Dean's Changemaker Challenge (ASCX200 & ASCX300)


The Dean’s Changemaker Challenge is back for students across the Faculty of Arts and Science.

Do you have an innovative idea but aren’t sure where to start logistically or financially? Take the Dean’s Changemaker Challenge courses (ASCX 200 and 300) to learn how to start and launch an entrepreneurial venture and turn your innovative ideas into reality.

At the end of the term, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in a Final Pitch competition, where a panel of alumni judges, including Dean Barbara Crow, awards seed funding to the best venture(s).

Interested in making changes? Enrol in ASCX 200 and ASCX 300 this year. These two courses are now part of the Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Creativity (QEIC-ENIN) Certificate and are a new pathway to the QUIP Entrepreneurial Stream. Learn more in our story New Experiential Learning Opportunities for Arts & Science Students

2021 - 2022

The final pitch competition of the 2021-2022 academic year took place in April, and FinFem and UnLoved Foods were declared the big winners, each being awarded $7,500 in seed funding. Read more about the Final Pitch Competition in our story: Pitch Perfect - Two Teams Earn Funding in Dean's Changemaker Challenge.

FinFem is a fintech company that aims to uplift women in the financial sphere by increasing financial literacy, amplifying women’s voices in finance, and connecting investors to personal wealth management companies to kickstart their investment journeys. Long-term, we aim to equip our customers with the tools they need to have a sustainable financial future and contribute to resolving the gendered investment gap.

 The mission of UnLoved Foods is to rescue “ugly” fruits and vegetables from local farms, grocery stores, and restaurants to create delicious and nutritious food and beverage products, while ensuring that they are supporting local economies by paying above-market rates for rescued products and donating to local food insecurity organizations.

2020 - 2021

LetsBloom is a children's book series that aims to tackle the Canadian youth mental health crisis. LetsBloom's mission is to equip children with the proper tools and resources necessary to navigate their mental health in a post-COVID world. 

Learn more about LetsBloom and the first-ever Dean's Changemaker Challenge in our story: Dean Crow Challenges Students to Make Changes.

Interested in previous ventures and pitch competition winners? Learn more about our 2021 ventures and 2022 ventures.


Dean Barbara Crow challenges you to make changes. The Dean’s Changemaker Challenge is a hands-on learning opportunity for you to collaborate with other undergraduate students from across the Faculty and make meaningful changes in ways that matter to you.

These two on-campus courses – offered for the first time in 2020/2021 – are designed to help you innovate by understanding the process of launching entrepreneurial ventures. You will learn to identify real-world challenges and opportunities, work collaboratively to develop solutions, and use startup business strategies to establish ventures. To support your success in the Challenge, as well as your career development, we have arranged for you to be mentored by Arts and Science alumni who are currently successful entrepreneurs . These experts will support your group as you prepare to showcase your venture and compete for investment at the Dean’s Changemaker Challenge pitch competition and, together, they comprise an invaluable network for your future career.   

The skills you’ll learn through the Dean’s Changemaker Challenge will serve you beyond your experience here at Queen’s. You’ll gain in-demand skills including leadership, project management, teamwork and entrepreneurship.

FAS is fostering change. We launched our first ever Strategic Plan in Fall 2019 and the Dean’s Changemaker Challenge is one of the initiatives outlined in our plan. Now it’s your turn to help us implement it, along with other initiatives, to support our strategic priorities of enriching the student experience, transforming our spaces, and supporting our people.


In this on-campus course, you will learn to apply startup business principles, concepts, and frameworks to real-world situations. In addition, you will evaluate how disruptive and incremental innovations bring about changes in the market through new business models, technologies, and paradigms. Concepts will be taught through identification and discussions of real-world opportunities and problems.   

At the beginning of the course, you will collaborate, learn and adapt to different working styles, and develop the interpersonal communication skills necessary for a successful business partnership. By the 3rd week, students will be sorted into teams based on your interests and aspirations.

As a final stage in the course, teams will pitch their ventures at the Dean’s Changemaker Challenge, a competitive event where a panel of alumni judges will award seed funding to the best venture(s).

Successful completion of this course will provide subsequent admission to ASCX 300. Space is limited to 50 students, so be sure to load this into your shopping cart and enroll as soon as possible!

This course is only available for FAS students.  It is also an alternative core course for the Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Creativity Certificate (replaces ENIN 200 which is an online course).


Also run on campus, the course is dedicated to the implementation of a solution to a pre-identified problem. The topics will be immediately relevant to launching a venture, such as entrepreneurial project management, capitalizing a venture, and organizational governance. Working in the same ASCX 200 team, where students developed their first Minimum Viable Product (MVP), teams will then craft the proposed solution into a prototype and final pitch. 

