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.
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.
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 $250 million. You want to win this one).
At the heart of the growth of Quebec’s startup ecosystem. Meet the leaders from Notman House and founders who will be sharing their stories and insights. Moreover, Videotron’s Big Data function officers will be here to meet you and hear your startup projects.
Champion: BDC Capital
Are you looking for a spot to meet with existing partners or new contacts? The BDC lounge offers a laid back and refreshing environment to cool down in the fresh air or hold your business meetups. Don’t miss the Popsicle break from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on July 12!
Champion: Element AI
New to AI or already an active contributor in the field? There’s something for everyone at the AI Tent! We’re excited to exchange ideas, create new interactions, nurture existing connections and challenge the current state of the tech world with you.
Maple Leaf Lounge
Champion: Air Canada
Saskatchewan’s tech community is unique and directly reflects our culture: gritty, hustlers, and the kind of people you’d want to be stranded on an island with (we make a killer margarita).
Plusieurs entrepreneurs et acteurs de l’écosystème entrepreneurial de Sherbrooke et de l’Estrie seront présents à la tente “Sherbrooke / Cantons-de-l’Est”. Au plaisir de vous y rencontrer.
Champion: Mtl NewTech and QI
How is my startup positively impacting society ? If you have the answer, come and pitch your ideas at our contest and get a chance to win up to 5000$! 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
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 cbc.ca/montreal. THIS PRIZE IS OPEN THURSDAY AND FRIDAY AFTERNOON.
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.
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.
In this tent, you’ll find a variety of startups showcasing what they’re working on.
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
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!
Champion: Le CAMP
Innovation! Créativité! Ambition! Découvrez les entrepreneurs qui propulsent la communauté de startups émergentes de la Ville de Québec.
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!
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.
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 startupmontreal.io 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