Quest Fellowship Program on Innovation & Entrepreneurship 2024 | Apply Now!

Quest Fellowship Program on Innovation & Entrepreneurship 2024 is an initiative crafted by AirDrop labs in collaboration with the Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre (DDQIC) at Queen’s University, the target of the Fellowship is to empower young persons with a toolkit to translate ideas, and technologies, or passions into sustainable ventures.

Quest Fellowship Program on Innovation & Entrepreneurship 2024

The essence of the program goes beyond mere business creation; it’s about catalyzing ideas into impactful ventures that shape the future.

Program Structure

Fellows progress through three key stages: explore, ignite, and launch. Your advancement on the Fellowship depends entirely on your dedication, evidenced by completing assignments, attending lectures, engaging in quizzes, and participating in biweekly office hours.

You will demonstrate your commitment to entrepreneurial progress by achieving milestones and unlocking new opportunities and resources such as seed funding, tailored mentorship, and market access at each stage.

The program comes with numerous training materials, including bite-sized video lectures curated by Queen’s University’s esteemed faculty.

The curriculum is grounded in a framework developed at MIT and outlined in the book “Disciplined Entrepreneurship: 24 Steps to a Successful Startup” by Bill Aulet at the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship.

Benefits of the Fellowship

Global Visibility and Networking:

  • You will engage with mentors and speakers leading innovation and entrepreneurship in North America.
  • Access a global network of Queen’s entrepreneurial alumni.
  • Join a cohort of like-minded individuals from across Africa.


  • You will be paired with industry leaders and entrepreneurs in the program’s final phase.
  • Receive feedback at critical startup milestones.

Best-in-Class Training

  • Business Bootcamp led by Queen’s University faculty and industry veterans.
  • Utilization of the Disciplined Entrepreneurship framework developed at MIT.
  • Pitch coaching and mastery.
  • Live workshops on marketing, goal setting, and recruitment.

Opportunity for Micro-Credentials

  • Earn micro-credentials in Entrepreneurship awarded by Queen’s University upon successful course completion.

Financial Support

  • As a Fellow, you will have a chance to pitch for prizes of up to CAD 15,000 in the program’s pitch competition.
  • You will also get the opportunity to visit the Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre, fostering lasting connections.


  • If you are a recent student, graduate, and ecosystem amplifier (from all academic disciplines), you are welcome to apply. Whether you are already engaged in a business venture or starting anew, the program will offer you support.
  • As a participant, you must be committed to nurturing your entrepreneurial mindset and leveraging provided resources for enterprise development.
  • While the program is delivered virtually and can be completed at one’s own pace, you will need a minimum commitment of 10 hours per week.
  • Even though assignments and pitches are conducted in English; if you are a non-English speaker, you are encouraged to apply and form teams with English-proficient partners.

How To Apply

The application deadline is March 25, 2024, if you wish to apply,

For additional information, visit the Quest Fellowship Program website.



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