Queen's Innovation Centre

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

Our Ecosystem

QIC is a lean start-up, and as such we have leveraged and coordinated a multitude of resources in order to deliver our early success.

QIC breaks down the campus and regional boundaries by leveraging existing resources at Queen’s, our region, and internationally to support students’ entrepreneurial endeavors. The organizations below are QIC’s partners, and they provide valuable services and resources to youth entrepreneurs, often for free. 

Innovation Kingston

Innovation Kingston is an ecosystem that offers access to incredible resources ranging from investors, mentorship, acceleration programs, and infrastructure. Kingston is bringing people together, supporting their drive to create, explore and innovate.


INK Partners:

Innovation Park at Queen's

Innovation Park provides space to QIC students in QIC Acceleration and QyourVenture. Many of the organizations that provide support to student entrepreneurs in our region are located at Innovation Park. 

Learn more about Innovation Park

Innovation Park at Queen's University is a community of academic, industrial and government researchers working together to cultivate ideas, identify and transform important technological discoveries and, with the aid of commercialization and market development experts, propel innovations into the marketplace. Founded in 2007 with support from the provincial government and Queen’s University as the catalyst, Innovation Park is accelerating university-industry interaction and stimulating commercialization and economic development in the South Eastern Ontario region.

Business Mentorship

Launch Lab – Regional Innovation Centre

Launch Lab provides access to business consultations, market intelligence, training, and guidance on raising capital. Many of these resources are free. Launch Lab is a one-stop shop for technology based startups and growing companies. They are a team of entrepreneurs, investors, ex-CEO’s, and professional analysts who can help your company grow and bring innovative, technology based products to the marketplace. They support tech based companies in Eastern Ontario who are in four main industries; information technology, life sciences and healthcare, cleantech, and advanced manufacturing.

Kingston Economic Development Corporation

KEDCO provides resources to small businesses in the Kingston area. 

Frontenac Community Futures Development Corporation

Frontenac CFDC is a non-profit organization offering free business advice and commercial financing to entrepreneurs and those looking to start a business in the Frontenacs and supports community based projects. 

Intellectual Property

Office of Partnerships and Innovation Technology Transfer Unit (OPI-TTU)

OPI-TTU (formerly PARTEQ Innovations) provides intellectual property services to QIC students and professors. OPI was founded by Queen’s University in 1987 to commercialize intellectual property arising from university-generated research. A not-for-profit organization, OPI provides Queen’s researchers with the business and financial expertise they need to advance their discoveries to the public. Since its inception, OPI has spun off 47 companies, which have raised more than $1.2 billion in external financing, and returned more than $30 million to the university and its inventors.

Queen's Library Resources on Patents and Designs

The Queen's Library has extensive resources on patents and intellectual property.

Legal Services

Queen's Business Law Clinic

QBLB provides pro-bono legal counsel to entrepreneurs. You can book an appointment and learn more here:

Accounting Services

Collins Barrow

Collins Barrow is a strong supporter of the QIC Summer Initiative. They have provided pro-bono accounting services to QICSI in the past, and are well versed in the accounting advice startups need.