The Queen’s Partnerships and Innovation (QPI) team offers various services and resources to Queen’s students and post-doctoral fellows. For services, resources and programs for entrepreneurs, please visit our page for entrepreneurs, startups and small- to medium-sized enterprises.
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Legal services and commercialization
As Research Centres and Institutes, faculty members, post-docs and students become more entrepreneurial and more focused on opportunities to commercialize intellectual property, and-or may be working in or managing a busy laboratory with multiple students and projects including projects with industry partners, it is important to document roles, responsibilities, and rights of the university, faculty members and students. These arrangements can be novel as well as complex.
The QPI team has experienced personnel to advise on commercialization strategies including licensing, option agreements, trade secrets, the creation of startups, the Foundry program, and incubation and acceleration programs.
Workshops and events
The Queen’s Market-Focused Research Workshop Series is a two-day program covering topics such as market/technology assessments, design thinking, intellectual property, effective communication, and commercialization strategies to support your research, research partnerships, and commercialization /startup formation activities.
The program is designed for graduate students (including those in professional programs such as Law or Medicine), post-doctoral fellows, and faculty members conducting research in fields in which knowledge mobilization or commercialization of the research outcome is likely or who have a startup idea.
The Market-Focused Research (MFR) program is designed for faculty members, post-doctoral fellows and graduate students conducting healthcare-related research conducting healthcare-related research. The program emphasizes understanding the needs/wants of the market early in the research project so that the commercialization potential of the research outcome is improved. Participants will learn skills related to market/technology assessment, design thinking, intellectual property, communication, and strategies/considerations for technology commercialization. Expected outcomes include more successful grant applications, increased potential for partnerships with industry, increased awareness of Queen’s University research, an increased understanding of intellectual property and commercialization considerations. Participants will also become familiar with QPI’s commercialization services.
Queen’s Partnerships and Innovation is facilitating the university’s partnership with TandemLaunch, and will lead outreach, contribute to the selection process, help to onboard Queen’s graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and provide support to Queen’s participants throughout the program. Queen’s participants will have access to TandemLaunch’s proprietary Entrepreneurial Learning Platform to increase their skills through self-paced learning (including access to over 60 hours of training material) and may join a variety of live sessions alongside TandemLaunch’s Qualification Phase candidates.
The QPI team offers resources to assist eligible startups, founded by faculty members, post-docs and-or students, with an invention disclosure, intellectual property management strategies, startup formation, incubation and acceleration programs, and connections to local partners in the innovation ecosystem.