Queen's Innovation Centre

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Dunin-Deshpande Queen's Innovation Centre

DDQIC Regional Pitch Competition

Winter 2018 

Are you looking to make 2018 a year of excitement and success? Make your innovative venture idea a reality with the help of some early stage seed funding and professional support from the DDQIC team! 

The Winter Pitch Competition is an opportunity for early stage ventures in Kingston to compete for seed funding, participation in our intensive summer boot camp, and mentorship from industry professionals. 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.


Ventures who have been funded less than $5000 (grants, pitch prizes, loans, equity) are eligible to apply to compete for seed funding in this competition. The pool of funding available is approximately $30,000 and will be awarded entirely at the discretion of the judging panel.

*Ventures do not have to be affiliated with Queen’s, but must operate in Kingston or the surrounding region.* 


For Applying:

All applicants are expected to review the following instructional videos that outline how to effectively complete the Business Model Canvas that is required for applications:

2) Business Model Canvas Breakdown (by Jim McLellan)

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

For Winners:

Those that are selected are required to attend the 2018 Queen’s Innovation Centre Summer Initiative Boot Camp as a condition for receiving funding. This is a small commitment that will provide significant value to your venture.
*Some exemptions may apply for those who have received similar training elsewhere.

For more information on QICSI boot camp: http://www.queensu.ca/innovationcentre/programs/qic-summer-initiative-program/qicsi-timeline


Please fill out the following form:

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

Deadline: February 4th, 2018 at 11:59 PM

Pitch Event

March 5th - 9th 
Specific dates and times to be announced