Queen's Innovation Centre

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

Queen's Innovation Centre Summer Initiative 2017

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The Fitra team presents at the 2017 Dunin-Deshpande Summer Pitch Competition (Supplied photo: James McLellan).

The 2017 DDQIC Summer Initiative Recap:

After 15 weeks of hard work, eight teams from the Queen’s Innovation Centre Summer Initiative (QICSI) competed alongside four 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 Esther Jiang (CEO, Gryllies), Emily Koolen (Coach and Consultant, E Koolen Consulting), Jamey Fitzgibbon (Executive Vice President, Engineering & Construction, BluEarth Renewables Inc.) and Joe Quarin (Entrepreneur, Former CEO of Progressive Waste.

Results of the 2017 QICSI Pitch Competition:

Congratulations to the entire 2017 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:

Fitra | $30,000 winners
Dream Again | $15,000 winners
Spectra Plasmonics | $15,000 winners
Your Mobility Innovations | $15,000 winners
Focus Forward For Indigenous Youth | $10,000 winners
Ozira Foods | $10,000 winners
Timber Wolf Cycles | $10,000 winners
Whisk | $10,000 winners


The QICSI 2017 Ventures

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Dream Again produces custom-fitted masks for CPAP therapy, the leading treatment for sleep apnea. The problem with CPAP therapy is that everyone's face is unique, while masks are only available in generic sizes. Discomfort and leakage due to poor mask fit has led to a 50% compliance rate with CPAP therapy, resulting in a number of severe health consequences. Our custom mask is fitted perfectly to a patient's unique facial structure, eliminating leakage and significantly reducing discomfort. 

Focus Forward for Indigenous Youth’s mission is to improve the quality of life in Indigenous communities by empowering youth through opportunities that will develop employable skills and greater self-confidence. In collaboration with these communities, Focus Forward for Indigenous Youth develops educational programs which will enable youth to improve their own living conditions and develop a greater understanding of land-based living. As facilitators, we create a design, source materials, and acquire funding to make the projects into a reality. Our vision is to scale this program across Canada, empowering youth with the tools they need to succeed while helping their communities thrive. Whether it’s building a greenhouse, a tiny home or something completely unique. The possibilities are endless to create a prosperous and sustainable future for all. 


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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. 
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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. 
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Mero Technologies is a cloud-based technology startup delivering insights on washroom supply levels to cleaners and property managers. The platform enables its customers to ensure facilities are always kept clean, cleaning staff are properly managed, and that buildings uphold their commitment to sustainable environmental practices. Mero’s product not only saves building managers' money, but also ensures a building's dispensers are always functioning as they should be: with fully stocked supplies. 

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

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.

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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.

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TimberWolf Cycles integrates performance cycling and history's most tested material: wood. Producing high-performance road bikes from this natural material yields aesthetic and technical elegance. The unique properties of a variety of woods soften road vibration while efficiently delivering power to the road through an exceptionally light weight and beautiful frame. 

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Whisk is creating a better restaurant experience. By offering a mobile payment platform, no longer will customers have to wait for the bill. Users can easily access deals, split items amongst friends, and pay right from their phones. Restaurants will benefit from quicker turnover, greater customer insight, and happier patrons. By seamlessly integrating with existing restaurant systems, there are no capital or training costs to worry about. It’s time to start dining and dashing…legally. 

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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.