Queen’s University is empowering outstanding students and faculty to enhance and strengthen Canada’s innovation agenda. Launched in 2012 by the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and the Queen’s School of Business, the Queen’s Innovation Connector encourages, enables and supports the innovation activities of students, alumni, entrepreneurs and Canadian companies. More

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Apply to Venture for Canada

Venture for Canada is a not-for-profit organization that recruits top recent graduates to work at top Canadian startups in need of talent, with the mission of fostering entrepreneurship.

Fellows are selected through a competitive interview process and once selected Fellows are connected to interview with some of Venture for Canada’s 180 different Partner Startups.

As part of the program, Fellows commit to two years of work at a Partner Startup, where they receive competitive compensation and other perks like equity and flexible hours. Before starting work, Fellows receive five weeks of training, focused on marketing, sales, and product development.

Over the two year Fellowship experience, Venture for Canada organizes regular events, training, and networking opportunities for Fellows. Through the program, Fellows gain the experience, relationships, and training to successfully launch their own businesses.

Applications are done on a rolling basis with the next application deadline for the 2016 cohort being October 30th!

The Next 36 Information Session

Learn about applying to The Next 36 at this information session. An alumnus of the program will discuss his experience, and will be available to answer any questions. There will be a networking opportunity as well as some light snacks and refreshments. Make sure you RSVP at the link below!

Learn more about the program and eligibility on The Next 36 site:

The details of the event are as follows:
Date: Thurs. Sept. 24th
Time: 5:30-7
Location: MacIntosh-Corry Hall D214
RSVP here

AUG 28
QICSI 2015 Pitch Competition Results:

Congratulations to the 2015 cohort! We look forward to continuing to support the participants and their ventures into the future. Thank you to the many individuals and organizations who have contributed to the QICSI program this year.

Congratulations to the winners of the pitch competition:

Gryllies $30,000 winners
Iris Technologies $20,000 winners
Lumos $20,000 winners
Scarlet Smart Fashion $5,000 winners
Atria Fitness $5,000 winners

Read about the event here


Tune into the live stream of the event!

The Queen's Innovation Connector Summer Initiative pitch competition will be held on August 20th. The QIC team invites you to join us in watching the pitches via a live stream that will be posted on the day of the event. Members of the 2015 QICSI Cohort will compete head-to-head for a chance to win up to $30,000 in seed funding and bragging rights as QICSI Top Venture. The winning teams will be announced on Twitter at approximately 6 pm.

Follow us here: @Queensinnov8

Learn more about the QICSI 2015 companies here.

We hope you can join us!

What: QICSI Pitch Competition
When: Thurs, Aug. 20th from 1:00-5:30 pm
Where: Click here to tune in

JUL 17
UPCOMING EVENT: Talk by Michael Serbinis

When:Tuesday, July 21, 2015 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Where: Beamish-Munro Hall 313
Description: Queen's Innovation Connector will host a talk by Queen's grad and Kobo founder Michael Serbinis. Mr. Serbinis, Sc'96, will discuss innovation and entrepreneurship.
Capacity is limited.
Beamish-Munro Hall Room 313. Contact Melanie Robb melanie.robb@queensu.ca

JUL 17
Givway & Co. and Mosaic Manufacturing featured in KingstonLife
“Emerging Entrepreneurs: Three companies, three products to watch”
See page 13 of the current edition here.

Mosaic Manufacturing wins $25,000 at Ottawa Pitch Competition
“Investors find "next big thing" at Ottawa event”

“A startup founded by a group of Queen’s University students has been declared “the next big thing” by tech investor Brad Feld and Ryerson business professor Sean Wise.”

Read more here

MAR 25
Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum
The Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum is an opportunity for students to listen to a speaker panel with local businesses, the Queen's Innovation Connector, and student entrepreneurs. Delegates will then break into groups to explore options for potential business ideas. These ideas are optionally presented to the panel and other students to receive feedback and develop a deeper understanding of what it takes to be a social entrepreneur.

The event is FREE however requires registration to ensure accurate numbers and representations from faculties. Light food will be served.

Date: Saturday March 28th
Details here
Register here

MAR 25
Scent Trunk Featured on Next Gen Den

See the episode here
Read more here

MAR 25
Scent Trunk Featured in Askmen
“A 21-Year-Old Entrepreneur Teaches Us How To Be More Confident And Reap The Benefits”

Read more here

MAR 25
QIC Summer Initiative Alumni in the news:
Smartphone app connects local businesses, customers

“A fourth-year commerce student at Queen’s University has just premiered a new mobile app that allows businesses to better connect with local customers through their smartphones and, if all goes well, he is hoping the business will eventually go global.”

Read more here

MAR 25
Queen’s University’s Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation featured
“Queen’s University’s master of entrepreneurship and innovation is at cutting edge of industry”

“Scheduled to start in the fall of 2015, this 12-month, full-time program is offered in partnership with Queen’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and emphasizes theoretical and experiential learning opportunities while giving students access to a world-class faculty and business leaders.

For example, most MBA programs have networks within the venture-capital and private-equity communities, says Horton. But Queen’s MEI gives you the ability to pitch a project directly to investors. The curriculum includes eight courses, two of which are major project courses. And one of these projects involves the formation and development of an actual venture or innovation. Says Horton, a Queen’s alumnus, “It gives you exposure to angel investors and venture capitalists in an environment that’s lower risk.” Students also get valuable feedback from fellow students, teachers and investors.”

Read more here
Learn about the MEI program here

Why Innovate?

QIC Summer Initiative 2014 Pitch Competition Winners

Hear what students have to say about QIC’s inaugural program, the Queen’s Summer Innovation Initiative.


Innovation Corner

Innovation has always been on Greg Bavington’s mind. Since graduating from Queen’s Engineering in 1985, QIC’s executive director has led the $700 million modernization of GM’s car final assembly plant in Oshawa; was President and CEO of the largest vertically-integrated rubber recycling, tier 1 automotive company in North America; and was exposed to several high-profile projects, including the English Channel Tunnel and the SkyDome roof.