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

The Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre supports student innovation and entrepreneurship at Queen’s University. DDQIC brings people together across all disciplines and provides resources to support innovation and the creation of products and services that make a difference in our region and internationally.

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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  • Queen's Principal Daniel Woolf thanks The Dunin Foundation -- established by Andrew and Anne Dunin -- and Gururaj and Jaishree Desphande for their support of innovation and entrepreneurship at Queen's. (Photo by Garrett Elliott)
    Queen's Principal Daniel Woolf thanks The Dunin Foundation -- established by Andrew and Anne Dunin -- and Gururaj and Jaishree Desphande for their support of innovation and entrepreneurship at Queen's. (Photo by Garrett Elliott)
  • Shelby Yee joins Gururaj and Jaishree Desphande on stage during the gift announcement.
    Shelby Yee joins Gururaj and Jaishree Desphande on stage during the gift announcement. Ms. Yee, Sc'16, a former participant in the Queen's Innovation Connector Summer Initiative, spoke about the ways the support will benefit students. (Photo by Garrett Elliott)
  • Gryllies

    QICSI companies Gryllies and Lumos take first and second place at the Queen's Venture Network UPstart Pitch Competition. Photo credit: David Wile Read more...

  • Natasha Baziuk, Gryllies

    Natasha Baziuk pitching Gryllies, the venture she co-founded, at the Queen's Innovation Connector Summer Initiative Final Pitch Competition. Photo credit: James McLellan

  • Sidneyeve Matrix

    The Queen's Innovation Connector is very excited to announce that Sidneyeve Matrix has joined its Executive Team. Read more...

  • Regional Pitch 2017

    The Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre (DDQIC) is pleased to announce the Regional Pitch Competition! To apply, ventures should send an up-to-date Business Model Canvas to innovation.centre@queensu.ca by 8 am March 6, 2017. For more information and FAQs, please visit our QyourVenture page.

Resources for Students