Queen's Innovation Centre

Dunin-Deshpande Queen's Innovation Centre
Dunin-Deshpande Queen's Innovation Centre

Welcome to the Dunin-Deshpande Queen's Innovation Centre Site

Created as a lean startup in 2012, the Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre is now a driver of innovation and entrepreneurship activity across Queen’s, Kingston and the southeastern Ontario region. The mission of the Centre is to encourage, enable and support the innovation activities of students, professors, entrepreneurs, regional and Canadian companies through incubators, accelerators, joint courses, workshops, internship opportunities, seminar series, conferences and business plan competitions. 

Applications for Winter 2018 Regional Pitch Competitions are now open! 

This is an opportunity for early stage ventures in Kingston to compete for seed funding, participation in our intensive summer boot camp, and mentorship from industry professionals. Startups will be pitching to a panel of international judges from the DDQIC Global Network to gain valuable feedback on their business model while getting a chance to win significant funding and support to help their company. This competition is open to ventures at Queen's and in the Kingston region.

Deadline: February 4th, 2018 at 11:59 PM

Interested in applying?

  • Pitch Competition for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Queen's University for Start-ups in Kingston

    Apply to the Winter 2018 Regional Pitch competition for a chance to win seed funding to turn your innovative venture idea into a reality. Teams awarded funding will also participate in a two-week intensive summer boot camp to develop their business acumen. 

  • Mayor's Innovation Challenge

    The Mayor's Innovation Challenge is a competition calling on teams of students from Kingston's major post-secondary institutions to develop innovative proposals to address a challenge faced by the City of Kingston. Learn more here

  • The Spectra Plasmonics team wins top prize at the Lee Kuan Yew Global Business Plan Competition

    Great news! Spectra Plasmonics takes home top prize at the Lee Kuan Yew Global Business Plan Competition! Read more about the competition and Spectra Plasmonic's journey in News and Events.

  • The Dunin-Deshpande Queen's Innovation Centre is on social media

    The Dunin-Deshpande Queen's Innovation Centre is on social media! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up-to-date with news, information about our programs and upcoming events!

  • Have you heard about Gryllies yet? A company founded during QICSI 2015, Gryllies has recently launched their online shop and two new flavours! Check out our story in News and Events.

  • Congratulations to the winners of our Dunin-Deshpande Summer Pitch Competition

    Congratulations to the winning teams of the Dunin-Deshpande Summer Pitch Competition. For more about the participants and the winning teams, visit our story, "Dunin-Deshpande Summer Pitch Competition Results."

  • Shelby Yee joins Gururaj and Jaishree Desphande on stage during the gift announcement.
    Shelby Yee joins Gururaj and Jaishree Deshpande on stage during the gift announcement. Ms. Yee, Sc'16, a former participant in the Queen's Innovation Centre Summer Initiative, spoke about the ways the support will benefit students. (Photo by Garrett Elliott)

Inspiring investment for innovation

Innovation and entrepreneurship programming at Queen’s University has received support from distinguished alumni.

The Dunin Foundation – established by Andrew Dunin, Sc’83, MBA’87, and his wife Anne Dunin, Artsci’83 – and Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande, PhD’79, and his wife Jaishree Deshpande jointly have provided a significant gift to Queen’s Innovation Connector. In recognition of this support, the university-wide initiative to support student innovation and entrepreneurship will now be known as the Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre.

“Since our founding several years ago, we have encouraged, enabled, and supported the innovation activities of student, professors, entrepreneurs, and Canadian companies,” says Greg Bavington, Executive Director, Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre. “With the generous support of the Dunins and the Deshpandes, we will move beyond the lean start-up phase of this initiative and rapidly increase Queen’s capacity to drive innovation and entrepreneurship across the region.”

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