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Kingston has emerged as a powerful startup ecosystem owing to its workforce and industries.

Notable Startups
startup iconMakeship
startup iconLi-Cycle
startup iconKings Distributed Systems
Top Coworking Spaces
startup iconFractal Workspace
Top Accelerators
startup iconKPM Accelerate
startup iconQueen's Capital
startup iconLaunch Lab Kingston
Notable Organizations
startup iconDunin-Deshpande Queen's Innovation Centre
startup iconQueen's Office of Partnerships and Innovation
startup iconKingston Economic Development Corporation
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Key Stats of the Kingston Startup Ecosystem

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Top Industries
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Energy & Environment
#59 worldwide
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Health
#79 worldwide
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Hardware & IoT
#85 worldwide
Ecosystem Rankings
National ranking
9th
In Canada
Regional Ranking
70th
In North America
Global Ranking
183rd
worldwide

Kingston Ecosystem Landscape

Taxes and incentives:
  • Futurpreneur provides pre-launch coaching, business resources, start-up financing and mentoring to help 18-39 year old entrepreneurs start their own business. Character based loans of $15,000 and more are available.
  • The Women Entrepreneurship Strategy and Ecosystem Fund supports the development and delivery of new programs and services to women entrepreneurs from underrepresented groups in Kingston and the surrounding region.
  • FedDev Ontario has provided over $1 billion in new funding to continue driving innovation and growth in the region. High-potential firms that are commercializing innovative products, technologies and processes are eligible to apply.
Investor landscape:
  • Kingston is ranked number one in angel investors network in Canada;
  • Kingston was recently named one of the best 20 places to invest in Canada by Site Selection Magazine;
  • Kingston is one of the top Canadian cities for foreign direct investment;
Events:
  • The Mayor’s Innovation Challenge - It is the most significant event of the year that is hosted by Kingston’s city hall. The event’s focus is to encourage startups to solve smart city challenges. The city invests in the winning team’s idea to contribute towards its startup ecosystem, creating a positive environment for entrepreneurship.
  • Kingston Economic Development - provides businesses and startups with dynamic and collaborative opportunities by organizing startup workshops on social entrepreneurship, inclusion, digitizing, and marketing. The events offer an impetus for individuals and entrepreneurs to grow, and let a diversity of people want to live, work and do business in the city.
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Why Kingston is a great City to live in

Kingston attracts people from Canada and abroad. From its multi-cultural population to high quality of life, Kingston has many advantages.

Why Kingston is a great city to live in
Population
173k
as of 2019
GDP
$8,830
per capita
Cost of Living
$1,740
per person and month
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