ali

Student Community Engagement Coordinator

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Bukola Adekanye

BEA Food Program Officer

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Galen Udell

Tech Program Advisor

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Judy Chang

CPG Program Advisor

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Kanishia Mensah

BEA Programs & Events Coordinator

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Lamisaa Mahmud

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

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Mary Olabanwo

BEA Marketing & Communications Coordinator

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Website & Social Media Associate

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Nunu Francisco

BEA Program Officer

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Snehal Phatak

ELLA Program Coordinator

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Stephanie Simpson

YSpace Northern York Region Coordinator

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Vaishnavii Shivakumar

Lead Website & Social Media Associate

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Yanky Li

Tech Program Advisor

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Youngmi Lee

YSpace Programs Coordinator

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Contact us

For more information, please contact us at
416-736-2100 ext. 44940