Our Work

Innovate Kingston runs epic events, supports new youth entrepreneurship initiatives, hosts fast-growing companies in our co-working space, and makes connections across our city, our region, our country and internationally.

Here is a sampling of some of the recent work in which we have been involved.

The Breakout Project

The Breakout Project
Panel Discussion with Jeff Johnson, Tara Mccallan & Charlie Garcia.

The Breakout Project, founded by Innovate Kingston, is a first-of-its-kind social innovation festival designed to rapidly scale social good enterprises. The first annual event launched on May 10-12, 2017 in Kingston, Ontario.

The festival included a new online collaboration platform, seven live streams, a 40-foot stage at Fort Henry National Historic Site, and Sam Roberts Band concert in Springer Market Square that made for an innovation event unlike any hosted in North America, and perhaps the world.

Learn more about The Breakout Project:

Startup @ Sydenham

Startup at Sydenham
Students of Sydenham Public School deliver their final pitches to a panel of entrepreneurs from the community.

In the spirit of one of our core values Pay It Forward, Innovate Kingston is proud to be involved with a great initiative called Startup@Sydenham designed to spark creativity, nurture students’ entrepreneurial spirit and  develop problem solving skills.

Funded by The Limestone Learning Foundation, Startup@Sydenham is a community partnership between Sydenham Public School, the Sydenham Parent Council (PAC), Innovate Kingston, St. Lawrence College and Queen's University. Innovate Kingston led the entrepreneurial talk series in Fall 2016, which helped the students prepare for their final pitches earlier this month (June 2017).

The program is a collaborative learning opportunity that draws on the expertise of a number of community partners. Students from grades 5-8 at Sydenham Public School had a problem to solve and worked with entrepreneurs from Innovate Kingston, business professionals from the parent community, faculty from both St. Lawrence College and Queen’s University and collaborated with students from Queen’s engineering and Applied Science to design a solution. The project taught students how to research an idea, overcome challenges, create a business plan, and present a marketing campaign. Students worked together to help design, create and test a working prototype which they pitched to “investors” from Innovate Kingston, completing the evolution of an idea.

Work @ Town Hall

Thanks to the generosity and leadership of the City of Kingston, iK manages a beautifully renovated coworking space. Located in historic Portsmouth Village, Town Hall, houses start-up companies with the potential to scale quickly as key corporate members in our innovation ecosystem.

To date, we have housed a dozen companies and hosted countless events and workshops.

Featured Tenants

1 Million Teachers
1 Million Teachers Pioneers (left to right): Hakeem Subair (Team Lead), Afreen Khan (Talent Management & Special Projects); Rizma Butt (Director of Marketing + Communications) & Eric Farquharson (Marketing + Communications).

We are pleased to welcome 1 Million Teachers, ​a Kingston-based team from The Breakout Project​, as they set up their operation​ at Town Hall. ​The project, lead by Hakeem Subair, aims to train ​one​ million ​educators in impoverished nations within 365 days.​ ​Their mission is to ​develop a subscription-based online learning platform for teachers.​

Since moving into Town Hall in April 2017, the team has expanded.

1 Million Teachers now has a full-time, in-house writer and editor for curriculum content, and have already commissioned an instructional designer for their website. Subject matter experts are gathering information and content for the platform. A team of four on the ground in Nigeria are training inpreparation to help instruct those using the platform, once it is ready to be released.

Hakeem says being at Town Hall has helped give legitimacy to their initiative, providing a space for experts and volunteers to meet and collaborate. It has increased productivity, and so far, they have stayed on track with their deadlines, and hope to launch few weeks early.

1 Million Teachers has more exciting news to come as they continue on their journey. Learn more about Hakeem and 1 Million Teachers here. ​

What's Next?

Innovate Kingston is developing new programming for the 2017/2018 year. These initiatives will provide leadership for the region, attract new talent to Kingston, and inspire and engage youth of all ages. Sign up for our newsletter or follow us on social media for new program announcements.