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Dunin-Deshpande Queen's Innovation Centre

DDQIC Regional Pitch Competition

Winter 2019 (March 13-14)

Application Deadline: February 25th, 2019 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 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 (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 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 March 13th 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 March 14th 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 the relevant Application Form below by February 25, 2019 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.

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. 

Pitch Event

Stream 1: March 13th, 2019

Stream 2: March 14th, 2019

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 2019 Dunin-Deshpande Summer Pitch Competition (August 2019).