Health Innovation Kingston

Health Innovation Kingston (HI YGK)

The City of Kingston in collaboration with 7 partners is leading an initiative, Health Innovation Kingston (HI YGK), to encourage health focused start-ups to access resources to develop and grow in Kingston. Our health sector is rich in talent and resources, and has often been referred to as a “living lab”.

If you would like to know more and how we can help your company, please contact Don Aldridge, City of Kingston: [email protected]


About the City of Kingston

Kingston's vision of being "smart and livable" drives the City's overall strategy including health innovation. History and innovation thrive in our dynamic city located along the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario, an easy travel distance from Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal, in the heart of Eastern Ontario. With a stable and diversified economy that includes global corporations, innovative start-ups, and all levels of government, Kingston's high quality of life offers access to world-class education, research institutions, advanced tertiary healthcare facilities, affordable living and vibrant entertainment and tourism activities. Kingston is an ideal place to live and grow a business.


Meet the Partners

Centre for Advanced Computing (CAC)


CAC specializes in providing highly available, higly secure, advanced computing and cloud resources and support for academic, not-for-profit, government, medical, and private sector clients.

HI YGK Program Supports

  • Access to skilled AI developers with deep analytics and IoT skills;
  • Health application development;
  • Health data management, security and privacy protection.

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Dunin-Deshpande Queen's Innovation Centre (DDQIC)


Dunin-Deshpande Queen's Innovation Centre provides programs, services, and resources to entrepreneurs and students to support innovation and growth.

HI YGK Program Supports

  • Delivers programs to support scale-up and growth for health innovation companies;
  • Also offers programs specific to the needs of rural areas in the Kingston region.

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Ingenuity Labs


An interdisciplinary initiative at Queen's University combining artificial intelligence, robotics, and human machine interaction to create intelligent systems and robotic machines that enhance human productivity, safety, performance, and quality of life.

HI YGK Program Supports

  • Support for R&D of intelligent systems including robotics and wearable devices;
  • Access to a pool of Post Doctoral Fellows to work on your projects;
  • Access to high-end GPU systems for AI development;
  • Workshop and testing facilities;
  • Workspace and meeting facilities are also available.

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Kingston Economic Development Corporation

Kingston EcDev

Kingston Economic Development Corporation provides dynamic and collaborative leadership by leveraging Kingston's unique assets to create jobs and investment in order to sustain, grow and transform Kingston's economy to meet the needs of the 21st century.

HI YGK Program Supports

  • Support for start-ups, business retention & expansion and investment attraction including business advisory services, workforce support, site selection, planning and permitting, funding requests and regional supply chain connections;
  • Conducts extensive research and generates leads to support foreign direct investment in the health innovation sector;
  • Lead organization to assist businesses in establishing a soft landing in the United States through the Kingston Syracuse Pathway;
  • Augments collaboration and attraction of health innovation-based companies to Kingston through the expansion of the Kingston Syracuse Pathway, exhibition of Kingston at tradeshows, and conferences, and provision of educational workshops to support business growth.

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Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC)


Kingston Health Sciences Centre is Southeastern Ontario's largest complex-acute and specialty care, research, and teaching hospital. KHSC consists of Hotel Dieu, Kingston General Hospital, the Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario, as well as two research institutes. KHSC cares for more than 500,000 patients and families from across our region.

HI YGK Program Supports

  • KHSC is part of Kingston's "living lab" - a place to test new health innovations;
  • Health innovation assessment in a real-world environment.

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Queen's Partnership and Innovation (QPI)


Queen’s Partnerships and Innovation (QPI) has deep domain expertise in technology development & commercialization, intellectual property, partnership development, and regulatory & clinical affairs and provides support to students, faculty, entrepreneurs, and SMEs through various programs and services.

HI YGK Program Supports

  • Market-Focused Research Workshop Series – focused on helping grad students/post-docs make their research more translatable to the market
  • Growth Catalyst – Bootcamp focused on helping SMEs develop a company-specific growth plan
  • Mentorship in the area of technology development & commercialization, intellectual property strategy, regulatory & clinical affairs, grant writing, and investment readiness
  • Patent, market analysis, and networking and referral services

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St. Lawrence College (SLC)


SLC offers more than 100 full-time programs on campuses in Kingston, Brockville, Cornwall and online, including fast-track delivery, graduate certificates, and four-year degrees.

HI YGK Program Supports

  • The SLC "Nudge Unit" provides behavioural insights to support growth by helping companies refine their products and services to meet market demands;
  • Businesses analytic support;
  • Web presence design UI/UX (user interface and user experience);
  • Hands-on product design and research assistance available.

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We acknowledge the support of the Government of Canada through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario.

Nous reconnaissons l'appui du gouvernement du Canada à travers l'Agence fédèrale de développement économique pour le sud de l'Ontario.

While all of the following programs and services will be delivered in English, certain programs and services will be made available in French in accordance with the terms of the Contribution Agreement between the City of Kingston and the Government of Canada. Please contact us to discuss your interests and needs.

Alors que tous les programmes et services seront offerts en anglais, certains programmes et services seront accessibles en fraçais conformément aux modalités de l'accord de contribution entre la Ville de Kingston et le Gouvernement du Canada. Prenez contact avec nous pour discuter de vos intérêts et de vos besoins.

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