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 22nd

Tune into the livestream on our Facebook page or Youtube Channel - the pitch is live now!

16 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

The Schedule

August 22nd at the Mitchell Hall Atrium on Queen's University Campus

2:15pm Venue doors open
2:45pm Opening remarks
3:00pm InHabit Co-Living
3:15pm Wyndo
3:30pm Research Stream
3:45m LifeLuxe
4:00pm Cromble
4:15pm QueryFox
4:30pm Doppl
4:45pm Red Gold of Afghanistan
5:00pm Intermission
5:30pm Big Spoon Lil' Spoon
5:45pm NetZero
6:00pm Nufuuds
6:15pm Backr
6:30pm Lifted
6:45pm HeroHub
7:00pm Judges’ deliberation
7:30pm Announcement of winners
7:00-8:00pm Reception (light refreshments will be served)

Wisdom of the Market - 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 22nd or attend the event in person.
  3. During the pitch competition, instructions will be provided on how to vote. In order to vote, you will need access to a cell phone. The teams will be numbered and participants can text the number of the team they wish to vote for to the phone number provided on the day of the pitch competition. Canadian phone numbers will not be charged for text votes.

Attending In-Person

1) Location Location Location

The Mitchell Hall Atrium is located at 69 Union Street West Kingston, ON K7L 2N9 on Queen's University Campus.

2) Parking

  • Paid underground parking for visitors to the main campus of Queen's University is available in the parking garage located at the corner of University Avenue and Stuart Street (enter form Stuart Street) as well as the Queen’s Centre parking garage (enter from Division Street).
  • On Street pay-and-display parking areas are available as well. On main campus, there are designated spots in the Tindall Field surface lot. The City of Kingston is in charge of, and enforces, metered pay-and-display parking along many streets in the area (e.g., parts of Union Street — including directly in front of Gordon Hall, Alfred Street, Clergy Street, Stuart Street and more).
  • Free parking is also available along some city streets (with time restrictions). Use of permit parking spaces is also allowed after designated hours.


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 2019 Summer Pitch Competitors  

Red Gold of Afghanistan is helping female farmers in Afghanistan achieve financial independence by building their capacity in saffron cultivation and connecting them to global markets.

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. 

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. 

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

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. 

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 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. 

LifeLuxe helps retirement communities deliver exceptional wellness programming by improving efficiency, recreation planning, and event management with a one-stop shop web platform. 

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. 

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. 

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 nutrient dense and sustainable.

QueryFox is a user-friendly software that gives municipalities unprecedented control over managing resident issues, assigning tasks, sharing knowledge, defining trends and creating metrics for budgeting and benchmarking.

Research Stream is a digital platform that connects researchers and participants for human subject research. 

Wyndo is an AI-powered assistant that takes the guesswork out of insurance by simplifying the most sophisticated insights and allowing users to save money.