Office of the Vice-Principal (Research)

Office of the Vice-Principal (Research)
Office of the Vice-Principal (Research)

On February 28, 2019, Queen’s University announced its membership with the University of Toronto's Entrepreneurship ONRamp to further assist startups in our region and provide profile to Queen’s researchers and the Kingston innovation ecosystem.  ONRamp will provide a physical space where Queen’s entrepreneurs, or Kingston-based entrepreneurs who work with Queen's, may access resources and connect with a broader network of entrepreneurs in order to grow their businesses. Queen’s is the newest academic partner to join ONRamp; other university partners include McMaster University, the University of Waterloo, and Western University.

Queen's plans to use ONRamp to showcase startups and researchers, to host pitches, networking events, and consultations with Toronto-based stakeholders, including alumni, government and industry partners, and VCs.  The VP Research encourages members of the university community to learn more about the space to determine how they may be able to utilize it.  

Located in U of T’s Banting building (100 College Street, Toronto, ON), directly across the street from MaRS Discovery District, ONRamp connects entrepreneurs and incubators from across U of T and partner organizations with each other, and helps startups accelerate their businesses by providing access to facilities, events, and the entrepreneurial ecosystem in downtown Toronto. ONRamp provides 15,000 square feet of collaboration space and has over 600 active users. Queen’s will also invite entrepreneurs, startups, and community partners to use the ONRamp facilities as a landing pad for meetings in downtown Toronto with potential investors, customers and suppliers, and government officials. Queen’s innovation ecosystem entrepreneurs and partners may take advantage of ONRamp’s amenities (including kitchen, lounge, hot desks, meeting rooms, and boardrooms) during business hours and/or to plan or attend community events.

Entrepreneurs and startups working with Queen’s University and partners in the Kingston Innovation Ecosystem are able to access and use the space at no cost for space usage. Any additional services such as catering is at the cost of the event organizer. 

For more information about ONRamp, or how to access its facilities and programs via Queen’s membership, please contact Amanda Gilbert (amanda.gilbert@queensu.ca), Communications Coordinator at the Queen’s Office of Partnerships and Innovation.