Queen's Innovation Centre

Dunin-Deshpande Queen's Innovation Centre
Dunin-Deshpande Queen's Innovation Centre

QICSI Company Profiles

Since its launch in 2012, the QIC Summer Initiative has allowed two hundred undergraduate students to develop a wide variety of companies, everything from financial technology instruments to medical devices.We look forward to continuing to support the QICSI graduates and their ventures into the future. Check out some of the active ventures from each cohort below!

 

2017 Ventures

Monetta Technologies

http://monettatech.com/

Monetta Technologies is developing a meeting management software that utilizes speech to text technology to automate note-taking during meetings, while providing productivity data and a document repository for your team. Monetta Technologies will revolutionize how meetings minutes are taken and used, by providing teams with a seamless method to keep track of their progress, thereby increasing team accountability and driving productivity in the workplace.

Spectra Plasmonics

http://www.spectraplasmonics.com/

Spectra Plasmonics delivers a chemical sensor for applications including food safety, forensics, and law enforcement. With state-of-the-art capability, this device saves time and money in detecting trace levels of harmful compounds in complex mixtures.

Dream Again

Dream Again is working on the customization of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) masks. The problem with current CPAP therapy is that there are only standard-sized fitting masks for full-face, nasal, and nasal-pillow users. While extensively researching the market, Dream Again has concluded that the best way to find a solution with the current masks, is to focus on the main problem with them, which is non-compliance. There are many reasons for non-compliance, the main ones being: reducing leakage, size, and discomfort. We are working to provide an alternative mask option which helps solve these issues. Our “custom-fit” solution uses scanning and 3D printing to meet these needs.

Fitra

Fitra provides health clubs with tracking and feedback tools that keep members motivated to reach their fitness goals. Fitra provides seamless workout tracking by retrofitting existing strength machines and free-weights with sensors, connected to a mobile app, to create an integrated smart gym experience. This is paired with a club management dashboard, which will give operators valuable insight on how members are interacting with their facilities.

Kuebiko

School boards currently lack resources to fund educational assistants and special education programs, while teachers do not have time to complete research into teaching strategies for each student with learning disabilities. Kuebiko allows teachers to provide for each student by generating a list of evidence-based learning strategies for the students with diverse needs and characteristics. The teachers will be able to further personalize their teaching by Kuebiko's feedback loop, which uses the teachers' assessment of effectiveness to generate tiered and specific strategies.

Ozira Foods

https://www.ozirafoods.com/

Ozira Foods is working to bring the newest and most sustainable superfood to market in Canada. Khai Nam is a plant-based meat alternative with a strong nutritional profile boasting 30 to 40 percent protein; it is high in fibre, iron, omega-3 fatty acids and zinc. Ozira grows, harvests, dries, and grinds Khai Nam to produce a highly nutritious fine powder that can be incorporated into any meal. Khai Nam is vegan, common allergen-free, and has a significantly lower environmental impact than any meat on the market.

Reverie Baby

https://www.reveriebaby.co/

Reverie Baby aims to tackle the issue of sleep deprivation in new parents by reducing the frequency of non-essential infant night wakings. Integrating the functionality of today’s best baby monitors with a wide array of research-backed soothing techniques, the Reverie Baby Smart Sleeper detects the sleep/wake state of your baby and automatically initiates one or more on-board soothing techniques to help ease the baby back to sleep without the need for intervention. Reverie Baby offers the first monitoring and soothing solution personalized to each baby’s unique sleep habits, learning what techniques are most effective and delivering unique routines to match them.

Your Mobility Innovations

Your Mobility Innovations is dedicated to innovation in the area of assistive devices for the elderly and persons with disabilities. Our product is an adjustable grab bar that can easily adjust to meet the needs of rapidly changing users. Our mission is to change the lives of anyone with physical limitations by improving their independence, safety and confidence with in their community.

2016 Ventures

Rockmass Technologies

http://rockmasstech.com/

Rockmass Technologies enhances the process of geotechnical surveying and data acquisition by improving safety, efficiency and accuracy. The device automatically maps a rock face while the software analyses the data and breaks it down into key information that is used to determine the structural stability of a tunnel, mine shaft and/or rock face.

One Species

https://onespeciesapparel.com/​

OneSpecies is stylish and sustainable apparel fighting to stop extinction, one species at a time. Every two months OneSpecies releases a new collection of clothing dedicated to one of the planet’s most at-risk animals – from the blue whale to the grasshopper sparrow.Collections are beautifully designed to represent the selected endangered species, and are made from bamboo fabrics. As a fabric, bamboo has a lower environmental impact than conventional materials and is also soft, moisture wicking and anti-bacterial.​

Paperweight Technologies

Paperweight Technologies is tackling some of the major issues with the home printing experience. They hope to create a product or products that will be dependable, easy to use, and are innovative in design at a price the consumer is willing to pay.

