Youth Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Queen's International Innovation High School Competition

More details coming soon!

Mayor's Innovation Challenge

The Mayor's Innovation Challenge provides a unique opportunity for current or recently graduated post-secondary students, to apply their knowledge to real-world issues and help shape the future of Kingston. 

Submit a Proposal


Shad is a month-long program for grade 10 & 11s. DDQIC and Queen's University participate as campus partners providing classrooms, university level STEAM and entrepreneurship content, and access to mentors.

Explore Shad

Engineering Innovation

DDQIC and Connections Engineering Outreach have teamed up with Queen's Enrichment Studies to provide a Spring Break program that exposes youth to engineering, design, presentation skills, entrepreneurship, and more. Youth design and pitch their own mobile application to better the world! Youth learn and apply the Design Thinking method and how innovation and change is shaping the world and Queen’s University.

Register for Engineering Innovation

Other Youth Engagement Opportunities

We collaborate with local high schools and youth organizations to provide enriching educational experiences on innovation and entrepreneurship.


Take a tour of the Rose Innovation Hub and SparQ Studios Makerspace, and hear from first-time founders. Learn stories of young people who are building businesses, prototyping their ideas, and solving the world's pressing problems.

Contact us


We provide youth workshops on Design Thinking, Pitching, Prototyping, and more. Youth receive a hands-on experience and sharpen their skills for innovation and problem-solving.