Research Commercialization

Have you conducted research at Queen's and found that you may have developed an invention, or innovation with commercial potential? We can help!

Are you a Queen's researcher with an idea or invention that you think is ready to be commercialized? Learn about the Foundry program.

The Dunin-Deshpande Queen's Innovation Centre has been instrumental in helping our team navigate the winding road of research commercialization, specifically from the perspective of a graduate student. From giving me my first taste of the entrepreneurial ecosystem through the Foundry program to supporting us through leading training and accelerator programs, such as the Mitacs Invention to Innovation Program, to giving me opportunities to develop my personal leadership skills - I would not be where I am today without DDQIC.

Morgan Lehtinen
CEO and Founder of Micellotech, PhD Candidate in Chemistry

The Foundry program

Together with Queen’s Partnerships and Innovation, DDQIC developed the Foundry program to connect aspiring entrepreneurs with promising Queen’s research and inventions that could be mobilized by a startup company.

The Foundry

Invention to Innovation (i2I) - Eastern cohort

Established by SFU Beedie, i2I Skills Training is the only university research-based educational offering in Canada that develops an entrepreneurial mindset for scientists and engineers who want to take their ideas from lab to market. The eastern cohort is offered in partnership with Mitacs and Queen's Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.

Apply to i2I

Mitacs Accelerate Entrepreneur

Mitacs Accelerate Entrepreneur is a granting program that funds student and postdoctoral entrepreneurs who participate in DDQIC's programs to further develop the research or technology at the core of their start-up business.

Mitacs Eligibility

Lab2Market Toronto

The Lab2Market Program is a 16 week program to help researchers validate their ideas with the purpose of finding business/commercial value. The program is based on similar programs that have found success in other parts of the world, but with a Canadian twist.

Apply to Lab2Market

More Supports for Research Commercialization at Queen's

Queen's University’s Partnerships and Innovation (QPI) supports the Vice-Principal Research Portfolio’s mission to be an essential catalyst for advancing research and knowledge mobilization, strengthening Queen’s local, national and global impact.

Queen's Partnerships and Innovation