So You Want to Be an Entrepreneur?
Networking is paramount when you want to become an entrepreneur. With the creation of the new $35.9M Queen’s Innovation and Wellness Centre and a revitalization of on-campus biomedical research facilities, Queen’s is expanding its opportunities for research, student design and learning. New clubs, such as the Queen’s Software Developers’ Club and Queen’s Blockchain Innovation Community, have started planning knowledge-sharing events to meet the demands of an increasingly entrepreneurially-minded student population.
Outside of the University, Kingston has a very active innovation and startup community, with various associations planning monthly workshops, networking nights, and socials to bring together the city’s innovators to share their knowledge, skills, and experiences with one another and the public.
Here’s a look at some of the networking opportunities available in February and March – mark your calendar, and register for the events that interest you!
Sunday, Feb. 4 at 9am-4pm – registration is closed, but if you message the organizers tonight and/or show up day-of, you might just be lucky enough to grab a seat in the theatre! (Sometimes there are no-shows.) Learn more here.
Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Connector Regional Pitch Competition
Deadline: Sunday, Feb. 4 at 11:59pm – This is an opportunity for early stage ventures in Kingston to compete for seed funding, participation in our intensive summer boot camp, and mentorship from industry professionals. Startups will be pitching to a panel of international judges from the DDQIC Global Network to gain valuable feedback on their business model while getting a chance to win significant funding and support to help their company. This competition is open to ventures at Queen’s and in the Kingston region. Learn more here.
100+ Women Who Care
Monday, Feb. 5 at 7:30pm-8:30pm – Bringing together 100+ women in Kingston who care about local community causes and who are committed to community service. At our quarterly meetings, we jointly select a local charity or not-for-profit organization and each member writes a $100 cheque to the selected organization. At just one meeting, watch how 100+ individual commitments turns into a $10,000+ donation for a worthy cause right here in Kingston. Do that four times a year and witness how $40,000+ can improve the lives of our neighbours when placed in the hands of those working to serve our community. Learn more here.
Stress Management Workshop
Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 5pm-6pm OR Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 5pm-6pm – Entrepreneurship is stressful! Especially when you’re juggling school, work, and other full-time commitments. Manage stress before stress manages you! Using a highly effective cognitive behavioural approach, learn how to identify, reduce, and cope with stress. In this support and skills based group, we will explore sources of stress and its impact, and share tools and techniques that you can start using now, to manage stresses both big and small. FREE! Participants are welcome to drop in as they wish, no sign up required. Learn more here.
Workshop: Cloud Accounting – Making Business Accounting Simple
Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 5pm-6pm – In this workshop, participants will understand the key differences in cloud accounting, what solutions are out there, and the pros and cons of the solutions. Participants will leave this workshop with a better understanding of the options available, and be able to make an informed decision on their choice of accounting software. QuickBooks Online, Zoho Books, Sage Online, and Wave Apps will be discussed. Register Here
FREE Seminar: Latin America Export Opportunities
Thursday, Feb. 8 at 9am-4:30pm – The Ministry of International Trade in collaboration with Kingston Economic Development will be hosting this one-day session at the Delta Kingston Waterfront. Free, but registration is required. At these forums, you will learn about successful market entry and expansion strategies: how to build effective partnerships with companies in the region, and how to develop and expand your business in one or more of these markets. You will also learn about the opportunities and challenges for exporters in these key markets.
QBiT Biomedical Innovation Speaker Series
Thursday, Feb. 8 at 3pm-5:30pm – Further develop your interest in biomedical design, gain perspective from industry leaders, and expand your network. Come see one or all speakers. Food and refreshments will be provided. FREE event. If you have any questions, message QBiT on Facebook or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Queen’s Cares Project
Mandatory Orientation Saturday, Feb. 10 – Gain real-world experience working in a multidisciplinary team initiative working alongside local non-profits to solve a real-world problem in 4 days. – Project runs Feb. 20-23. Learn more & apply here.
Queen’s Institute for Health Improvement Conference
Saturday Feb. 10 – The goal of this conference is to provoke innovative thinking within healthcare systems and focus on skills development in quality improvement and healthcare implementation. Conference attendees will develop practical skills in quality improvement, and gain insight on how to effectively enact change in a healthcare setting. Tickets are only $20. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided. It’s a great networking opportunity and an awesome way to learn more about how to make impactful change in the healthcare field. Learn more.
