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DDQIC Regional Pitch Competition

Fall 2018 

Do you need seed funding to advance your startup idea? Or do you need more training, funding and mentorship to grow your company? This competition is for you!

The DDQIC is hosting a Fall pitch competition to give early-stage startups the opportunity to compete for seed funding for their venture, or to admit a team of co-founders into the Queen's Innovation Centre Summer Initiative (QICSI) program. Startups will be pitching to a panel of international judges from the DDQIC Global Network to gain valuable feedback on their business model while getting a chance to win significant funding and support to help their company. This competition is open to ventures at Queen's and in the Kingston region. Applicants must be based in the Kingston region but do NOT have to be associated with Queen's University. In the adjudication process, the impact of the venture on the Kingston region will be taken into consideration for all regional applicants.

Stream 1:

Stream 2:

Are you looking for early-stage seed funding to build your idea into a venture? Ventures who have been funded less than $5000 (grants, pitch prizes, loans, equity) are eligible to apply to compete for seed funding in this stream. The pool of funding available is approximately $30,000. Pitches will take place on Dec 3rd for those who are selected. 
Working on a venture already, and want to dive in to building it next summer as part of an intensive incubator program? This is an opportunity to get paid to build your business over the summer, while receiving seed funding, training, mentorship and office space as part of QICSI 2019. QICSI is a full-time commitment for the entirety of May to August for co-founders who are committed to building their ventures. The QICSI program is not a wage subsidy program for employees; it is designed only for co-founders. Pitches will take place on Dec 4th for those who are selected. 

Expectations for Applying

The information in the Business Model Canvas/Social Business Model Canvas has been integrated into the application form. All applicants are expected to review the following resources that outline how to effectively complete the Business Model Canvas/Social Business Model Canvas:

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.


The application process will happen in two stages:

1) Complete one of the Application Forms provided in the survey links below by November 16, 2018 at noon. If you have a social enterprise or non-profit, please submit your application via the “Social Business Model Application Form”. All other applicants can submit via the “Business Model Canvas Application Form” link.

Note: The Business Model Canvas/Social Business Model Canvas has been integrated into the applications below. Please fill out each field as it corresponds to your draft of the Business Model Canvas/Social Business Model Canvas. You do NOT need to submit the one-page canvas as a separate file.

2) Pitch to the DDQIC team and a panel of Global Network judges. Details about pitch time and location will be confirmed following the successful completion of the application process. All pitches will take place on Queen's University main campus in Kingston. If you are pitching for admission into QICSI through Stream 2, all co-founders who want to be part of QICSI must be present for the pitch. 

Application Deadline: November 16, 2018 at NOON (12:00 PM EST)

Pitch Event

Stream 1: December 3rd, 2018

Stream 2: December 4th, 2018

The Regional Pitch Competition Series is made up of three pitch competitions per year in the fall, winter, and summer. The next opportunity to pitch in the series will be in the Winter 2019. Check back here in January 2019 for details about the next pitch competition.