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QICSI 2016

Queen's Innovation Centre Summer Initiative 2016

The Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre(DDQIC) has been a catalyst to advance innovation and entrepreneurship throughout Queen’s and eastern Ontario. DDQIC is a proud supporter of student success in entrepreneurship.

Delivering on the pitch

Deshpande Centre for Social Entrepreneurship Building

April 4, 2017 |
TimberWolf Cycles representatives receive feedback from Greg Bavington during the Regional Pitch Competition. (Photo credit: Melanie Robb)

The Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre (DDQIC) hosted it’s first Regional Pitch Competition on March 2017. The goal of the competition was to support early-stage ventures from Queen’s and the Kingston region.

The competition, which provided $28,000 in seed funding to seven finalist ventures, was judged by the DDQIC Executive Team along with members of the DDQIC Global Network in London, England, who connected via video conference. Chaired by Heather Christie (Queen’s University Artsci’09), the London branch is supported by 13 Queen’s alumni who come from a variety of different professional and education backgrounds. This branch offers support to DDQIC ventures that want to expand into the UK and the rest of Europe.


Queen's University students find inspiration to create social change at Deshpande Foundation Development Dialogue Conference

Deshpande Centre for Social Entrepreneurship Building
February 14, 2017 | Queen's students listen during a field trip to Save a Mother
At the end of January, the Dunin-Deshpande Queen's Innovation Centre (DDQIC) led a delegation of students from Queen's University to attend the Development Dialogue 2017 Conference. The delegation consisted of student alumni of the Queen's Innovation Centre Summer Initiative (QICSI) program, representatives from student-led conferences and members of the DDQIC executive. The conference, hosted by the Deshpande Foundation, not only allowed the group to have the opportunity to engage in panels regarding global entrepreneurship but the delegation also had the chance to visit the sites of a variety of NGO's and start-ups that are leading social innovation in the region.

DDQIC Prepares to Attend India’s Largest Social Entrepreneurship Conference

Deshpande Centre for Social Entrepreneurship Building
January 26, 2017 | Press
The Deshpande Foundation, founded by Queen’s alumnus Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande (PhD’79) and his wife Jaishree, hosts Development Dialogue, which takes place Jan. 28-29 in Hubballi. The conference brings together 500 delegates from around the world who advance innovative and entrepreneurial ideas to solve complex social challenges. The Dunin-Deshpande Queen's Innovation Centre will lead a small delegation from Queen's University that includes QICSI alumni, representatives from student-led entrepreneurship conferences and members of the DDQIC executive.

Deadline extended: We're Hiring a SparQ Studios Makerspace Director!

QIC SparQ Studios Logo
December 21, 2016 | Opportunity
The Dunin-Deshpande Queen's Innovation Centre (DDQIC) is hiring a Makerspace Development Director for the summer of 2017. The Director will be involved in all aspects of running SparQ Studios. The successful candidate will be responsible for directing the makerspace, implementing its development plans and supporting summer entrepreneurship programs as well as student venture prototyping. Applications close on March 27, 2017.

We're Hiring a 2017 QICSI Coordinator!

QICSI 2016 cohort
December 21, 2016 | Opportunity
The Dunin-Deshpande Queen's Innovation Centre (DDQIC) is hiring a QIC Summer Initiative (QICSI) Coordinator for the summer of 2017. The QICSI Coordinator will be involved in all aspects of running the program and will develop a variety of skills relevant to a career as an entrepreneur, management consultant, project manager or working in the start-up community. Applications close at noon on February 9, 2017.

DDQIC joins the Deshpande Innovation Network

Dunin-Deshpande Gift Announcement
December 12, 2016 | Press
The recent establishment of the Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre as part of the Deshpande Innovation Network not only recognizes the many accomplishments of the DDQIC but will also be an important catalyst for all the exciting changes for the centre. With the support of both the Deshpande Innovation Network and the Dunin Foundation, the DDQIC is well on its way to becoming a leader in student innovation both nationally and globally. As the centre wraps up its fifth year of operations, learn more about what the Dunin-Deshpande Queen's Innovation Centre has accomplished, and what it aspires to accomplish as the newest member of the Foundation.

A Game-Changing Investment in Innovation

New SparQ Studios
October 11, 2016 | Press
On Oct. 11, Queen's announced that it had received a $31 million investment from the Government of Canada under the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund (SIF). The investment will support two capital projects on campus including the creation of the Queen’s Innovation and Wellness Centre.Construction has begun for this new Innovation and Wellness Centre on campus that will be home to an ‘Innovation Hub’ centred around DDQIC.

QICSI 2016 Pitch Competition Results

Amala pitching
August 23, 2016 | Press


After 14 weeks of hard work, our eight QICSI ventures stepped out onto the Isabel Bader's stage to present in the 2016 QICSI Final Pitch Competition. The competition was a huge success with many esteemed guests and QICSI alumni attending the event. The panel of five judges awarded four teams with prize money to put towards their companies. We can't wait to see what all the 2016 QICSI ventures accomplish in the upcoming months!