The Tent Village

It takes a village…

At Startupfest, the Tent Village is one of the most unique, and attractive aspects of the entire event. Our goal is to create an environment that encourages people to look away from their screens, and make real-time connections. We have over 30 tents, ranging from themed sectors, to demo spaces, pitch competitions and geographic divisions. There is no substitute for face to face interaction, and our Tent Village facilitates this by, putting you in the same physical space, with all of the people you want to meet. Unlike other events, where you’ll see a speaker onstage and then whisked away to catch their flight, you can catch ours hanging out in the Tent Village, perhaps with a beer in hand, happy to talk and available for you to connect with. The Tent Village provides attendees with an unbeatable networking opportunity we promise you haven’t experienced anywhere else.

2018 tents!

$100k Prize

Champion: Startupfest

A group of angel investors have come together to create a $100k Investment prize, in the form of a convertible note. You’ve got until end of day Thursday to impress one of these judges- identified by a blue lanyard or found in their tent- if you’re shortlisted, you’ll be contacted Thursday evening and invited to a private breakfast Friday morning. Winner will be announced onstage Friday afternoon!

Elevate your Ideas

Champion: National Bank

Come unwind in the National Bank Lounge, where you can meet with prestigious partners like Opério and Lexstart, network, gain advice from National Bank experts, and potentially get financing for your business idea from reputable investors.

Grandmother Judges

Champion: Startupfest

Our Illustrious Grandmother Judges are back. You have Thursday, and Friday afternoon to pitch to them in their tent, and vie for the title of Grandmother’s Choice. (In case you didn’t know, analytics startup Onavo was a previous winner, and months later went on to be acquired by Facebook for $250 million. You want to win this one).

Ecosystem Partners

Champion: Videotron

At the heart of the growth of Quebec’s startup ecosystem. Meet the leaders from Notman House and founders who will be sharing their stories and insights. Moreover, Videotron’s Big Data function officers will be here to meet you and hear your startup projects.

BDC Lounge

Champion: BDC Capital

Are you looking for a spot to meet with existing partners or new contacts? The BDC lounge offers a laid back and refreshing environment to cool down in the fresh air or hold your business meetups. Don’t miss the Popsicle break from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on July 12!


Champion: Element AI

New to AI or already an active contributor in the field? There’s something for everyone at the AI Tent! We’re excited to exchange ideas, create new interactions, nurture existing connections and challenge the current state of the tech world with you.

Maple Leaf Lounge

Champion: Air Canada

Coming soon!


Champion: Co.Labs

Saskatchewan’s tech community is unique and directly reflects our culture: gritty, hustlers, and the kind of people you’d want to be stranded on an island with (we make a killer margarita).


Champion: Espace-inc

Plusieurs entrepreneurs et acteurs de l’écosystème entrepreneurial de Sherbrooke et de l’Estrie seront présents à la tente “Sherbrooke / Cantons-de-l’Est”. Au plaisir de vous y rencontrer.

Impact Startups

Champion: Mtl NewTech and QI

How is my startup positively impacting society ? If you have the answer, come and pitch your ideas at our contest and get a chance to win up to 5000$! You will also have the opportunity to meet key social impact players such as Coopérathon and la Maison de l’innovation sociale on friday. On Thursday, discover the technological opportunities that are waiting to be developed and meet teams from Aligo Innovation and Univalor who are offering financial grants to develop these technologies.


Champion: Office franco-québécois pour la jeunesse

Espace de promotion de la créativité et de l’innovation française par des jeunes créateurs de start’ups de l’Hexagone #cocorico


Champion: Startup Calgary

Connect with the people who make Calgary’s entrepreneurial ecosystem so vibrant! Meet the founders of Calgary’s top startups, investors, advisors and community members – over pancakes and beer! Want to experience what Calgary has to offer? Enter a draw to win free airfare and accommodation for 2. Follow the hashtag #startupyyc throughout the festival for updates

Media Pitch

Champion: CBC Montreal

You’ve got 1 minute to make your best impression on CBC journalists. The top media pitcher to get our attention will be featured on CBC Montreal. Plus CBC journalists will be on hand to give practical advice on pitching ideas, standing out from the flood of press releases and shaping your story so that it captures the imagination of producers and audiences. For more information go to THIS PRIZE IS OPEN THURSDAY AND FRIDAY AFTERNOON.

