Queen's Innovation Centre

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

About the Dunin-Deshpande Queen's Innovation Centre

The Dunin-Deshpande Queen's Innovation Centre (DDQIC) is a pan-university initiative enabled through the Office of the Provost‎ and strong continuing support from its founding faculties. DDQIC was established in 2012 by the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and the Smith School of Business.

The mission of DDQIC is to encourage, enable and support the innovation and entrepreneurship activities of students, professors, entrepreneurs and community members through incubators, accelerators, joint courses, workshops, internship opportunities, seminar series, conferences and business plan competitions. 

Led by Queen’s award-winning faculty together with some of the world’s best innovators, policy makers, and legal and business strategists, DDQIC challenges students across all faculties to combine their knowledge and skills to bring innovative ideas, inventions and products to market and launch social initiatives for the benefit of our university, our community and our world.

DDQIC emphasizes the value of team diversity in innovative and entrepreneurial endeavors. We have cultivated entrepreneurs from virtually every corner of the university by helping them to partner with students from different programs and backgrounds. 

QICSI 2015 Cohort

The QIC Summer Initiative 2015 cohort at the QIC Pitch Competition. Ventures competed for up to $30,000 to further their venture. Learn more here. Photo credit: Jim McLellan