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 $7,000 personal stipend to cover living costs while you pursue a venture full-time.
  2. Unlock $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 must:

  • be students and community members from any program, year, or level of study;
  • be in any industry (industry agnostic);
  • be ventures across the full spectrum of not-for-profit to for-profit, and social to traditional enterprise;
  • reside in the Kingston region or operate a venture in the Kingston region.

Other Things to Note:

The program is no-cost and DDQIC does not take any equity in your business.

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