Acceleration Programs

Are you ready to learn, be challenged, and take your business into overdrive?

InnovationXL includes a variety of Acceleration Programs, from workshops and special pitch events to intensive immersion experiences.


DiscoverXL is a program designed for very early stage ventures to validate your business concept. The program is delivered in two full-day workshops, spaced about a month apart and will cover such topics as defining and discovering who your customer is, developing a value proposition, finding or designing a product prototype and estimating your market opportunity.

Some of our DiscoverXL companies have gone on to complete GrindspaceXL and are operating successful businesses today!

Participation in DiscoverXL also gives you access to the resources available at Innovation Park such as our mentoring and match-making services as well as our incubation space.

Note: Applications for the 2018 DiscoverXL program is now closed.


GrindSpaceXL gives you the skills and mentorship to help turn your early-stage technology venture into a great company. If you have a passionate startup team with an exciting business idea and prototype or beta ready, apply today to join our next cohort for an intensive 12-week program.

Over 40 companies have graduated from GrindSpaceXL to date in Eastern Ontario, and the program continues to receive praise from participants for helping them to refine their business models and improve sales effectiveness. Join our growing alumni community!

The program is open to incorporated companies commercializing technology-based products or services that are headquartered and operating in Canada.

Keep an eye out on this page for Fall 2018 Applications.

GrindSpaceXL-Kingston cohorts are hosted at Innovation Park at Queen’s University (945 Princess Street), a technology development hub and innovation community that offers shared work, lab and meeting spaces. During GrindSpaceXL and following graduation, program partners provide intellectual property and financial expertise, and market intelligence and help companies to access resources, attract customers and become investor-ready.

The Benefits

GrindSpaceXL helps move your company from prototype to product to revenue. To help you make this leap from a promising venture to a great company, GrindSpaceXL offers a 12-week program that delivers:

  • Targeted and intensive entrepreneurship training, including business model development and B2B sales.
  • Extended one-on-one mentorship from entrepreneurs who have built leading-edge companies.
  • Specialized advisors who help companies become investor-ready.
  • Opportunities to hone and deliver your pitch to advisors and investors.
  • Accelerated business development within a structured environment.

Join us! For more information about the Acceleration Programs, please contact Rick Boswell. To be added to our distribution list for some of our events, please email Amanda Gilbert.