Queen's Innovation Centre

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

The 2018 DDQIC Summer Initiative Recap

Check out the final results of the 7th Annual Dunin-Deshpande Summer Pitch Competition

Friday, August 24th, 2018 | By Danielle Baxter

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Karina Bland and James Hantho present on behalf of ClimaCube, which took home $30,000 at the pitch competition. (University Communications)

The 2018 DDQIC Summer Initiative Recap:

After 15 weeks of hard work, fifteen teams from the Queen’s Innovation Centre Summer Initiative (QICSI) competed alongside five regional ventures in the Dunin-Deshpande Summer Pitch Competition yesterday. The decision to determine the winners was a difficult task and no small feat. The esteemed panel of judges, which included Allison Turner (Co-founder and Director of Product Development at PnuVax Inc.), Raj Melville (Executive Director at the Deshpande Foundation), David Lloyd (Chief Executive Officer at PostBeyond Inc.) and Peter Becke (CEO, Venturing Hills Corporation, General Partner, Hello Ventures).

Results of the 2018 QICSI Pitch Competition:

Congratulations to the entire 2018 cohort! We look forward to continuing to support the QICSI graduates and their ventures into the future. Thank you to the many individuals and organizations who have contributed to the QICSI program this year.

The winners of the pitch competition are as follows:

ClimaCube | $30,000 winners
EmulGreen | $15,000 winners
InField ID | $10,000 winners
Illumirate | $10,000 winners
MIR Platforms | $10,000 winners
Childhood Cancer Survivor Canada | $10,000 winners
Durabyte | $5,000 winners

Wisdom of the Market Award:

New this year, the Wisdom of the Market Award allows the audience to vote for their favourite team and help the judges allocate the funding.

FireFi | $5,000 WOM winners
Durabyte | $5,000 WOM winners

The QICSI 2018 Ventures

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Acoutera makes it easy to get quotes for your home renovation, purchase the right materials, and pay the contractors - all from your laptop or phone.  

The Aggressive Good is developing The YouCan, an automated bulk food dispensing unit (patent pending) that facilitates zero waste grocery shopping, accelerates the checkout process, and increase efficiency at every stage of the grocery shopping experience. 


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AquaSwift is a water analytics company focused on providing water organizations and rural homeowners an effective way to track and monitor their water levels. 
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BizSkills Academy is a virtual, experiential start-up school that transforms the lives of millions of young people by empowering and guiding them through the process of transforming their ideas, talents, passions, and skills into start-ups and micro businesses. 
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Childhood Cancer Survivor Canada is a charity organization that creates awareness, provides peer support, and brings access to care to childhood cancer survivors across Canada.  

ClimaCube is developing portable cold storage units to extend the quality of products as they are in transit, such as samples or vaccinations.  

CTRLgate is a security startup that focuses on community management software for gated communities, tracking each visitor and service worker entering and exiting a community while providing reporting tools in the event of an incident. 

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Durabyte provides a solution to the frequent and expensive turnover of enterprise flash drives by increasing the useful lifespan of these devices. This is achieved using a proprietary algorithm, which optimizes data allocation to decrease flash drive degradation over time.  

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EmulGreen is transitioning towards a more sustainable chemicals sector. They are introducing high-performance emulsifiers based on natural resources that give enhanced emulsion properties. Their current focus lies on cosmetics applications. 

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Firefi is a community based loyalty program that helps small business owners increase retention, reach new customers and make data powered decisions. 

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Focus Forward for Indigenous Youth is a not-for-profit that collaborates with Indigenous communities from across Canada on self-determined projects, empowering youth through trades-based educational programming. 

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Illumirate provides oxygen therapy to neonates in low-resource settings. They are currently developing a portable, automated, solar-assisted baby incubator to be used in rural clinics in developing countries.  

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InField ID is developing technology for agronomists to easily identify plant pests and invasive species using Artificial Intelligence. 

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MIR Platforms is providing drone technology to inspection service providers to perform inspections that involve physical contact with hard-to-reach infrastructure 

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PaymentSolCon is a Fin-Tech company that utilizes machine learning and artificial intelligence to data mine for inefficiencies inside businesses merchant accounts.PaymentSolCon intends to be the Robin Hood of the Payment Processing industry by helping businesses save money residually. 

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Re. (short for rehabilitate) is a non-profit venture creating a tool for primary care physicians to easily prescribe home-based exercise and mindfulness therapy, for patients with back pain who otherwise can’t afford or access physiotherapy. 

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Research Stream is a platform to connect researchers with research participants. Their service, supported by an online platform, streamlines the participant recruitment and management process for research studies, taking the participant search out of research. 

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SWIM seeks to provide real-time, spatially comprehensive information about water quality near shorelines to municipalities and conservation organizations in order to inform beach closures.  

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Tripwire is an upcoming cloak and dagger collectible trading card game. 

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Unicity Studios is developing Sandbox, a creativity-enabling piece of software for building applications, games, animations and other dynamic, digital objects. Sandbox is to be sold as a teaching tool for primary and secondary levels, as well as a tool for professionals to rapidly prototype new ideas.