community innovation hub
YSpace is York University’s newest community innovation hub located at the heart of Downtown Markham. We help build great companies by connecting them with high-end equipment, access to capital and a network of influencers and entrepreneurs. We are creating a vibrant physical hub that encourages creativity and bridges the gap between large enterprises and startups within the York Region ecosystem.
YSpace is managed by Innovation York. Innovation York (www.innovationyork.ca) is the innovation office for the University with a mandate to facilitate and maximize the commercial, economic, and social impacts of research and innovation, and to create a culture of engaged scholarship and experiential learning. The office provides a myriad of services to faculty members, trainees, students, industry and the community and manages York University’s entrepreneurship program LaunchYU and oversees other incubator spaces: IBM Innovation Space – MCC and the LaunchYU BEST Hub.
Director of Innovation York
Sarah is a business development professional with extensive experience fostering innovation and developing strategic business operations. Over the past six years, Sarah has successfully created an innovation office at York University that provides a myriad of services across the university and has grown the team to 17.
She has created and grown a pan-university educational entrepreneurship program, developed and manages two start-up accelerators; and developed and manages an 8000 square foot innovation centre, YSpace, as a strategic step in the development of a new campus. In addition, Sarah is co-lead for the strategic development of innovation and entrepreneurship across the campus.
Associate Director, Entrepreneurship
David joined York University in 2017 as the Entrepreneurship Manager for YSpace Markham and he now oversees three different programs (LaunchYU, YSpace, and ELLA) at Innovation York. Prior to joining York University, David held various roles at The DMZ at Ryerson University, ranging from business development to creating programs for incubated startups.
In addition to this, David has co-founded ZerotoStartup, an educational venture focused on creating curriculum for maker spaces upon graduation. He is also involved with several non-for-profit organizations including SAGE Canada, a youth entrepreneurial program as the National Coordinator and Pledges for Change, a community-based youth empowerment program as an Advisory Board member.
Before joining York University, Nahrain managed the events and operations at the Sandbox by DMZ at Ryerson University, the programming-intensive and youth-focused community arm of the DMZ.
Nahrain also brings experience from the hospitality and tourism industries, particularly in luxury hotels operations and travel sales. Upon graduating, she was 1 of 8 management trainees selected from across Canada by Marriott International Hotels and Resorts to participate in their leadership development program. Most recently, she brings sales experience from working at a leading youth travel operator as a sales consultant.