The Big Picture

Between the Tent Village, inspirational keynotes, curated Premium Fests and mulitple parties, Startupfest is a jam-packed five day event. This is a general overview of what Startupfest looks like, and what’s happening when, so you can start planning your stay in Montreal! All Startupfest passes give you access to EVERYTHING starting Wednesday July 11th at 1PM, with the opening of the Version Francaise stage, followed by the Official Kick Off Party, until Saturday July 14th at midnight.




JULY 12 & 13, AS OF NOON

The Tent Village is 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. The Tent Village puts you in the same physical space, with all of the people you want to meet.


JULY 12 & 13, 10AM-12:30PM

The Keynote stage is the home of leadership and luminaries. The only open stage on Thursday and Friday mornings, it brings together world class entrepreneurs, investors and pioneers to share their stories of inspiration.


JULY 11-13, 1PM-5PM

No longer considered a Premium Fest, so that all can enjoy. A stage entirely dedicated to the global francophone tech community. The best of Startupfest; world class speakers, hard-hitting lessons, onstage pitch competition, and more, presented in French.


JULY 12-13, 1:30PM-5PM

Great startups stand on the shoulders of giants. On the “How-To” stage, you’ll learn smart shortcuts, powerful tactics, and how to avoid common pitfalls in marketing, fundraising, development, staffing, and more. Each year, we bring experts from around the world to teach can’t miss masterclasses on every aspect of startup growth.


JULY 12-13, 1:30PM-5PM

Where’s the world headed? Startups thrive on what’s new, seeking advantage in emerging business models, revolutionary technology, and disruptive shifts in markets. On the “Future-Of” stage, we look into some of the hottest future trends, asking how they’ll change business, society, and even humanity.


JULY 12-13, 1:30PM-5PM

The “Interactive” stage offers unscripted, candid discussions with experts in every aspect of entrepreneurship. Part interview, part Ask Me Anything, it’s a chance to go one-to-one with some of the startup world’s smartest minds and deepest thinkers.



JULY 11, 10AM-5PM

ScaleupFest is an exclusive gathering for founders past the initial seed round, growing a foundational team and ready to take everything to the next level. ScaleupFest will illuminate what is often unaddressed – candid war stories, hard advice, the science and art of startup growth and more. *ScaleupFest is an invitation ONLY event.


JULY 12-14, 1:30PM-5PM

Presented by Element AI, AI Fest explores the future of AI and its impact on society and business. Held in Montreal, the AI hub of Canada, the event brings together the brightest minds from the startup and AI worlds to share perspectives on artificial intelligence trends, predictions and issues. July 14th will be the “Unconference” portion of AIFest – open to a wider audience.


JULY 11, 10AM-5PM

AcceleratorFest is a specialized event, designed for those who run accelerators – the directors, program managers and community managers who drive acceleration programs across the globe.


JULY 10, 10AM-5PM

In collaboration with HelloMD – CannabisFest is an exclusive one-day gathering of North America’s newest class of risk-takers – the cannabis entrepreneur. This event will bring together visionaries and canna-hackers alike, to learn, connect and uncover how cannabis entrepreneurs are shaping legalized marketplaces. Serious opportunities will be created in this new multi-billion dollar market.


JULY 11, 10AM-5PM

In collaboration with TandemLaunch – SciFest is a groundbreaking new one-day event revealing the synergy between research, technology innovation in academia and startups. It’s a full day conversation on the role of university research, Intellectual Property, technology transfer and the critical place of entrepreneurs in the equation. It brings together citizens, professors, students, technologists, founders, VCs and innovative thinkers from around the world.


JULY 10, 10AM-5PM

In collaboration with Catallaxy – CryptoFest will bring together major industry players, and some hugely successful businesses, to show the world the exponential growth we can expect from this new form of money. It is a day dedicated to uncovering the signal in the noise that is Crypto: best practices, emerging tech, opportunities for innovation, ICO’s, investing, mining, and so much more.



JULY 14, 10AM-5PM

Startupfest’s Open House Day is back- and we’re keeping things simple. Our spectacular venue will be open to the general public! We’re taking this opportunity to stock it full of outstanding startups. If this is your target demographic, or maybe you just want some feedback- this is the place for you. Demo Tables for purchase on the Open House Day, coming soon!


JULY 13-14, 5PM-5PM

HackerFest is a 24-hour, outdoor, multi-topic, innovation marathon for developers, designers, inventors and all-around creators. Hack from a hammock on the Montreal waterfront this summer.


JULY 14, 10AM-5PM

Artfest is an exclusive one-day gathering of new-media artists. This event will bring together the startup mentality and processes to the art and cultural world.