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DDQIC 2020 Pitch Competition and Startup Showcase

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· Stage
Introductions and welcome notes from the DDQIC and some esteemed special guest speakers!
Bryan Paterson Gregory Bavington Ian Arthur James McLellan
2020-08-20T16:00:00Z 2020-08-20T16:20:00Z America/New_York Introductions Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Expo
Startup Showcase - 2 Minute Pitches
Come watch summary pitches from this year's finalists, as well as all the other QICSI, SpreadInnovation Challenge, and Kingston Community ventures!
2020-08-20T16:15:00Z 2020-08-20T18:00:00Z America/New_York Startup+Showcase+-+2+Minute+Pitches Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Sessions
Startup Showcase - Live Chats
Chat live and ask questions to this year's finalists, as well as all the participating QICSI, SpreadInnovation Challenge and Kingston Community Ventures!
2020-08-20T16:15:00Z 2020-08-20T17:40:00Z America/New_York Startup+Showcase+-+Live+Chats Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Stage
Vote for the Wisdom of the Market Award
Cast your vote for which team should win the Wisdom of the Market Award and some extra seed funding!
2020-08-20T17:10:00Z 2020-08-20T17:30:00Z America/New_York Vote+for+the+Wisdom+of+the+Market+Award Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Stage
The Results!
Come hear the judges announce which of the finalists have won money for their ventures!
Gregory Bavington James McLellan
2020-08-20T17:40:00Z 2020-08-20T18:00:00Z America/New_York The+Results%21 Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)


Bryan Paterson

Mayor of Kingston, Ontario

Gregory Bavington

Executive Director @ DDQIC

Ian Arthur

MPP, Kingston and the Islands

James McLellan

Academic Director @ DDQIC

The event is over

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Dunin-Deshpande Queen's Innovation Centre (DDQIC)

DDQIC enables and supports innovation of students, entrepreneurs, and Canadian companies with incubators, courses, internships, competitions and more.



BinoBooks is a customizable literacy platform that helps parents teach hard-to-explain topics (like COVID-19) to their children from pre-K to grade 2.

Youth Transit Project (Finalist)

The Youth Transit Project is a social enterprise that uses learning from Kingston's successful youth transit programming to help build long-term transit ridership across mid-sized North American communities.

Diveri (Finalist)

Diveri is a sustainable enterprise that diverts pre-consumer textiles from landfill by transforming them into fashionable, reusable face masks and accessories.

Swivel (Finalist)

Swivel is a platform connecting students and startups across Canada over virtual coffee chats. Our mission is to facilitate conversations between these two groups to unlock career opportunities.

Promovere (Finalist)

Promovere is a career success platform that aims to increase employee engagement, retention, and growth through personalized career pathing, microlearning, and mentorship.

Afino (Finalist)

Built for remote and hybrid teams, Afino provides managers with the tools and insights needed to build a strong culture that keeps employees engaged and connected.

Waive the Wait (Finalist)

Waive the Wait provides software solutions that help better the patient experience at medical institutions all the while increasing efficiencies and reducing work for their receptionists.

PoliTraQ (Finalist)

PoliTraQ helps government relations professionals manage their advocacy data - so they can spend less time on reporting and compliance, and more time engaging with stakeholders.

Soap For 237 (Finalist)

Soapfor237 is a non-profit utilizing soap distribution as a vehicle to convey reliable Covid-19 information in Cameroonian neighbourhoods by leveraging on existing relationships with community leaders.

MyCareBuddy (Finalist)

Mycarebuddy is an online platform that provides mental health care and consultation to individuals, with the alternative of more flexible language choices, via a web application.

ISOVID (Finalist)

Isovid is a portable, disposable, negative-pressure patient isolation unit designed for EMS to contain and mitigate the effects of the virus.

Safai (Finalist)

Safai is an online web and app based platform that aims to educate and connect users to reliable information about improved precautionary measures implemented by businesses. (Finalist)

Drones can not only save lives through the data they collect but can also save business’ money. Hover created a UAV eLearning platform, teaching pilots how to pass the difficult licensing tests.

Mommie and Me

Mommie and Me is a virtual care platform designed to empower pregnant patients to access care virtually and aid healthcare providers to virtually capture perinatal signs.

Health Hangouts

Health Hangouts is a platform focused on improving senior issues surrounding all aspects of wellness, and senior security through virtually run sessions.


Leadogo constructs high-performing and socially engaged teams of retirees. We are a platform connecting these teams of retirees to socially-driven SMEs who need expertise.


Thimble is an online tailoring service introducing convenience in an outdated service model, and is addressing a personal fashion crisis in the fashion and retail industry.


EnviroBuddy is a utilities app that encourages household owners to reduce electricity consumption to earn rewards from Local Kingston Businesses.

Wealth by 30

Wealth By 30 is a financial literacy and planning platform that helps young adults understand the importance of personal finance and develop a financial plan by providing tailored personalized financial advice.


FACE 2 FACE is a not-for-profit virtual program connecting immunocompromised children inpatients with student volunteers. The volunteers are equipped to provide a fun, safe and interactive experience.

Move & Restore

Move & Restore is bringing physiotherapy clinics online through a web repository of exercises and the ability to check in with your patients using our live chat and journal feature.


Encor consolidates social media handles all into one link, giving our users impact by elevating their digital presence. We focus in simplicity and core features.

Sunshine Connected

Due to COVID-19 seniors are particularity isolated and may be more isolated than the average person for months to come. Isolation is proven to negatively affect mental and physical health.

Youth Connect

Youth Connect is a project that aims to help youth who age out of care. We believe that technology can play a key role in addressing educational, economic, and social inequalities experienced by youth.


WeCare is a proactive mental health platform that offers numerous services to a diverse community of peers. We want to inspire peer connection, compassion, belonging, and growth through an interactive network.

Kingston Student Switchboard

We are an online resource hub that showcases Kingston businesses & non-profits directly to students, designed for students. We show them how to support local & provide businesses a channel reach them!

EnTherpy Solutions

EnTherapy is set out to reduce overheating in sports and fitness with a thermoelectric wrist based cooling device. Our technology is unobtrusive and perfect for everyday use