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About Win Your Space YK


Win Your Space YK

About Win Your Space YK

Win Your Space YK is a business incubation competition aimed at inspiring Yellowknifers to start or expand their business, while supporting the revitalization of our downtown.

How does it work?

Residents of Yellowknife, Dettah and N'dilo over the age of 18 can submit their business ideas and a panel of judges will select up to 10 semi-finalists to proceed to the next round of the competition.  These 10 semi-finalists will participate in free business development workshops, including business plan writing and financial management training. Finalists will also learn how to pitch their business. The semi-finalists will develop and submit their business plans, and the Jury will select 5 finalists to advance to the Grand Finale. At the Grand Finale, the top 5 finalists will pitch their business to the Jury in true Dragon's Den style, and the Grand Prize Winner wins one year of free leased space in downtown Yellowknife. The Grand Prize winner will be able to choose their location from the list of participating spaces. In addition the Grand Prize Winner will be fast tracked to receive up to $10,000 in start-up money under BDIC's Business Development Project Fund!

 Partners and Sponsors

Win Your Space YK is a partnership between the City of Yellowknife, Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce, Business Development Bank of Canada, NWT Business Development and Investment Corporation with the support of the Government of the Northwest Territories.

Applications are now closed. stay tuned for more info in spring of 2019!

2018 Timeline:

Contest opens

April 2, 2018

Contest closes

June 1, 2018 11:00 P.M.

13 semi-finalists are announced

June 8, 2018

Free Business Development Workshops for 10 semi- finalists

How To Write A Business Plan
(Akaitcho Business Development Corporation)


Small Business Basics
(Crowe MacKay LPP)


Business Licensing, Permitting & BizPal
(City of Yellowknife, GNWT ITI & Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce)


Pitch Perfect
(Janet Dean, Aurora College)


Marketing Your New Start-Up
(Outcrop Communications)

The Softer Side of Business: How Emotional Intelligence Fuels Success (Momentum Training Services)



June 15, 2018 1:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.



June 20,2018  9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.



July 10, 2018 2:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.




July 19, 2018  2:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.


July 17th from 3:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.


July 27, 2018  2:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Final business plans submitted by 10 semi-finalists

August 3, 2018 11:00 P.M.

5 finalists are announced

August 15, 2018

Grand Finale

August 23, 2018 5:00P.M.

Latest start date of lease

November 1, 2018

Grand Opening

January 27, 2019