QICSI 2016 Pitch Competition
On Thursday, August 18, this year’s cohort of the Queen’s Innovation Connector Summer Initiative (QICSI) made their final pitches to a panel of judges at the Isabel Bader Center for the Performing Arts for the chance to win up to $30,000. The Queen’s University and St. Lawrence College students had been working hard all summer long on businesses they had dreamed up only this past spring and August 18 was their chance to show off the progress they had made and convince the panel that they were deserving of the cash prizes which would allow them to continue to grow their businesses. Eight companies presented in total and four of them walked away with cheques in hand.
The grand prize winners, taking home $30,000, are a group called RockMass Technologies who are looking to commercialize a handheld device which will improve the efficiency as well as the safety of mining operations.
Two other groups were awarded $20,000 each. The first is called Tandem Therapy, who have developed a platform that will allow therapists to maintain a closer relationship with their patients in order to improve the effectiveness of psychological therapy. The second is a team called NorthSprout, who have created a gel that can be tilled into farmer’s soil that will absorb water and release it as needed in order to mitigate the effects of drought and reduce the cost of watering crops.
Finally, Paperweight Technologies received $10,000 for their simplified take on the home printer which promises to take the hassle out of the basic functions one expects from their printer, like wireless connectivity and scanning. Their product allows you to simply use your smartphone to scan.
Congratulations to all of the winners and best of luck to all of the businesses going forward!