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QEC 2021 Competition

September 17, 2020 - October 9, 2020

The Queen's Entrepreneurs' Competition 2021

The Queen’s Entrepreneurs’ Competition (The QEC) is one of the largest international undergraduate startup competitions in North America, awarding over $80,000 to startups each year. The QEC attracts top Canadian entrepreneurs and industry leaders who act as speakers, judges, and sponsors. Competitors benefit directly from their expertise and feedback throughout the competition.

Join one of the most respected entrepreneur competitions in North America and not only compete to gain the prize funds, but also participate to get access to amazing mentors and advisors who can help guide your startup to the next level.

Innovation Award

This award is presented to the team who best introduces a new and original idea that has the potential to be successfully applied in the real world, with the opportunity to shift commonly held paradigms or advance a specific field.

QEC 2021 Key DatesApplication Criteria

Submission Deadline

All entries must be submitted on www.theqec.com (full details on the website homepage) If there are any issues with submission, please email your business plan, video link and accompanying deck to competitors@theqec.com Deadline for submission is October 23, 2020, at 11:59 EST. Early bird submissions will be accepted by October 9, 2020, at 11:59 PM EST.

Qualification Requirements

Open to all full-time students enrolled in an undergraduate degree or diploma program. Teams may have only 50% of their team graduated, and the other 50% must still be enrolled in a program where they will graduate no earlier than May 2020. Each team may have a maximum of four students. A business proposal may be pitched in consecutive years provided the plan has not previously qualified as a QEC Top 6 finalist. Those who do not meet the specified criteria cannot pitch during the Final Weekend if a Top 15 position is obtained.

Format Requirements

All business plans must be written in English, be typed with 1.5 or double-spacing, minimum one-inch margins and 1 Opt font. Business plans must be presented in a concise, professional, and coherent manner. Spelling, grammar, and formatting will be taken into consideration. Competitor’s last names and school names must not be included on any pages of the business plan including the title page. Business plans must be received electronically by the submission deadline.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to your competitor coordinator, we are here to help! For general inquiries, please email competitors@theqec.com




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