$ 30,000.00 

Type of Program:



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).

When It Ends:



January 10, 2022



  • 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.

Applications Steps:



must complete the online application form;


are strongly encouraged to enroll in the year-round support program QYourVenture.


must pitch to the DDQIC team and a panel of Global Network judges on January 17th or 18th 2022, if selected. It is expected that all founders/co-founders will be present for the pitch. 

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).

About the author 


Maurice (Moe) Muise learned the ins-and-outs of government while an employee of the Government of Canada in Ottawa for 10 years. His current focus is helping small businesses in Ontario to identify and maximize government grants to grow their business.
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