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About us

YSpace is York University’s pan-university 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 powered by Desjardins for women-led businesses and Black Entrepreneurship Alliance (BEA) for Black-led businesses. Additionally with our Start-Up Visa program, we are building a robust ecosystem, driving positive change and empowering entrepreneurs to shape the future. 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

Director, Entrepreneurship & Innovation

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Emma Yuen

Operations Manager

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Marlina Ramchandran

Special Projects Manager

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Nafis Ahmed

Associate Director of Entrepreneurship

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Nicole Troster

ELLA Entrepreneurship Manager

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Olusegun Villasa

BEA Entrepreneurship Manager


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Alina Ali

Technology Program Officer

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Apoorva Shastry

ELLA Program Coordinator

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Ariz Akhter

Special Projects Assistant

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Bahar Amini Zadeh

Special Projects Assistant

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Bukola Adekanye

Agrifood Program Officer

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Ellen (Yeji) Kim

Startup Visa Program Officer

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Galen Udell

Investment Program Advisor

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Gurmehar Kaur

Special Projects Assistant

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Jason Muloongo

Startup Visa Program Advisor

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Jessica Gedge

ELLA Senior Program Officer

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Jiho Bak

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

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Judy Wong

CPG Program Advisor & Leadership Coach

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Kanishia Mensah

BEA Programs & Events Coordinator

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Karina Scott

YSpace Northern York Region Associate

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Lamisaa Mahmud

Senior Marketing & Communications Coordinator

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Marc Baiot

French Communications and Projects Assistant

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Mary Olabanwo

BEA Marketing & Communications Coordinator

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Nasteexo Muse

Programs Coordinator

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Negin Khorasani

YSpace Northern York Region Coordinator

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Nunu Francisco

BEA Program Officer

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Snehal Phatak

ELLA Program Coordinator (Maternity Leave)

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Stephanie Simpson

YSpace Northern York Region Coordinator (Maternity Leave)

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Vaishnavii Shivakumar

Lead Website & Social Media Associate

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Youngmi Lee

YSpace Markham Coordinator

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