Queen's Innovation Centre

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

Everything You Need to Know to Participate and Vote on August 23rd

Tune into the livestream NOW on our Facebook page or Youtube Channel.

20 budding startups and non-profits will pitch for a piece of up to $100,000 in seed funding to take their ideas to the next level

Wednesday, August 8th, 2018 | By Danielle Baxter

The Schedule

August 23rd at The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts

11:30am – 12:00pm Venue doors open
12:00pm – 12:15pm Opening remarks from DDQIC, Provost and Mayor
12:15pm – 2:45pm First half of pitches (7-min Pitch, 6-min Q&A, 2 min transition)

2:45pm – 3:15pm Intermission
3:15pm – 5:45pm Second half of pitches
6:00pm – 7:00pm Judges’ deliberation
7:00pm – 7:30pm Announcement of winners
6:00pm – 8:30pm Reception (light refreshments will be served, cash bar)

How to vote 

The competition will be streamed live on our Facebook page and on our Youtube channel.

  1. Find out more about the startups and non-profits participating in the Dunin-Deshpande Summer Pitch Competition below.
  2. Watch the livestream on August 23rd.
  3. Tweet @DDQIC with the hashtags #'TeamName' and #DDPitchComp so that your vote can be counted!

Attending In-Person

1) Location Location Location

The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts is located at 390 King Street West Kingston, ON K7L 2X4

2) Parking

3) Tickets

To attend the FREE event in person: RSVP to innovation.centre@queensu.ca to save your seat. The remaining seats will be available at the door on the day of the event on a first come first served basis.

The 2018 Summer Pitch Competitors  

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. Use #Acoutera to vote on Twitter.

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. Use #theuCan to vote on Twitter.

AquaSwift is a water analytics company focused on providing water organizations and rural homeowners an effective way to track and monitor their water levels.  Use #AquaSwift to vote on Twitter.

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.  Use #BizSkills to vote on Twitter.

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.  Use #CCSC to vote on Twitter.

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

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.  Use #CTRLGate to vote on Twitter.

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.  Use #Durabyte to vote on Twitter.

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.  Use #EmulGreen to vote on Twitter.

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

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.  Use #FFFIY to vote on Twitter.

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.  Use #Illumirate to vote on Twitter.

InField ID is developing technology for agronomists to easily identify plant pests and invasive species using Artificial Intelligence.  Use #InFieldID to vote on Twitter.

MIR Platforms is providing drone technology to inspection service providers to perform inspections that involve physical contact with hard-to-reach infrastructure.  Use #MIRPlatforms to vote on Twitter.

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. Use #PaymentSolCon to vote on Twitter. 

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.  Use #Re to vote on Twitter.

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.  Use #ResearchStream to vote on Twitter.

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.  Use #SWIM to vote on Twitter.

Tripwire is an upcoming cloak and dagger collectible trading card game.  Use #Tripwire to vote on Twitter.

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.  Use #UnicityStudios to vote on Twitter.