By the end of the course, students can expect to have begun the implementation of a solution to a real-world problem. The course will culminate with the teams pitching their prototypes at the final Dean’s Changemaker Challenge, a competitive event where a panel of alumni judges will award seed funding to the best venture(s).

This course is only available for FAS students.  It is also an alternative core course for the Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Creativity Certificate (replaces CHEE 302 which is an online course).


You can enrol in the Dean’s Changemaker Challenge courses (ASCX 200 & 300) through the regular course enrolment process. Please note the below prerequisites and exclusions.

ASCX 200:

PREREQUISITE Level 2 or above and in an Arts and Science Program EXCLUSION ENIN 200 (Foundations of Entrepreneurship).

ASCX 300: 

PREREQUISITE ASCX 200 and registration in an Arts and Science Degree Plan. EXCLUSION CHEE302

Note: Space for these courses is limited to 50 students, so be sure to load this into your shopping cart and enrol as soon as possible.

Note: ASCX 200 and ASCX 300 are only offered on campus and now count as core options in the Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Creativity (QEIC-ENIN) Certificate.


Check back later for a list of 2021-2022 mentors. Previous mentors included:

Randy Ahuja
Global Senior Executive
Bloom Energy

Randy Ahuja is a global C-level leader with 25+ years’ of experience with a passion for restructuring traditional global organizations eager to successfully compete in industries facing technology disruption.  He has conducted business worldwide leading to a unique global perspective and ability to successfully manage complex international operations and multi-cultural alliance relationships.

Currently, Randy is at Bloom Energy Corporation which is a Silicon Valley based clean energy company aimed at providing reliable, distributed energy through specialized fuel cell technology.  He serves as CEO of Bloom SK Fuel Cell based in Seoul and President of Bloom Energy Japan based in Tokyo. Prior to Bloom, Randy spent 20 years in the automotive industry with diverse roles at Nissan, General Motors and Ford.  He was Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Nissan’s Global Electric Vehicle Battery Business and General Manager for the Global Corporate Strategy Group serving the Nissan CEO and Executive Committee headquartered in Japan.   At General Motors, Randy held a variety of assignments in New York and Detroit including strategic alliances, overseas finance, distressed supplier management and product development.  He started his automotive career in Canada working in Labor Relations at a Ford Motor Company vehicle assembly plant.

Randy earned an MBA from Columbia University, a Master of Industrial Relations from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Science Honours degree from Queen's University.

Bruce Keith
Senior Investment Adisor, Climate Finance, Latin America and the Caribbean
International Finance Corporation

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

My mission is in designing and executing comprehensive and proactive international business and economic development strategies designed to promote financial sustainability and independence. My talents lie in creating business investment and acquisition strategies that cascade for international implementation, in addition to aligning execution with commercial integration strategies for unique markets and regions. I possess multi-industry and multi-country leadership, operations and transaction execution experience in both start-up and established corporate environments.

Resourceful and creative, I recognize opportunities and build new enterprises that produce strong bottom lines, while enacting positive social and environmental impact. I have found that nothing satisfies me more than leading by serving, as I am a believer in “doing well by doing good” by succeeding in impacting (not just bottom line) and achieving buy-in from team members to achieve a common goal.

Lauren Long
Senior Software Engineer & Technical Lead
Google San Francisco

Lauren is a Senior Software Engineer and Technical Lead at Google San Francisco. Prior to joining Google, Lauren co-founded the storage-on-demand startup Boxit, and was the first Product Manager at wearable tech company Nymi. Lauren has spoken at conferences on 4 continents about entrepreneurship and technology. In her spare time, she enjoys salsa dancing, rock climbing, and writing.

Lauren graduated from Queen's University in 2013 with a degree in Biomedical Computing, and won the Medal in Computing for highest GPA. During her time at Queen's, she was Undergraduate Student Trustee and sat on the Campus Development and Planning Committee. After graduation, she was selected to participate in the third cohort of The Next 36 - Canada's premier entrepreneurship program. As a proud ArtSci grad who is passionate about education and entrepreneurship, Lauren is very excited to mentor the Dean's Changemaker Challenge.

Scott Reynolds
Co-Founder & CEO

Scott is an accomplished payments industry executive and entrepreneur. He has led the creation and launch of a range of innovative payment products for startups and F500 companies.

As a founder, Scott has created two fintech (financial technology) startups, with a successful exit to global payments leader Payoneer. He has also managed teams launching innovative products at major industry players PayPal and MasterCard.  Scott is a respected thought leader and frequent industry speaker, having spoken at events such as the PYMNTS Innovation Forum, B2B Online Annual Conference, and NamesCon Global.  

Scott lives in Silicon Valley with his artist wife and teenage twins (twice the trouble!). He considers himself a bit of a weekend warrior, playing ice hockey, going mountain biking, and playing tennis whenever he can find the time. He grew up in Toronto (eh!) and received his BA (Honours) from Queen's University in Kingston Ontario and his MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.