No Fixed Amount

Type of Program:



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. 1
    Receive a $7,000 personal stipend to cover living costs while you pursue a venture full-time.
  2. 2
    Unlock $4,000 seed funding to help grow the venture as your team meets required milestones.
  3. 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.

When It Ends:



January 10, 2022


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. 

Applications Steps:

Application process for individuals without an idea or a team:


Fill out the application form. Eligible candidates will be selected for an interview.


Group interview with the DDQIC Executive team.


Offers sent to successful candidates participate in team formation and e-weekend in January 2022. 


Form an eligible team by the start of the program.

Application process for those who have a team and an idea:


Apply to pitch in Stream 2 – QICSI Admission in the Regional Pitch Competition.


Pitch for admission to QICSI. Successful candidates will be notified of their pitch time.


Individual and team interviews. Each member of the team will participate in an individual interview with the DDQIC Executive Team, followed by a whole team interview. Successful teams who pitched will be notified of their interview date.


Offers sent to successful candidates.

Other Things to Note:

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

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.
Click here to learn more about Moe's background and how he can help your business.


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