Build2Scale Health

Are you and a team or individual developing or interested in developing an entrepreneurial venture in health innovation? We can provide you with mentorship, network, and financial support with the flexibility you need to fit your busy schedule.

Drawing inspiration from the WHO Health Innovation Group definition of health innovation, we are searching for teams or individuals who want to “develop and deliver new or improved health policies, systems, products and technologies, and services and delivery methods that improve people’s health.” If you are looking to create distinctive value to unmet needs in the health sector, this program is for you!

CleanSlate UV Founders

Build2Scale Health was an undeniably valuable experience. Boot camp was very thorough and included insightful mentoring, strategic guidance, as well as countless professional resources. We are very thankful to be a part of the DDQIC community which continues to offer opportunities well beyond our graduation from the program.

Ryan Jobe
Co-founder of Remote Optometry, Build2Scale 2020 cohort

Program Details

A program for entrepreneurial teams and individuals who are responding to unmet needs in the health sector. Teams must be comprised of at least two co-founders who can commit to participating in the program. Early stage ideas are welcome! 

Two ways to apply: 

  • Participate full-time in person and receive a 10,000 stipend (maximum 3 stipends available per team)
  • Participate part-time virtually with no stipend 

We are accepting teams or individuals who are working on, or would like to work on innovations in preventive, promotive, therapeutic, rehabilitative, and/or assistive care.

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Applications close at 8 am on Monday, March 20, 2023 

May - August 2022

The program includes a live two-week bootcamp, weekly live online training sessions, and weekly update pitches with a community of entrepreneurs and program coaches.

For those participating with a stipend, the program requires you to work on fully in-person at the Rose Innovation Hub on Queen's campus from the second Monday in May to the last Friday in August, dedicating a minimum of full-time hours to their venture for the duration of the program. There are only 2 vacation days afforded to each participant throughout the summer. Full attendance is required for all speakers, workshops, and scheduled events.

For those participating with no stipend, the program will allow you to hold flexible hours and work on your venture virtually at your own pace, but we encourage all teams to take full advantage of program opportunities. Participants can attend as many live sessions as they are able to virtually or watch all content on-demand at their own pace.

Important Dates

Application deadline:

Monday, March 20 at 8:00 AM (EST)

Interview dates: 

Friday, March 24, all day.


May 8-August 25, 2023

The Build2Scale Health program offers several benefits:

  • Opportunities to compete for dedicated health innovation seed funding prizes and a grand prize of up to $30,000
  • Learn from esteemed faculty, entrepreneurs, and business strategists in DDQIC's network who have experience in health innovation
  • Access a curated network of mentors and grow your network in healthcare
  • Participate in foundational entrepreneurship training including topics like design thinking, customer discovery, and systems thinking with healthcare-related examples
  • Access legal and IP strategy support from legal professionals
  • Opportunity to pitch for up to $4,000 in seed funding for your team 

GrowRural Health  

In 2022, our team launched a new stream titled GrowRural Health. This stream specifically looks for teams with innovative ideas and solutions to improve the health landscape in rural communities. This stream will follow the same application as Build2Scale house and program founders will also be given mentorship, financial support and a network of people that will guide your venture to success. 


In an effort to better capture the whole of the Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox, and Addington (KFLA) region, DDQIC expanded our programming, to narrow in on the specific opportunities and challenges of health in the rural sector. Over 80 percent of Kingston is considered rural, and the sector has specific needs and opportunities.To start the conversation, some workshops were held.

January 19, 2022: Rural Health Innovation in the KFL&A Region: Challenges and Opportunities

Challenges/Opportunities identified:

  • Inequities in access to care;
  • Scarcity of adequate and supportive housing;
  • Communication and the digital divide;
  • Inadequate access and availability of transportation services; and
  • Unjust financial barriers both for the physician and patient.

March 29, 2022, Rural Health Innovation In the KFLA Region: Continuing the Conversation with David Townsend

  • Learn how the concept of the health home is changing the way healthcare connects and communicates.
  • Gain insight into how compassionate communities are providing much-needed support to patients and caregivers.

May 24, 2022 Innovating Together for Better Health with the FLA-OHT

Learn about:

  • Frontenac Lennox and Addington Ontario Health Team that is transforming our local health-care system through innovations in digital health and integrated care models
  • Opportunities for innovators and entrepreneurs to collaborate with the FLA OHT on this transformation journey
  • Opportunities for innovation to address rural health challenges

If you are interested in collaborating with us about Rural Health Innovation, please email

Health Innovation (Build2Scale Health and GrowRural) is funded by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario.