Queen's Innovation Centre

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

DDQIC Regional Pitch Competition

Winter 2022 

Application Deadline: Monday, January 10th 2022 at 10AM (Eastern Time)

Pitch for admission to the QICSI program as a pre-formed team or for a chance to receive up to $30,000 in non-dilutive seed funding!

The DDQIC annual Winter pitch competition has two streams that provide support for founders looking to bring their venture to the next level. Stream 1 gives early-stage startups the opportunity to compete for non-dilutive seed funding, and Stream 2 provides an opportunity for teams of co-founders to pitch for admission to the Queen's Innovation Centre Summer Initiative (QICSI) program.


Both streams of this competition are open to ventures at Queen's and in the Kingston region. The impact of the venture on the Kingston region will be taken into consideration for all regional applicants in the adjudication process. Applicants must be based in Kingston and the surrounding region, but do NOT have to be associated with Queen's University. 

In order to be a competitive applicant, we strongly encourage you to enroll in our year-round support program QYourVenture. If you are interested in applying to QICSI through Stream 2, you must join QYourVenture prior to the pitch January 17-18. But don't worry - it's easy to join! You can read about the QyourVenture process here and reach out to our team at innovation.centre@queensu.ca for next steps.

Stream 1: Seed Funding

Stream 2: Admission to QICSI

Are you looking for 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. 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.
Are you 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 dedicate yourself to building your business next summer while receiving up to $4,000 in seed funding, a $7,000 personal stipend for each co-founder and training, mentorship and office space as part of the QICSI program. All co-founders that which to participate in QICSI 2022 must be present for the pitch. 


The application process will happen in two stages:

1) Complete the relevant Application Form below by January 10th 2022 at 10AM (Eastern Time). 

2) Pitch to the DDQIC team and a panel of Global Network judges on January 17th or 18th 2022. Details about pitch time and location will be confirmed following the successful completion of the application process. If you are pitching for admission to QICSI through Stream 2, all co-founders must be present for the pitch. 

Helpful Resources

Ventures looking to apply for the regional pitch competition should have a strong understand of the Business Model Canvas or Social Business Model Canvas. Please see below for some helpful resources:

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

Looking for more? Here are some Additional Resources to get a more in depth understanding of what a competitive business model entails.

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 annual Dunin-Deshpande Summer Pitch Competition (August 2022).