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QyourVenture is an acceleration program for students with a team and a fully formed idea. As part of QyourVenture, you will receive space and training for your business venture. QIC accepts companies into QyourVenture on a regular basis throughout the school year.

As part of QyourVenture, you will benefit from:

  • The opportunity to participate in the QIC Summer Initiative bootcamp in the first two weeks of May. The QICSI bootcamp is an intensive two week program with full time classes taught by Business and Engineering professors, seasoned entrepreneurs and business experts. This part of QyourVenture develops the necessary hard skills for entrepreneurship.
  • Access to space at Innovation Park for up to two years. Current students can access this space for free, and graduates or non-Queen’s students pay a nominal fee to cover insurance
  • The opportunity to compete for seed funding. As a QyourVenture participant you will be notified when applications are open for funding. Stay tuned for exciting new opportunities to access seed funding in the New Year!
  • Invitations to QICSI guest speakers throughout the summer covering various topics relevant to your venture
  • Access to the QIC network and guidance from the QIC team

Apply to QyourVenture

If you are interested in joining QyourVenture, please email us and we can set up a meeting to discuss your venture and the program. You are strongly encouraged to complete the Business Model Canvas.


Regional Pitch Competition FAQs

The Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre (DDQIC) is pleased to announce the Regional Pitch Competition!

With up to $20,000 in prize money available, the Regional Pitch Competition allows budding entrepreneurs to pitch their venture to a panel of judges, compete against other entrepreneurs and receive immediate feedback on their project.

Below are some commonly asked questions regarding the Regional Pitch Competition. This page will continue to be populated as questions may arise leading up to the competition.

Who is eligible to apply?

The Regional Pitch Competition is open to anyone who has a business idea and who has not already been granted $5,000 from DDQIC. This competition is open to all within the region, not just Queen’s students.

The purpose of this event is to support early stage companies, and consequently if a company has raised more than $5000 it is likely not a good fit, but they can still apply. We will assess the stages of the companies once we receive the applications and ensure that the funds are awarded fairly to the companies that are invited to pitch.

How do I apply?

To apply, ventures should send an up-to-date Business Model Canvas to innovation.centre@queensu.ca by 8 am March 6, 2017. If you are venture that has already submitted a Business Model Canvas, we strongly encourage you to update it and re-send as an application to the Regional Pitch Competition.

When is the competition?

Practice pitches will be held March 13, 2017 (1-4 pm) and the final competition will be held March 15 (1-4pm).

How is the prize money allocated?

The allocation of the prize money will be determined by the panel of judges based on the strength of the pitches during the competition.

How long should my pitch be?

The length of the pitches will be determined by the number of eligible applicants that can fit into the allotted time slot. Details on pitch length will be provided to the eligible applicants soon after the application deadline.