Partnerships and Innovation

Office of Partnerships and Innovation
Office of Partnerships and Innovation

For Indigenous women entrepreneurs

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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) and partners offer several programs and services to help Indigenous women entrepreneurs.

QPI has contracted the Tyendinaga- and Kingston-based Okwaho Equal Source to co-develop and deliver several programs and services in 2020 to help increase the number of and provide support to Indigenous women entrepreneurs in Kingston and the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory and associated communities. Okwaho Equal Source is a 100% Indigenous owned and operated and headquartered on Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory. The company is co-founded by Shyra Barberstock (President) and Rye Barberstock (VP and COO).

We invite you to browse our list of programs and services in the table below. If you are interested in accessing a specific service, please click on the associated link. 

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 Women Entrepreneurs from diverse or underrepresented groups.

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  Programs and Services Description 
Programs and services for Indigenous women entrepreneurs Queen's Startup Runway Incubation Program for Indigenous Women Entrepreneurs

The QPI team has reserved space for Indigenous women entrepreneurs, startups, and small companies, in its physical incubation program at 310 Bagot Street in Kingston, Ontario, that includes co-location with the QPI team, Launch Lab, the Southeastern Ontario Angel Network, and St. Lawrence College. The Startup Runway provides participants with access to shared workspaces, meeting rooms, event spaces, numerous resources via the Queen's Startup Runway Slack community and various amenities and services.  Additionally, entrepreneurs can network with other entrepreneurs and connect and collaborate with members of the Startup Runway and the Seaway Coworking community.

Contact us for information about how to access Queen's Startup Runway.

Indigenous Women's Entrepreneurship Accelerator program

The Indigenous Women’s Entrepreneurship Accelerator program is tailored to provide three levels of modern and culturally relevant business training for Indigenous women entrepreneurs residing in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory and the Kingston region. Indigenous women in the early stages of business are invited to apply for Level 1 of the accelerator program to build foundation skills. Indigenous women who own an established business that is registered/incorporated and/or is revenue positive/net-positive may receive advance standing and may be eligible to enter Level 2 and/or Level 3 of the accelerator program (or a combination of both). Applicants to the accelerator program will be assessed prior to entry to determine the appropriate entry level.

For more information about the Indigenous Women's Entrepreneurship Accelerator program, please visit the KweBiz website.

Indigenous Women's Entrepreneurship Mentorship program

The Indigenous Women’s Entrepreneurship Mentorship program weaves entrepreneurial business principles with the traditional values and contemporary worldviews of Indigenous cultural groups in the Kingston and surrounding region. Both one-on-one and small group mentorship options will be offered in the traditional territories of the Kanien’kehá:ka and Anishinaabe. The purpose of the mentorship program is to provide support to Indigenous women (18 years+) who are looking to start and/or grow their own business. This program will be offered in Kingston and Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory.

For more information about the Indigenous Women's Entrepreneurship Mentorship program, please visit the KweBiz website.

Indigenous Women's Entrepreneurship Workshop series

The Indigenous Women’s Entrepreneurship Workshop series provides Indigenous women entrepreneurs and business owners residing in Kingston and the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory with a range of basic, intermediate and advanced entrepreneurship training and experiences. This interactive workshop series is designed to be entry-level, accessible, relevant, inclusive of Indigenous culture(s), knowledge, business intelligence and skill sets.

Now accepting applications!

For more information about the Indigenous Women's Entrepreneurship Workshop series, please visit the KweBiz website.

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 mentorship services for Indigenous women entrepreneurs.

Services Legal services for Women Entrepreneurs

The Queen's Business Law Clinic (QBLC) provides legal services, via its Director and Queen’s Law students, to Indigenous women entrepreneurs who would otherwise have difficulty affording legal counsel. The QBLC helps eligible women entrepreneurs with ideas to establish proprietorships or partnerships or to incorporate companies, and women-led startups to establish shareholder agreements, confidentiality agreements, employment agreements, and other legal documents as appropriate that provide a company with a solid foundation.

Submit a request for QBLC legal services.

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:


QPI is located in the Seaway Coworking building in downtown Kingston. Our incubation and acceleration clients have access to the amenities available such as private Zoom rooms, a podcast studio and workshop and event space.

Queen's University is also a partner of the University of Toronto's ONRamp facility, located in the Banting Institute in Toronto. This facility is a 15,000 square foot collaboration and coworking space for the U of T entrepreneurship community and partner universities. To access this space, please contact Amanda Gilbert.

Please note COVID-19 restrictions are currently in place at both facilities. Contact Rick Boswell to learn more.

Resources for Indigenous Women Entrepreneurs In partnership with an Indigenous not-for-profit organization, the QPI team will develop a resource repository, which will include information to support Indigenous startups and growth of companies. 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.