Queen’s Innovation Centre Queen’s University – Queen’s Innovation Centre Summer Initiative (QICSI)


The Queen’s Innovation Centre Summer Initiative (QICSI) is a 16-week, fixed cohort incubator program where founders receive no-cost training, mentorship, and office space to launch their own venture. QICSI offers the opportunity to work on a venture full-time while receiving ongoing support from the Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre advisors, mentors, and staff.

Comments on Funding:


  1. Receive a $10,000 personal stipend to cover living costs while applicants pursue a venture full-time.
  2. Up to $4,000 seed funding to help grow the venture as your team meets required milestones.
  3. Teams have the chance to win up to $30,000 additional funding in the Dunin-Deshpande Summer Pitch Competition at the end of the program.


Applicants (Individuals) must:

  1. be innovators, dreamers and changemakers from any background with an interest in entrepreneurship, innovation or social impact;
  2. be available and ready to attend QICSI full-time in person in Kingston from the beginning of May to the end of August 2023;
  3. be broadly curious, coachable, and willing to wear multiple hats;
  4. have the ability to effectively contribute to a multidisciplinary team.

Applications Steps:

Application process for individuals without an idea or a team:

Individuals who make it past the interview phase will have an opportunity to find a team from among the individuals’ cohort and ideate a new venture, or form a venture to commercialize Queen’s research and intellectual property through the Foundry.

Application process for those who have a team and a venture:

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