Our History

  • 2014

    The Founding

    QTMA is founded by Justin Herlick and Aleko Kiriakou to bridge the gap between Queen’s University and the broader tech industry. Initially only a Commerce club, QTMA primarily focused on researching and analyzing key market trends.

  • 2015 - 2016

    Club Expansion

    QTMA expands its presence by launching Insights – a yearly research pitch competition amongst internal members – and Byte Size – the club’s weekly tech newsletters. The club becomes accessible to Engineering and Computer Science students. In addition, Project Tädistö is rolled out as an initiative for internal technical teams of three to develop apps.

  • 2017 - 2018

    Public Facing Initiatives

    To reach a wider audience, QTMA partners with Queen’s clubs, including the Queen’s Startup Summit (QSS) and Queen’s Entrepreneurs Competition (QEC), as well as companies such as Shopify, IBM, Microsoft, Hitachi, Deloitte, and Trend Micro. Additional initiatives are launched including tech recruiting panels and a fintech hackathon.

  • 2019 - Present

    Incubator Introduction

    QTMA’s research and product development arms are consolidated and the club is restructured into a year-long student incubator program. Now, four multi disciplinary product teams of eight compete to build and launch the overall best software apps. QTMA also unveils a technical summer bootcamp, mentorship program, weekly workshop program, and alumni database. Partnerships are formed with the Dunin Deshpande Queen's Innovation Centre (DDQIC), Front Row Ventures (FRV), and Queen’s AI Hub (QMIND).