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Queen’s University and St. Lawrence College partner in an innovative entrepreneurial opportunity for students


St. Lawrence College and Queen’s University are pleased to announce a new partnership with the Queen's Summer Innovation Initiative program (QSII).  This summer paid internship program provides an opportunity for students to hone their entrepreneurial skills, with the guidance of industry experts. This new partnership will enable two St. Lawrence College students to have an opportunity to collaborate with Queen’s University students in the program. This unique opportunity has been made possible through the generosity of Kingston philanthropist, Walter Fenlon.

The program is designed to encourage entrepreneurship and innovation. The motivated and talented students will participate in seminars, workshops, and mentorship during the paid internship this summer.  They begin the summer with a two-week experiential learning segment taught by professors, seasoned entrepreneurs, and industry experts. Students will be able to formulate ideas and will receive funding to develop their project. Working in a team, they will then have the opportunity to develop their own business or assist in the innovation of a current corporation.  Teams are able to showcase their hard work in a competition at the end of the summer with a chance to win $25,000 to further develop their business.

“Central to our mandate is student success and this partnership will provide our students with an innovative learning opportunity that will help them advance their skills and put them to the test.  Together with Queen’s students and industry experts, they’ll gain real-world experiences that engage their entrepreneurial spirit,” said Glenn Vollebregt, president and CEO, St. Lawrence College.

“Students will benefit from the experience-rich professionals who will mentor and assist them to draw out their creative ideas. We are excited to have this opportunity to expand the program to include students from St. Lawrence College,” said Greg Bavington, Executive Director, Queen’s Innovation Connector, Queen’s University.

QSII ultimately has two goals: To light the spark of innovation by enabling innovators and entrepreneurial risk-takers, and to anchor an ecosystem that expands the Kingston and eastern Ontario economy through the attraction, education and retention of highly talented innovators.

This is the first year of the partnership between QSII and St. Lawrence College. Two students from the College will have the opportunity to pursue the 16-week paid internship.