Queen's Innovation Centre

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

Meet the Winning Teams of the Winter Regional Pitch Competition

Learn about the Queen's and Kingston community ventures that won funding to take their ideas to the next level.

Sean Monteiro and Francisco Virga, Founders of Bounce Inc

Bounce Inc. co-founders Sean Monteiro and Francesco Virga won the top prize of $5000.

The Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre awarded 6 teams in the Winter Regional Pitch Competition. March 13th and 14th, 2019, Queen’s University students and members of the Kingston community pitched their early-stage start-ups to a panel of judges from DDQIC’s Global mentor Network and the Deshpande Foundation India.

Top Prize Winners

Bounce Inc. took home one of the top prizes of $5000 for their event-hosting platform that allows you to collect payments with friends and avoid dealing with cash. Sean Monteiro and Francesco Virga co-founded Bounce while studying at Queen’s and have grown the company to 7 people, while piloting their platform in the Queen’s and Kingston communities.

Tiber took home another top prize of $5000 for their completely online platform intended to provide high school students the necessary resources to adequately learn basic financial literacy and entrepreneurship through skill-testing games and video modules. The Tiber team formed out of the Enactus chapter at Queen’s and includes current students Hannah Gray, Christian Soriano, Sophie Campbell, and Iulia Iancu.

Tiber team, Sophie Campbell, Christian Soriano, and Hannah Gray

Tiber team photo at the Enactus Regionals March 7-8 in Mississauga.

Other Notable Prize Winners

aiSight - $4000

aiSight is developing people-counting software powered by machine vision. It provides businesses and municipalities with live feedback on event attendance, customer visits, queue lineups and more.

Thrive - $3500

Thrive is a social impact venture that aims to make feminine hygiene products accessible to all women.

Leash Technologies - $3000

Leash is an accessory that knows exactly when your phone or personal belongings are being left behind versus stolen, and alerts you accordingly.

QuickER - $2000

QuickER aims to provide up-to-the-minute wait time information for patients in hospital emergency rooms and clinics by harnessing the power of machine learning.

Tune n Tone - $1000

This venture founded in Kingston community is bringing to market an easy-to-use and low-impact exercise device that allows seniors to strengthen their arms, legs, and core while remaining seated.