Small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)

Leveraging Queen's resources and critical funding from the government of Canada through FedDev Ontario, the Queen’s Partnerships and Innovation (QPI) team, the Queen’s Business Law Clinic (QBLC), Launch Lab, and St. Lawrence College (SLC) offers several programs and services to accelerate the growth of companies in Eastern Ontario that are developing and pursuing science-based, technology-based, or software-based solutions.

QPI is also pleased to be a partner in the HI YGK Project led by the City of Kingston, providing programs and services to health innovation-focused eligible companies in the Kingston region. 

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 


The Growth Catalyst (GC) program is designed for healthcare innovation-focused companies and entrepreneurs seeking support and mentoring to grow their business. QPI experts will provide hands-on support related to IP strategy, market analysis, partnership/network development, and funding opportunities. Access to various patent services may be available via QPI’s registered patent agents. Mentors with expertise will be available to companies selected to participate.

  Contact us to be considered for the Growth Catalyst program

Launch Lab’s 6-month Amplify program accelerates and scales innovative Eastern Ontario companies selling into both business-to-business (B2B) or business-to-consumer (B2C) markets regionally, nationally or internationally.

For the more information about the program, please visit the Launch Lab Amplify Mentorship webpage 


The QPI team can provide guidance to SMEs to implement or strengthen intellectual property and commercialization strategies.

 Submit your request for intellectual property guidance for SMEs

Entrepreneurs in Residence from Launch Lab and the Southeastern Ontario Angel Network, as well as staff from QPI and St Lawrence College, are available to provide mentorship and coaching to eligible SMEs, including guidance and feedback regarding funding opportunities, investment readiness and attraction, export market strategies and access, operations planning and/or talent development and attraction.

 Submit request for mentorship services for SMEs

The QPI team is outward-facing and has a mandate to be a responsive institutional front door to companies seeking interactions and collaborations with Queen’s and our research community.

  Contact us if you are interested in research, collaborating with Queen's on a project, related funding opportunities, talent attraction, or licensing opportunities.

 For more information visit our Industry and External Organizations page.

In partnership with the Kingston Economic Development Corporation and relevant organizations in Syracuse, the QPI team can support or connect startups and SMEs looking to establish business relationships or premises in Upper State New York or in Eastern Ontario.

 Contact us to learn more about the Kingston-Syracuse Pathway

Workshops, events and other resources

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. 

Contact  Rick Boswell to learn more about access to the Seaway Coworking space.


Government of Canada logo linking to Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario website

We acknowledge the support of the Government of Canada through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario.

Nous reconnaissons l’appui du gouvernement du Canada à travers l’Agence fédérale de développement économique pour le Sud de l’Ontario.