Queen's Innovation Centre

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

i²TRM - International Innovation Term

The i2TRM combines a semester abroad in the UK with a chance to form your business venture.











  • A 2-week intensive business bootcamp to develop your skills. Part 1 delivered by guest experts in Kingston, Ontario. Part 2 delivered on-site at the BISC's Herstmonceux Castle in East Sussex, UK.
  • 4-5 field trips to visit major centres of creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship in London and nearby cities (museums, theatres, start-ups, incubators, etc.)
  • 1-2 self-curated business trips to create learning and networking opportunities to develop your venture.
  • 5+ guest lectures from members of the London node of DDQIC's Global Network. Members are Queen's alumni coming from a variety of backgrounds in engineering, law, and business. They will conduct a guest lecture, listen to pitches, provide one-on-one feedback to teams, and network with the cohort.
  • Weekly pitches of your venture progress to guest experts, peers, professors & program coordinators.
  • Final pitch competition. By the end of the program, ventures will have a minimum viable product and compete for early stage funding.


  • An innovation lab in the Castle equipped with tools for building and prototyping (woodworking, metalworking, soldering, 3D scanning and printing, etc.). Support will be given for students to get access to other materials/workarounds.
  • Co-working spaces.
Course offerings
Requirement Units Course Name
Mandatory 1 x 3.0 •  ENIN 200/3.0 Foundations of Entrepreneurship
Mandatory 1 x 3.0 •  ENIN 400/3.0 Innovation Design Sprint
Minimum 1 x 3.0

•  CHEE 302 Technical Entrepreneurship 
•  ENIN 301/3.0 Creative Entrepreneurship

Maximum 2 x  3.0 •  COMM 328/3.0 International Finance;
•  ENGL 281/3.0 Legends of King Arthur: Medieval to Modern
•  HIST 289/3.0 Britain since 1851;
•  HIST 241/3.0 Issues in History: Medieval Europe: Castles, Kingdoms, and Religious Conflict;
•  IDIS 304/3.0 British Studies I;
•  INTS 312/3.0 Journalism in the 21st Century;
•  LLCU 214/3.0 Mafia Culture and the Power of Symbols, Rituals and Myth.


Program Timeline
When What Details
August 13-18 Visit to QICSI

Open House for BISC i2TRM cohort at QICSI.

August 20-24 i2TRM x QICSI i2TRM cohort watch QICSI final pitches online or in person.
August 27-21 Part 1: i2TRM Bootcamp Bootcamp begins in Kingston, ON.
September 5-9 Move in and orientation BISC move-in day on September 5th. BISC orientation over September 6-9.
Week 1 September 10-16 Part 2: i2TRM Bootcamp classes begin Greg Bavington, Sidneyeve Matrix and P. Jim MacLellan instruct accelerated ENIN course material. i2TRM team formation and ideation begins.
Week 2 September 17-23

Global Network Guest Lecture

Classes continue

Global Network London Node member attends to present a talk, listen to pitches, and provide one-to-one feedback to teams.

From weeks 2-12, students complete online portion of ENIN courses, attend regular courses & work on team venture (INRE course).

Week 3 September 24-30

Weekend Field Trip

Classes Continue 

Students embark on an innovation & entrepreneurship field trip to tour start-ups, innovation exhibits & museums, visit local experts, etc.

Weeks 4-11

October 1 - November 25

Global Network Guest Lectures & Field Trips, alternating; classes continue

Self-curated Business Trips

In latter half of semester, teams plan and embark on self-curated business trips to develop their venture.

Week 6-7

October 19-28

Mid-term Trip and Reading Period Venture up to York In Northern England, and Edinburgh, Scotland, for 5 days on the mid-term trip, followed by a 5-day reading period.
Week 12 November 26 - December 2

Final Pitch Competition

Classes end November 29

Teams compete for seed funding to pursue their venture beyond i2TRM.

i2TRM program wrap-up.

December 13

Departure Day





































Program Fees & Affordability

You can have the chance to experience a semester abroad for great value at the Castle!

  • Non-repayable supports are available to cover up to $5,000, 25% of the program fee.
  • Going away for Fall semester allows you to save on 4-8 months of rent in Kingston (May-December) by waiting to sign a lease or subletting.
  • The 5 courses will count as electives towards your degree, which would otherwise be paid in tuition to complete your degree.

The program cost of $20,959 includes food, residence, tuition, and all programming fees.

We are now accepting applications. Go to the BISC website to apply.