Partnerships and Innovation

Office of Partnerships and Innovation
Office of Partnerships and Innovation

For women entrepreneurs from diverse and underrepresented groups

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Leveraging Queen's resources and critical funding from the government of Canada, through FedDev Ontario's Women Entrepreneurship Strategy Ecosystem Fund, Queen’s Partnerships and Innovation (QPI), together with innovation ecosystem partners, offer several programs and services to help women entrepreneurs from diverse and underrepresented groups, including visible minorities, newcomers to Canada, persons with disability, and women entrepreneurs from rural areas, who are looking to start and/or grow their business in Kingston and surrounding area.

We invite you to browse our list of programs and services in the table below.

If you are interested in accessing many of our programs and services, please complete our Program Application Form.

Please visit our WE-CAN Resources page to find valuable information and resources to help you with your business needs.

You may also be interested in exploring programs and services for Women Entrepreneurs in a Technology Sector or Indigenous Women Entrepreneurs.

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  Program and/or Service Description 
Programs and services for women entrepreneurs from diverse and underrepresented groups Kingston Women Growing Business and Community program for women who are Newcomers and from underrepresented groups

Led by St. Lawrence College, KEYS and the City of Kingston, the Kingston Women Growing Business and Community is a two year program with the goal of bringing together and training 20 entrepreneurial women in each of 2021 and 2022, who aim to establish or grow a business in various sectors, and providing them with specialized resources related to the food sector.

Contact us for more information about the Kingston Women Growing Business and Community program.

Entrepreneur Bootcamp program for Women who are Newcomers and from underrepresented groups

The Newcomer Bootcamp provides an intensive, two-week orientation available to international newcomer women starting a business in Kingston. The purpose of the program is to support women newcomers in starting their own business, strengthening their entrepreneurial skill set, and supporting them in the launch of their business. Bootcamps will be delivered twice a year by a specialized team in partnership with Kingston Economic Development. One-on-one consultation services will also be available to support business launches.

Contact us for more information about the Newcomer Bootcamp.

Rural Areas Mentorship Support program for Rural Women Entrepreneurs and women starting a business in rural areas within and around Kingston

The Rural Mentorship Program will provide dedicated mentorship tailored to support the individual business challenges of the participating rural, women entrepreneurs. The suite of mentors will include regional business leaders and service providers selected for their specific expertise and experience. This program will break down the geographic barriers and develop a long-lasting mentorship and mastermind outreach series to support business growth.

Applications for the WE-CAN Rural Mentorship Program are now being accepted until May 15, 2020.

Women in Leadership program

The Kingston Economic Development Corp. is leading the development and delivery of the Women in Leadership program which aims to engage and encourage dialogue, professional growth and knowledge-sharing through a formalized, supportive network of women in leadership roles.

Contact us for more information about the Women in Leadership program.

Fast Track Exporting program for Women Entrepreneurs

The Fast Track Exporting program is being designed and delivered by the Kingston Economic Development Corp. for women entrepreneurs who reside in Kingston and the surrounding region. The program will engage women entrepreneurs who are seeking opportunities to scale their business through export, and will facilitate customized information sessions to assist them in the due diligence process to prepare for export opportunities. In addition, the program will support women entrepreneurs through the process of exporting and accessing new markets.

Contact us for more information about the Fast Track Exporting program for Women Entrepreneurs.

The Hive (Pre-Accelerator) program for Women Entrepreneurs from diverse and underrepresented groups

The Dunin-Deshpande Queen's Innovation Centre (DDQIC) is delivering a year-round program for idea-stage women entrepreneurs, on a rolling admissions basis. This program will provide access to space, training, networking opportunities and an interactive online platform.

Contact us for more information about the The Hive program.

Konnect program for Women Entrepreneurs from diverse and underrepresented groups

Konnect is a 6-month Kingston-based program (October through March) led by the DDQIC that provides a network, support, and personal and professional development opportunities for women entrepreneurs from underrepresented groups who are starting a business in Kingston. The Konnect program facilitates accountability, support, community, skill building, and opportunities to amplify success in building businesses or advancing professionally.

Contact us for more information about the Konnect program.

Prototyping workshops for women entrepreneurs 

SparQ Studios is a makerspace and design studio that provides a wide range of tools, machinery, knowledge, and expertise so that you can bring your idea into a physical form. The Dunin-Deshpande Queen's Innovation Centre will be running prototyping workshops for women entrepreneurs who are unfamiliar with working with the tools to help them be successful in the lab.

Request information about the prototyping workshops.

Additional Mentorship services for Women Entrepreneurs 

The QPI team employs an on-staff mentor/advisor to specifically work with women entrepreneurs, helping them to tap into networks and resources in Kingston and the region as well as providing advice on how to get their business to the next stage of development.

Submit a request for additional membership services for Women Entrepreneurs from diverse and underrepresented groups.

Services Intellectual property services for Women Entrepreneurs

The QPI team helps women entrepreneurs with ideas understand the opportunity for commercializing their invention by researching the existing patent landscape and helping entrepreneurs to develop and implement an intellectual property and commercialization strategy.

Submit a request for Intellectual property services for women entrepreneurs from diverse or underrepresented groups.

Workshops, Events and Other Resources Workshops and events 

The many partners in the Kingston innovation ecosystem offer numerous workshops and events. For information about the workshops and events available for Queen’s students, please visit the Queen's Events calendar. For information about workshops and events for entrepreneurs, startups and-or SMEs in the Kingston community and surrounding areas, refer to the following sources:

Resources for Women Entrepreneurs There are many resources available for women entrepreneurs. The QPI team is curating a list of resources, which you will be able to find on our WE-CAN Resources page. In addition, the QPI team has compiled a list of resources to help regional entrepreneurs and startups, which you can find on our Resources page.