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 startups 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-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.
Located in the Seaway Coworking building at 310 Bagot Street in Kingston, Ontario, the Queen's Startup Runway is a new physical incubation program, for entrepreneurs, startups, and small companies developing new technologies, 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.
The Wings program provides early stage founders with tools and guidance to help them assess the feasibility of their business idea, validate their proposed value proposition, and begin the development of a viable business model.
The Growth Catalyst (GC) program is designed for healthcare-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. Patent services may be provided by QPI’s registered patent agents. Mentors with expertise will be available to companies selected to participate.
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.
The QPI team may be able to help startups strengthen an intellectual property and/or commercialization strategy.
The Queen's Business Law Clinic (QBLC) provides legal services, via its Director and Queen’s Law students, to organizations and entrepreneurs in southeastern Ontario who would otherwise have difficulty affording legal counsel. The QBLC helps early stage companies that meet the eligibility criteria, to incorporate a company and establish shareholder agreements, confidentiality agreements, employment agreements, and other legal documents as appropriate that provide a company with a solid foundation.
The QPI team, Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIRs) from the Southeastern Ontario Angel Network (SOAN), as well as staff and students from St. Lawrence College (SLC), are available to provide mentorship and coaching to eligible startups, including guidance and feedback related to product and market strategies, investment readiness and attraction, and the preparation of presentations.
SPARK is a creative communications agency driven by students and industry professionals of St. Lawrence College. With a passion and energy to create big things, SPARK works with businesses in the community to deliver industry standard, effective solutions to marketing challenges. For more information, please visit their website at sparkslc.ca .
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.
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 with an incorporated company (pre- or post-revenue startup) 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. Please note COVID-19 restrictions are currently in place.
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. Until further notice ONRamp is closed.
We have compiled a list of resources, to help regional entrepreneurs and startups, which are posted on our Resources page. We run many events and workshops that are available for entrepreneurs and startups in the Kingston region.
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.