Artists are changemakers and rulebreakers just like Startups.

For its’ first edition, ArtupFest, a FREE EVENT, aims to support 101 young artists and creatives in exploring the infinite possibilities of what can positively change our world – in a way that no one else dares to imagine.

ArtupFest is a gathering for artists, designers, creative innovators, technologists, and the curious on-lookers that bridges the worlds of startups and artists in order to contribute to a better future. Learn to pitch, exhibit your work, meet like-minded visionaries, join a hackathon and even be eligible to win a prize. An invite-only event for 101 emerging creatives whose work will impact our tomorrows.

What you can expect

Learn to articulate your vision and get your art out there!

Learn how technology is changing the artists’ landscape

Get the chance to pitch for $10,000 and free exhibition space with ‘Never Apart’

The Prize

The ArtupFest Prize aims to reveal and promote talented creatives who have yet to establish a profile on the art and culture scene. The entry is by nomination only and will be decided by a juried panel. The ArtupFest prize serves to support a new project or further develop an existing project through a prize of $10,000, and an upcoming seasonal exhibition of 3 months at Centre Never Apart in one of their galleries with promotion of the exhibit on their website, printed program and on-line magazine.

PRIZE CRITERIA: Open to professional artists and creatives in any field that dare to imagine a perfect union of art and tech that will be accessible to a wide public. The prize is open to all artists, with no limits on age, nationality or place of residence.

– Must receive an invitation to attend
– Work that is plugged-in, computer driven or interactive
– Project that is open, accessible and inclusive

Speakers and Judges

  • Dax Dasilva

    Founder & CEO, Lightspeed, Founder, Never Apart


    Clarence Epstein

    Executive Director, Claudine et Stephen Bronfman Family Foundation


  • Philip Hazan

    Architect, Philip Hazan Design


    Andy Nulman

    Founder, Play The Future


  • Anna Goodson

    President and Founder, Anna Goodson Illustration Agency


    Nadine St. Louis

    Executive Director, Sacred Fire Productions


  • David Usher

    Founder, Reimagine AI


    Rebecca Duclos

    Dean of the Faculty, Fine Arts at Concordia University


  • Louis-Richard Tremblay

    Productor, ONF


    Myriam Achard

    Directrice des relations publiques et communications, Centre Phi


  • Alain Thibault

    Directeur artistique, Festival ELEKTRA


    Ashley Werhun

    CEO & co-founder,


  • Catherine Orer

    Business + PR Strategist for Artists and Creative Entrepreneurs, Founder of The Artist Entrepreneur



    Katherine Macnaughton

    COO & co-founder,



  • Conor Sampson

    Architect & Lighting Designer, CS Design


    Meg Athavale

    CEO, Lumo Interactive


  • Dominique Toutant

    Director, Galerie Division


    Daniel Iregui

    New Media Artist & Designer, Iregular


  • Marc Beaudet

    President, Turbulent


    Alex Cammarano

    Founder & CEO, Daylighted


  • Émilie Boudrias

    Co-general Director and Director of Development, Oboro


Like all art, our schedule is a work in progress.

This is a preliminary breakdown of the activities and events of ArtupFest. More details to come.

July 10th: Educational Programming

101 artists are invited to learn how to articulate their vision, how technology is changing the artists’ landscaps and how to get your art noticed. Perfect your pitch and get inspired! REQUEST AN INVITATION


July 13th: Pitch for $10K

10 projects will vie for the $10K Prize. The prize will be available to pre-selected artists, and 1-2 additional artists, who will be selected during the Educational Programming day. REQUEST AN INVITATION to attend ArtupFest for your chance at being selected to pitch for the $10K Prize.


July 14th: HackerFest

Open to the general public, all are welcome to participate in HackerFest. Observe from the side lines or join in and interact with these master problem-solvers.

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