Queen's Innovation Centre

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


QyourVenture is an acceleration program for students with a team and an idea. As part of QyourVenture, you will receive training, space, and the opportunity to access seed funding for your business venture. DDQIC accepts companies into QyourVenture on a regular basis throughout the school year.

As part of QyourVenture, you will benefit from:

  • The opportunity to participate in the Dunin-Deshpande Queen's Innovation Centre Summer Initiative (QICSI) bootcamp in the first two weeks of May. The QICSI bootcamp is an intensive two week program with full time classes taught by Business and Engineering professors, seasoned entrepreneurs and business experts. This part of QyourVenture develops the necessary hard skills for entrepreneurship.
  • Access to space at Innovation Park for up to two years. Current students can access this space for free, and graduates or non-Queen’s students pay a nominal fee to cover insurance.
  • The opportunity to compete for seed funding in the Regional Pitch Competition Series. As a QyourVenture participant you will be notified when applications are open for funding. 
  • Invitations to QICSI guest speakers throughout the summer covering various topics relevant to your venture.
  • Access to the DDQIC network and guidance from the DDQIC team.

Apply to QyourVenture

You can apply for the QyourVenture program at any time. If you are interested in joining QyourVenture, please email us and we can set up a meeting to discuss your venture and the program. You are encouraged to complete the Business Model Canvas before coming to your meeting.

In order to learn more about how to effectively complete the Business Model Canvas, applicants are expected to review the following resources:

1) https://strategyzer.com/canvas/business-model-canvas
2) Business Model Canvas Breakdown (by Jim McLellan)
3) Social Business Model Canvas

Applicants should also refer to these Additional Resources to get a more in depth understanding of what a competitive business model entails.