Queen's Innovation Centre

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


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 Startups – Call for submissions to compete at the Dunin-Deshpande Summer Pitch Competition

The Queen’s Innovation Centre Summer Initiative is in its 6th year, and for the first time, regional startups are invited to compete for a chance to win seed funding to further their companies at the Dunin-Deshpande Summer Pitch Competition on August 16, 2017. 

With up to $80,000 in prize money available, the founders of early stage startups have the opportunity to pitch their venture to a panel of judges and compete against other entrepreneurs.

The Summer Pitch Competition is open to anyone in the region who has a business and has not already received $10,000 in funding. The selection of the startups who advance to compete at the pitch competition will be at the discretion of the Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre team. 

Interested in applying? 

Submit a two minute video pitching your venture to innovation.centre@queensu.ca by noon on July 25, 2017.

Note: If you are chosen as a finalist to compete in the Summer Pitch Competition, there will be mandatory pitch coaching sessions on August 2nd during business hours. Please do not apply if you cannot attend this session. A practice pitch session to a panel of international Queen’s alumni will take place the week of August 7th; this session is optional, but all founders are encouraged to attend as it will improve your chance of success at the pitch competition. Once confirmed, details of the practice pitches will be distributed to the ventures that are selected to compete.