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

DDQIC Regional Pitch Competition

Dunin-Deshpande Winter Pitch Competition

Application Deadline: Friday, January 10, 2020 at NOON (12:00 PM EST)

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 Winter 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 expert judges to gain valuable feedback on their business model while getting a chance to win significant funding and support for 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 (Seed funding only):

Stream 2 (Admission to QICSI):

Are you looking for early-stage seed funding to build your idea into a venture? Ventures who have less than $5000 (grants, pitch prizes, loans, equity) are eligible to apply to compete for seed funding in this stream. If you have already achieved significant revenues, this will also be considered in the adjudication process. The pool of funding available is approximately $30,000. 
Working on a venture already, and want to dive in to building it next summer as part of an intensive incubator program? Pitch for the opportunity to build your business over the summer while receiving seed funding, training, mentorship and office space as part of QICSI 2020. QICSI is a full-time commitment from the second Monday in May to the last Friday in August for co-founders who are committed to building their ventures. There are bursaries available to help with personal expenses of those who demonstrate financial need.

Preparing to Apply

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.

Application Process

1) Complete the relevant Application Form below by January 10th, 2020 at noon (12PM EST). 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.

2) Pitch to the DDQIC team and a panel of expert judges January 22-23, 2020. 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. 

Pitch Event

Stream 1: January 22, 2020

Stream 2: January 23, 2020

The Regional Pitch Competition Series is made up of two pitch competitions per year in the winter and summer. The next opportunity to pitch in the series will be in the Dunin-Deshpande Summer Pitch Competition (August 2020).