Life After ArtSci: Networking with Queen’s Alumni
Saturday Feb. 10 at 10am-4pm – Engage with successful Arts and Science alumni from diverse sectors. Attendees will hear from leaders in emerging industries and CEOs, all of whom graduated from Queen’s Arts and Science. From the medical cannabis industry to international consulting to philanthropy, Life After ArtSci will discuss careers in every sector. With a networking catered lunch and workshops facilitated by Career Services, you will have the resources to propel your professional career. Life After ArtSci will challenge the question “What can you do with an Arts and Science degree?” and prove any profession is possible. Learn more here.
100+ Men Who Care
Monday, Feb. 12 at 7pm-8pm at The Grizzly Grill – “You don’t have to give a lot alone. You just have to give a little, together.” One hour of your time. $100. Four times per year. That’s all it takes! Now add 99 other men (guys, dudes, bros, gentlemen, whatever you prefer) just like you and you’re making an immediate positive effect on the lives of our neighbours by giving $40,000 each year to worthy causes right here in Kingston. Learn more here.
The Next Gen @ Work Symposium
Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 8am-1:30pm – Join the Mayor of Kingston and local business leaders at this free event, featuring Abacus Data Inc.’s CEO David Coletto. Register here.
Workshop: Social Media Strategies for Small Business
Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 5pm-6pm – In this workshop, we will continue the discussion around online marketing and social media for small business. Attendees will be given specific strategies for moving their social networks forward, gaining followers, collecting email addresses, and generally how to make online platforms work for them. This is a follow-up workshop to our Online Marketing 101 course, and while it is not necessary for you to have attended it, it is recommended. Register Here
Workshop: Business Fundamentals for Startups
Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 5pm-6pm – These free one-hour information sessions on starting your own business are designed for new and aspiring entrepreneurs. Delivered by Kingston Economic Development Corporation in partnership with Darling Consulting, you will learn how to register a business, navigate the HST, access City of Kingston resources, secure financing, and plan for a sustainable future. Questions, email@example.com. You must register to attend.
Startup Green Drinks
Wednesday, Feb. 28 – Brought to you by Sustainable Kingston in collaboration with Startup Kingston, Startup Green Drinks is a great opportunity to engage with local people in the sustainability, innovation and entrepreneurial space over some delicious drinks. This is an informal, fun, and friendly networking session on the last Wednesday of every month, location TBA.
Commerce & Engineering Environmental Conference
Thursday, March 1 through Saturday, March 3 – As the premier undergraduate sustainability conference in Canada, we aim to expose delegates to the rapidly expanding and disruptive green industry, an area with substantial economic and social impact. CEEC explores the business opportunities and technology that will allow for the next generation of great companies to lead us into a world that is built upon renewable energy and other green innovation. Learn more here.
Queen’s Healthcare and Business Conference
Friday, March 9 & Saturday, March 10 – Be a part of a student-run conference that explores the dynamic relationship between business and healthcare. Features an innovation showcase and panel with healthcare entrepreneurs. Connect and collaborate with industry, academics, and student leaders. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Apply now
[COMMERCE ONLY] The Kinnear Business Plan Competition
Deadline Monday, March 19 at 9am – open to undergraduates in Smith who either have an ongoing venture or are in the process of establishing a venture. The top team will be awarded $5,000 to be used towards the establishment or ongoing operations of the business. Teams, who have members who are not Commerce students are eligible provided that the Queen’s Commerce student is an integral part of the founding team. In addition, existing proposals are valid and qualify for consideration provided the plan has not previously won the Paul and Tom Kinnear Business Plan competition. Learn more here.
Workshop: Business Fundamentals for Startups
Wednesday, March 27 at 5pm-6pm – These free one-hour information sessions on starting your own business are designed for new and aspiring entrepreneurs. Delivered by Kingston Economic Development Corporation in partnership with Darling Consulting, you will learn how to register a business, navigate the HST, access City of Kingston resources, secure financing, and plan for a sustainable future. Questions, email@example.com. You must register to attend.
Startup Green Drinks
Thursday, March 28 – Brought to you by Sustainable Kingston in collaboration with Startup Kingston, Startup Green Drinks is a great opportunity to engage with local people in the sustainability, innovation and entrepreneurial space over some delicious drinks. This is an informal, fun, and friendly networking session on the last Wednesday of every month, location TBA.