Accelerator Zone

Champion: Startupfest

Come meet some of Canada’s leading technology Accelerators and Incubators, and see what they’re looking for in 2018. Next36, NextAI, Diagram Ventures, Creative Destruction Lab and more are hosting prizes here. Read about them here.

Startups that matter

Champion: Montréal inc

Discover Montreal Startups who are developing new business models by optimizing the use of technology. They are able to anticipate markets and challenge existing ways of doing in order to create new spending habits that fit with their own value.

Ecosystem Support

Champion: Startupfest

Here you’ll find a variety of organizations offering programs for entrepreneurs in the community. From gov’t programs, to hosting services, we’re here to help.


Champion: Highline Beta

Come see some of the best of what Toronto has to offer. Some of the city’s top startups will show off what they’re working on, while Toronto tech leaders will host conversations about taking your startup to the next level. Stay tuned for the full schedule.


Champion: Finance Montreal

Montreal’s FinTech ecosystem in a tent! Come meet Finance Montréal’s FinTech Station team and the start-ups disrupting the city. Whether you want to talk about payments, AI or insurtech, you’re in the right place.

Corporate Fast Track

Champion: Highline Beta

Done right, startup/corporate collaborations can drive outcomes for both the startup and the enterprise. But “done right” is hard to do.
Join us in the Fast Track tent to connect with key executives from global companies, and to learn more about how to best approach corporate collaborations.


Champion: Startupfest

In this tent, you’ll find a variety of startups showcasing what they’re working on.

Hong Kong

Champion: HKSTP

Meet a delegation of Hong Kong’s finest startups, represented by Hong Kong Science and Technology Park!

Ville de Montréal

Champion: Ville de Montréal

Montréal, city of start-ups and innovation: Meet us at the City of Montréal’s booth!
Immerse yourself in the entrepreneurial spirit that animates our City through an inspiring program! Entrepreneurs’ testimonials, workshops and activities to transform the City of tomorrow will be showcased, in collaboration with PME MTL, École des entrepreneurs and many others.

CIO + Mentor Lounge

Champion: Startupfest

Come meet with CIOs from some of the biggest companies in Canada, speakers from our stages, and industry leaders and legends for open office hours. Stay tuned for the schedule!

Quebec City

Champion: Le CAMP

Innovation! Créativité! Ambition! Découvrez les entrepreneurs qui propulsent la communauté de startups émergentes de la Ville de Québec.


Champion: BCF

Do you have questions concerning the protection of your intellectual property and marketing challenges related to the growth of your startup? Come meet BCF’s specialists who support startups with all legal aspects surrounding funding, marketing, intellectual property and growth. Visit us to test your ideas and you could win 20 hours of strategic consulting within our exclusive program Imagine!

Entreprises Québec

Champion: Gouvernement du Québec

Le gouvernement du Québec simplifie l’accès aux services gouvernementaux pour les
entrepreneurs avec Entreprises Québec. Découvrez les ressources et les outils à votre
disposition en visitant la tente gouvernementale.

En savoir plus

Champion: Montreal International

You’re an international start-up and you’re interested in coming back to Montreal for more?

Come pitch your idea or start-up to the team at the tent to have the opportunity to live and work in Montreal for a week.

If you’re the lucky entrepreneur we choose, you’ll win a 5-night stay in Montreal, a spot in a coworking space for the week, and an agenda tailored to your needs.

Come see us for more details.


Champion: Startup Fredericton

Come meet Atlantic Canada’s leading centres of incubation and acceleration, hear what they have on the go for 2018, and maybe even snag some awesome Atlantic Canadian swag!

Startup World Championships

Champion: Startupfest

Coming soon!