Queen’s Innovation Centre Queen’s University – DDQIC Regional Pitch Competition


The DDQIC annual Winter pitch competition has two streams that provide support for founders looking to bring their venture to the next level. Stream 1 gives early-stage startups the opportunity to compete for non-dilutive seed funding, and Stream 2 provides an opportunity for teams of co-founders to pitch for admission to the Queen’s Innovation Centre Summer Initiative (QICSI) program.

Comments on Funding:

Stream 1: Seed Funding of up to $30,000 (non-dilutive seed funding).



  • must be ventures at Queen’s and in the Kingston region; 
  • must be based in Kingston and the surrounding region, but do NOT have to be associated with Queen’s University; 
  • must have been funded less than $5,000 (grants, pitch prizes, loans, equity) to apply for seed funding (stream one);
  • should have a strong understand of the Business Model Canvas or Social Business Model Canvas 

The impact of the venture on the Kingston region will be taken into consideration for all regional applicants in the adjudication process.

Other Things to Note:

The Regional Pitch Competition Series is made up of two pitch competitions per year in the winter and summer. The next opportunity to pitch in the series will be in the annual Dunin-Deshpande Summer Pitch Competition (August 2022).

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