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

DDQIC Regional Pitch Competition

Dunin-Deshpande Summer Pitch Competition

Application Deadline: Thursday, July 29th, 2021 at 10:00 AM EST

Do you need seed funding to advance your startup idea? This competition is for you! Apply for a chance to receive up to $30,000.

The annual Dunin-Deshpande Summer Pitch Competition is the largest pitch competition in Kingston that provides early-stage startups the opportunity to compete for seed funding for their venture. 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. 

Startups will be pitching to a panel of expert judges to gain valuable feedback on their business model and have a chance to win significant funding and support for their company. The pool of funding available is approximately $100,000 and is awarded at the judges discretion. 

NEW this year! BmDodo Strategic Design will be giving away an in-kind design and branding prize valued at $10,000 for one of the finalists teams. The company's mission is to "make our community, and the world, a better place through design." They understand the influence design has on organizations success and aims to help winners through these decisions. To read more about the company, check out this link here

Eligibility 

This competition is for:

  • Early-stage ventures who have less than $10,000 in funding (grants, pitch prizes, loans, equity). If you have already achieved significant revenues, this will also be considered in the adjudication process. 
  • Ventures that are located in the Kingston region or have some affiliation with the area. The impact of the venture on the Kingston region will be taken into consideration for all regional applicants in the adjudication process.

Application Process

1) Complete the Application Form below by July 29th, 2021 at 10AM EST.

2) Pitch to the DDQIC team and a panel of external judges in the Qualifying Round on Tuesday, August 3rd 2021. Details about pitch time and location will be confirmed following the successful completion of the application process. All co-founders must be present for this pitch.

3) Successful teams will be required to participate in professional pitch training on Wednesday, August 4th 2021There will be a group session with all competing teams from 10AM-12PM and each team will be scheduled for a 20 minute one-on-one coaching session in the afternoon. Details about the one-on-one coaching session will be confirmed following the successful completion of the application process. All co-founders must be present for this training.

4) Practice pitch with a panel of judges from DDQIC's Global Network on Thursday, August 12th 2021Teams will have the opportunity to practice their pitch and receive feedback from experts across the world in preparation for the final competition. Details about pitch time and location will be confirmed following the successful completion of the application process.

5) Final Pitch Competition Day is Thursday, August 20thDetails about pitch time and location will be confirmed following the successful completion of the application process.

Summary of Important Dates

Application Deadline  July 29th (10AM EST)
Qualifying Pitches  August 3rd 
Professional Pitch Training  August 4th
Practice Pitches  August 12th
Final Pitch Day  August 19th

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 Winter Pitch Competition (January 2021).