Building Changemakers and Catalyzing Potential​

Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre

Building changemakers and catalyzing potential

At the Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Center, we believe everyone has the potential for creative problem-solving to address pressing issues facing people in our society. Our mission is to catalyze this potential, developing entrepreneurial mindsets and fostering a culture of innovation across Queen’s University and the Kingston community. We build changemakers by encouraging and supporting their entrepreneurial initiatives through incubators, workshops, programs, courses, and pitch competitions.

Our Programs

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Queen’s Innovation Centre Summer Initiative

QYourVenture

The Foundry

Regional Pitch Competition Series

Konnect

Global Network

Queen’s Innovation Centre Summer Initiative

The Queen’s Innovation Centre Summer Initiative (QICSI) is a 16-week program where budding founders receive no-cost training, mentorship, seed funding, and office space to launch their own venture.

QYourVenture

QyourVenture is a year-round program helping students and community members turn their idea, technology, or inspiration into a venture. Participants unlock opportunities and resources as they make progress in building their venture.

The Foundry

The Foundry program provides the opportunity for Queen’s University students to build a business from ideas and intellectual property developed by researchers at Queen’s University.

Queen’s Innovation Centre Summer Initiative

The Queen’s Innovation Centre Summer Initiative (QICSI) is a 16-week program where budding founders receive no-cost training, mentorship, seed funding, and office space to launch their own ventures.

QYour Venture

QyourVenture is a year-round program helping students and community members turn their idea, technology, or inspiration into a venture. Participants unlock opportunities and resources as they make progress in building their venture.

The Foundry​

The Foundry program provides the opportunity for Queen’s University students to build a business from ideas and intellectual property developed by researchers at Queen's University.

Regional Pitch Competition Series​

Founders have the opportunity to pitch to gain valuable feedback from expert judges while competing for non-dilutive seed funding to propel their venture.

Regional Pitch Competition Series

Konnect

Konnect provides a supportive network along with personal and professional development to amplify the success of self-identifying women in building their own venture or advancing professionally after graduation.

Konnect

Global Network​

Leveraging the existing Queen’s alumni network, the Global Network is comprised of innovation nodes in seven cities around the world. Young founders can be connected to entrepreneurial alumni in these cities to receive mentorship, support, and connections to global markets.

Global Network

Our Impact

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Partner with Us

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  • Can you donate to support and cultivate changemakers that turn ideas into impact?
  • Would you like to mentor budding founders?
  • Would you like to learn more about partnering with the Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre?

Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre

Mitchell Hall, Queen’s University
Kingston, Ontario K7L 2N9
Email: innovation.centre@queensu.ca

Our People

STAFF

Greg Bavington

Executive Director

James McLellan

Academic Director

Melanie Robb

Program Manager

Katie Creasy

Administrative and Financial Coordinator

Joanna Tinus

Program Coordinator

Chloe Beisheim

Program Coordinator