Partnerships and Innovation

Office of Partnerships and Innovation
Office of Partnerships and Innovation

For women entrepreneurs in a technology sector

COVID-19 - Updates and resources for researchers, entrepreneurs, startups and SMEs

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 women-identifying entrepreneurs in technology sectors (science-based, hardware-based, software-based) evaluate business ideas and determine next steps, and women-founded or women-led technology startups and SMEs develop strategies to take their businesses to the next level of growth.

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.

For more information about our programs and services available to all technology-focused entrepreneurs, please visit our page for Entrepreneurs, Startups and Small to Medium-sized Enterprises.

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

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  Programs and Services Description 
Programs and services for women entrepreneurs in technology sectors Queen's Startup Runway Incubation Program for women entrepreneurs in tech

The QPI team has reserved space for women entrepreneurs and women-founded or women-led startups and small companies developing new technologies, 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.

For more information, please visit our Queen's Startup Runway Incubation Program page.

Compass North Accelerator program for women entrepreneurs in tech

Designed and delivered by QPI and L-SPARK, the Compass North Accelerator program for Women Entrepreneurs in Tech is a five-month accelerator program that helps women-led technology companies grow. The Accelerator program for Women Entrepreneurs in Tech is a high-touch accelerator program offering hands-on mentorship, strategic training from expert advisors and an inspiring entrepreneurial community. This program is focused on supporting women entrepreneurs who have founded and-or are leading post-revenue tech companies in the Brockville-Kingston-Belleville region.

For more information about Compass North and how to apply, visit the Compass North website.

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.

For information about the Women in Leadership program, please visit the Kingston Economic Development Corporation website.

Growth Plan Challenge

This program is open to Kingston area woman entrepreneurs who are looking to grow their business. Meeting one-on-one with the WE-CAN Project Manager, WE-CAN clients create a focused Growth Plan to help move their business forward.

Priority is given to women entrepreneurs who identify with one of the following WE-CAN core service groups. 

To learn more about the Growth Plan Challenge program, please email Kerry Ramsay, WE-CAN Program Manager.

WE-CAN Masterminds

The WE-CAN Masterminds runs twice a year (June – December and January – June). There are two Mastermind groups: one for companies in the early stage of business (1-2 years) and one for those in the growth stage of their business (3+ years). Each Mastermind will be comprised of 8-10 participants. Priority is given to women entrepreneurs who identify with one of the following WE-CAN core service groups.

IMPORTANT: Participants must commit to consistent Mastermind attendance and engagement in order to ensure the highest possible quality of participation and results for all group members. 

Why join a Mastermind?

  1. To become a part of a supportive micro-community of women entrepreneurs 
  2. To challenge yourself to think differently about your business and its tactics/strategies 
  3. To brainstorm ideas with other women business owners to work through a specific business challenge 
  4. To discover and address your business blind spots
  5. To gain valuable feedback from a group of women entrepreneurs in a supportive environment
  6. To work through your business challenge through regular, focused group discussion
  7. To make more confident decisions and move your business forward

To learn more about the WE-CAN Masterminds Program, please email Kerry Ramsay, WE-CAN Program Manager.

PropelHER Program

PropelHER is a 5-person cohort, 20-week accelerator program crafted to remove the barriers to scale-up experienced by women entrepreneurs. This program recognizes the unique attributes of each enterprise, and the needs of individual founders. The programs’ value proposition leverages the synergy of group lived experience, plus individual business and personal development learnings, translated to implementation.

Priority is given to women entrepreneurs who identify with one of the following WE-CAN core service groups.

To learn more about the WE-CAN PropelHER Program, please email Kerry Ramsay, WE-CAN Program Manager.

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.

For more information about the Fast Track Exporting program, please visit the Kingston Economic Development Corporation website.

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 entrepreneurs can bring their ideas 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. Access to the prototyping lab is currently limited due to COVID-19.

Contact us for more information about prototyping workshops

Additional Mentorship services for women entrepreneurs 

The QPI team employs an on-staff mentor/advisor who works closely with women entrepreneurs, providing them with mentorship and connections, including support for investor preparation, attraction of strategic partners and customers, accessing government programs, initiatives and resources, market expansion (including pursuit of export markets, talent acquisition and growth in operations).

Contact us for more information about additional mentorship services for women entrepreneurs in tech sectors.

Services Intellectual property guidance for women entrepreneurs

The QPI team can help provide guidance to women entrepreneurs, women-founded or women-led SMEs to develop and implement or strengthen intellectual property and commercialization.

Submit a request for intellectual property services.

Legal services for entrepreneurs

The Queen's Business Law Clinic (QBLC) provides legal services, via its Director and Queen’s Law students, to entrepreneurs and startups in southeastern Ontario who would otherwise have difficulty affording legal counsel. The QBLC helps eligible entrepreneurs with ideas to incorporate companies and startups to establish shareholder agreements, confidentiality agreements, employment agreements, and other legal documents as appropriate to 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. Due to COVID-19, these workshops and events are being held virtually. 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 women entrepreneurs

There are many resources available for women entrepreneurs. The QPI team has curated 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.

For resources specific to assisting entrepreneurs during the pandemic, please visit our COVID-19 Resources page.