North Sprout

https://www.northsprout.com/

NorthSprout is on a mission to increase the efficiency of the agriculture industry without detriment to the earth. NorthSprout is developing a gel-based germination medium that will allow seeds to grow strong and healthy faster and with less water than traditional methods. The agriculture industry is facing big changes as technology gets adopted at every stage, from robots and drones to indoor farming right down to the media in which we sow our seeds. NorthSprout couldn't be more excited to join in and shape the future of our food.

Tandem Therapy

Tandem Therapy is a software platform that will support the relationship between therapists and their patients with depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses. By tracking data and cognitive exercises throughout the week, Tandem wants to help therapists monitor and improve their patients’ treatment.

AMALA

Algal blooms are choking waterways worldwide, greatly harming the fish and plants that live in them. AMALA is helping to solve this problem by creating yoga mats made from harvested wild algae. The algae fuses with foam to create a durable yet lighter yoga mat that’s perfect for everyday practice. Algae is also naturally antibacterial, removing over 99 per cent of odor-causing bacteria. AMALA is a cleaner solution for both you and the environment.

Foodvine

Local food producers and retailers are facing a problem. There aren’t efficient or reliable systems in place to determine adequate supply and demand, and they don’t have the time to develop an organized, expansive network to meet their needs. Foodvine has developed a software program that solves these problems by providing a database where users can connect and organize their food orders efficiently and effectively.

KAI Packs

KAI Packs are stylish and functional backpacks made with recycled plastic from Haiti. Due to Haiti’s poor economy and waste management system, plastic is overused, improperly disposed of, and often ends up in the ocean. By partnering with a company that provides meaningful employment to Haitians to collect plastic and manufactures it into fabric, we hope to help improve living standards for Haitians and lessen plastic pollution in the ocean. We strive to encourage students to make environmentally and socially positive purchasing decisions, while raising awareness about ocean conservation.

2015 Ventures

Iris Technologies

www.iristechnologies.ca

Iris Technologies is addressing the negative health consequences LCD screens cause for individuals who suffer from specific medical conditions or who spend a long period of time working at LCD monitors. The solution that Iris is providing is a substitute screen that causes fewer negative health repercussions by using e-paper technology, which is found in devices such as e-readers. 

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Scarlet Smart Fashion

www.scarletsmart.com

Scarlet Smart Fashion is a brand that combines smart technology, functionality and style to provide simple yet powerful solutions for the busy modern professional. A major focus of Scarlet is to integrate technology into products to simplify and empower the lifestyles of customers. Scarlet’s brand exemplifies the passion, innovation, quality and beauty that it commits to its designs. 

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Atria Fitness

www.atriafitness.com

Atria Fitness is a mobile application that will pay people to workout. The app uses group accountability and monetary incentives to motivate people to get fit. People can workout on their own, or join group campaigns on the app to raise money for a cause of their choice. 

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Gryllies

www.gryllies.com

With the global population expected to exceed 9 billion people by 2050, conventional livestock production no longer has the ability to feed the world in an environmentally sustainable way. Gryllies’ solution is to harvest crickets as a future-friendly protein source that can be integrated seamlessly into the traditional North American diet.

Gryllies Products

LUMOS Energy Strips

www.lumosenergy.co

LUMOS Energy Strips deliver an innovative solution to an everyday problem: tiredness. Conventional energy solutions are high calorie, high volume, and often high cost. LUMOS has created a thin strip containing naturally-sourced caffeine that dissolves in a person’s mouth for a quick boost equivalent to half a cup of coffee. 

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2014 Ventures

Mosaic 3D Printer Addition

Mosaic Manufacturing

www.mosaicmanufacturing.com

Mosaic Manufacturing has created a stand-alone device that attaches to a 3D printer and allows for even and clean printing in colour. Mosaic gained 464 backers and $231,803 CAD in their Kickstarter campaign in 2015, and are now shipping their product. 

Cleanslate UV Scanner

Limestone Labs

www.cleanslateuv.com

Limestone Labs has developed a device that disinfects your cell phone in 30 seconds using ultraviolet light, for use in hospitals, clinics, and seniors’ homes, to prevent the spread of infection. Limestone Labs won $500k USD in 2015 at 43North, the world's biggest business pitch competition, beating out nearly 11,000 applicants. 

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Givway & Co.

www.givwayandco.com

Givway & Co. is a backpack company with a “Sell one, Give one” model, where for every backpack sold, a backpack is given to a person in need in the local community. The Givway founders source, create and distribute their product as locally as possible. 

Scent Trunk Women Product Sample

Scent Trunk

www.scenttrunk.com

Scent Trunk is a subscription-based e-commerce retailer that selects and delivers a personalized selection of premium cologne miniatures each month, chosen based on the preferences, lifestyle and constraints of their customers. 

2013 Ventures

Northwood Sunglasses

http://bit.ly/NorthwoodCo

Northwood is crafting sunglasses made from local woods, stone, and hemp fibre. Crafted in Canada in small-batches, they’re making some of the strongest and most eco-friendly sunglasses ever seen.

Northwood Sunglasses

2012 Ventures

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Listn

Listn, acquired by Beatport in 2014 in a high seven figure deal, connects people through music by enabling users to browse each other’s music collection, whether they are best friends or strangers.