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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.

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

 

Programs

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.

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

 

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.

 For more information, please visit our Wings Acceleration program for pre-revenue startups page

The Growth Acceleration program is QPI's three-month acceleration program for post revenue startups and SMEs poised to grow.

 For more information about the program, please visit our Growth Acceleration program page.

 

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.

 To learn more about applying to the program, please visit the Growth Catalyst program page

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

Services

The QPI team may be able to help startups strengthen an intellectual property and/or commercialization strategy.

 Submit your request for intellectual property guidance

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.

 Submit request for QBLC legal services

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.

 Submit request for mentorship services.

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 .

 Submit request for marketing services

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 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.

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

  For information about upcoming workshops and events, please visit our Workshops and Events page

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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.