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It may be time to cash in those Bitcoins you’ve been hoarding

Get a guaranteed 40% return today by purchasing a Startupfest ticket with your bitcoins.

The International Startup Festival is the first Canadian conference and festival to accept Bitcoin as a form of payment (as far as we can tell). The crypto-currency’s acceptance has continued to grow beyond the shady Internet underworld, and the quick rise in popularity has driven the value of bitcoin up at a breakneck rate.

While it is true that the value of bitcoin has proven to be more volatile than that of gold and most world currencies – we’re willing to gamble that the value will be going up between now, and Startupfest in July.

We’re bullish on Bitcoin, and for a limited time we are offering a 40% discount on tickets purchased with the digital currency.

Bitcoin is a peer-to-peer payment system and digital currency introduced as open source software in 2009 by pseudonymous developer Satoshi Nakamoto. It is a cryptocurrency, so-called because it uses cryptography to control the creation and transfer of money. (Wikipedia)

Maybe Bitcoin is a fad, maybe it’s changing the world, either way- we’re happy to try it out.

Some of the largest companies in the US, like Amazon.com are looking to accept Bitcoin, the favorite currency of techies and libertarians alike. At one time Bitcoin was reserved for the digital underworld , but today it is poised to quite possibly become the new international standard.

At Startupfest, everything we do is a little sideways and fun. We’ve already got our beautiful outdoor venue, renowned Grandmother Judges, and elevator pitches…in actual elevators. We always strive to stay ahead of the curve and do things that are super relevant, accepting the latest crypto-currency is a no brainer for us. In classic Startupfest style, we have chosen to partner with local Startup Bitcredits.io for payment processing.

Register now, pay with bitcoin, save on the cost of Startupfest and we’ll see you July 9-12, 2014 for an even bigger, better, International Startup Festival.

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