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Meet the QICSI 2019 Cohort

June 4, 2019

Sean Monteiro and Francisco Virga, Founders of Bounce Inc

47 Queen’s students and Kingston community members are one step closer to achieving their dreams of founding a startup.

As the eighth cohort of the Queen’s Innovation Centre Summer Initiative (QICSI), the founders have the rare opportunity to receive a $7000 stipend and $4000 seed funding while trying to launch a successful venture in just four short months.

The program kicked off with a two-week bootcamp where the aspiring entrepreneurs were taken through extensive business and leadership skills training.

They now have the rest of the summer to work in teams to identify the most promising problems and opportunities and launch a viable business or non-profit.


Founders participate in a Q&A with Anton Toutov, Co-founder and CSO of Fuzionaire, and Professor Shai Dubey from the Smith School of Business teaches a negotiations workshop (right).

The Founders


From left to right: Sundar Manku (MMIE’19), Marina Radovanovic (Communications at Brock University), and Chipewyan McCrimmon (MMIE’19)

HeroHub is an online platform that creates a greater social impact by connecting local charities & non-profits to individuals or businesses who are seeking volunteer opportunities, charity events, and to donate new or gently-used items.

InHabit Co-Living

Alison Franchetto (MMIE’19), Ray Cronin (MMIE’19)

InHabit CoLiving is a flexible shared living space for young professional, transient students and travellers that is affordable and creates a sense of community while addressing the housing and accommodation crisis in Kingston.


Erik Koning (Sci’19), Quinn Pollock (Comp’20), Pranay Ramash (Com’20)

Doppl is building long-range smart sensor devices in addition to a telecommunications network for IoT devices. With the support of several local municipalities, Doppl’s first product enables city-wide monitoring of garbage bin levels allowing city officials to optimize and reduce costs of garbage removal. Doppl continues to develop new sensor products while scaling the Doppl Network across Canada.

Big Spoon Lil’ Spoon

From left to right: Victoria Preston (Artsci/PHE’21), Colton Celentano (Artsci/PHE’21), and Delaney Clarke (Artsci/PHE’21)

Big Spoon Lil Spoon (BSLS) is a social venture that provides healthy living programs and life skills workshops to people with disabilities and their siblings. Each participant, or ‘lil spoon’, is paired with a university student, or ‘big spoon’, and together they take weekly cooking classes together and learn essential life skills. BSLS’s goal is to help teach participants of all ages learn to be self-sufficient and lead a happy and healthy lifestyle.


Zoë Mitz (MMIE’19), Jesse Mastrangelo (MMIE’19), Kyra Grant (Sci’21)

LifeLuxe is a recreational and community management platform for retirement residences that enables seniors to pilot their own social lives, while improving efficiency and data collection for staff.

Red Gold Afghanistan

Nazaneen Quaomi (MMIE’19), Mustafa Ansari (MMIE’19), Herman Kaur (MEng’20)

MMIE grad Nazaneen Quaomi aims to empower women farmers in her home country of Afghanistan to grow premium saffron and sell it to global markets.


Jenny Bunning (MPA’19), Nora Lobb (MPA’19)

Netzero is a social enterprise that aims to empower people and businesses to make greener choices and take action in the climate change crisis. At netzero we believe that we all have a part to play.


David Altrows (Sci’20), Erin Huitema (Sci’20), Emma Prairie (Sci’20), Ampai Thammachack (ArtSci/PHE’20), Hayley Volden (ArtSci’20)

Lifted is a bra company centered around making diversity and inclusion the new fantasy. The need to make accessible expected is what drives our company to strive towards redesigning the lingerie industry.


Alessa Amato (Artsci/PHE’19), Karthik Koppouravuri (Sci’19), Trevor Page (Sci’19), Devon Hawkins (Com’19/Artsci’19)

Nufuuds is a packaged goods company using algae to address the environmental burden of food and lack of quality nutrient sources in our diets. We combine foods with algae to create whole-meals that are both nutritient dense and sustainable.


Jessica Arthur (Com’20), Jess Dassanayake (Comp’20), Maxwell Keleher (Comp’20), Ally MacDonald (ArtSci’20)

Stepstool empowers young adults to learn and practice home improvement and repair skills through hands-on workshops, a tool lending library and online content.


Duncan Cameron-Steinke (Sci’19), Emily Campbell (Com’19), Miki Kawano (Com’19), Pascal Girard (Sci’20), Devash Saini (Sci’20)

For creators who have fans yet struggle to get paid, backr is a tool which promotes fan engagement while creating revenue for creators. We work alongside creators existing social platforms and reward fans for every act of engagement, motivating them to do more.


Nick Chan (Com’21), Erika Geoffrian (Sci’20), Evan McKenzie (Com’21), Faranak Sharifi-Babaki (Comp’21), Janki Patel (MEng’20)

Cromble’s mission is to divert 100% of wasted spent grain and use it in the best way possible.

The Glocalization Hub

Leena Yahia (PhD Candidate), Hasan Kettaneh (PhD Candidate)

This team is working on co-creating a tech platform to address the skills gap by utilizing global expertise to meet local needs through connecting people for education and professional development.