Yukon's 'Young Entrepreneur' winner onto the next project

Jayden Soroka won a 2015 Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce award, now he's started a shared workspace called Creative Lab.

Jayden Soroka won a 2015 Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce award, now he's started a shared workspace

Jayden Soroka, left, and Alistair Maitland at Creative Lab at 204 D Strickland Street. (Steve Hossack/CBC)

An award-winning Yukon entrepreneur isn't letting the grass grow under his feet.

Jayden Soroka started Pixelbox Studio in 2009 and Creative Lab in 2015. (Submitted by Jayden Soroka)

Jayden Soroka won the 2015 Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce Young Entrepreneur Award for his video and film production company, Pixelbox Studio, which he established in 2009. Soroka has produced everything from national television commercial spots, to online projects.

Now he's onto the next thing: Creative Lab, a shared office space for people to work together on creative, independent projects. The space provides a home for graphic designers, other filmmakers, photographers and marketers. 

Soroka says Creative Lab is exactly what he and others in Whitehorse have been needing for some time.

"I realized there's so much talent locally, that isn't being used," he said. "And there's silos and people off on their own doing stuff, and I was like: 'We just need to talk on a regular basis. We need to collaborate, we need to work together.'"

Creative Lab, a shared workspace for entrepreneurs, opened in December 2015, (Steve Hossack/CBC)

Soroka says the idea behind the lab is to foster creativity by sharing skills and ideas. He compares the space to a "start-up hub."

"It's like an incubation space, hot desk space, to just kind of give you the access you need, a place to work, people to work with, to kind of get your ideas going."

He says he hopes to see the lab continue to grow in the years ahead.


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