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DDQIC launches a new Toronto node of the Global Network

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 | By Chloe Beisheim

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Launching a new mentorship network for Queen's startups

Recognizing that there has always been a vast base of highly educated and globally connected alumni in Toronto, DDQIC is excited to announce the launch of the Toronto node, the newest addition to the Global Network.

DDQIC hosted a launch event at ONRamp @ U of T Entrepreneurship on the evening of February 12th, 2020 where they educated Toronto-based alumni about the important role alumni mentorship plays in fostering entrepreneurship at Queen's University and in the Kingston community. DDQIC also ran a Design Thinking workshop for leaders and volunteers from various Toronto alumni chapters to expose them to this method of innovation taught at Queen's.

Alumni who are part of this new node will form a virtual network providing the necessary mentorship and connections to help entrepreneurs expand their businesses in Toronto. They will also receive special opportunities to share their expertise through speaking and pitch judging opportunities.

For the last four years, international Queen’s alumni have been stepping up to help student entrepreneurs take on the enormous challenge of entering a foreign market. Through DDQIC’s Global Network, alumni provide valuable support to entrepreneurs, such as connecting entrepreneurs with local business people in a new city or navigating cultural nuances.

So far, more than a dozen Toronto-based alumni with diverse backgrounds have offered their support to entrepreneurs.

Meet the alumni of the Toronto node

Are you an alumni interested in volunteering your time to mentor student entrepreneurs? Contact DDQIC

Are you an entrepreneur looking for mentorship? Browse the list of mentors in our Global Network.