We’re moving towards a cashless system at the Festival, and so this year we’re introducing something new.
Food Trucks accept coupons, cards, and/or cash. Softdrinks will be 1 coupon, beer/wine will be 2 coupons and spirits are 3 coupons.
On Wednesday evening, as well as Thursday and Friday lunch, we will have a selection of Montreal’s newly-reborn gourmet food trucks. FreshMint will also be there offering artisanal recipes ran on a “pay what you can” basis. We provide complimentary breakfast on both Thursday and Friday mornings, which will be served in our Lounge Tent from 9:00am to 10:00am.
CONNECTIVITY AND TECHNOLOGIES
What would a technology event be without internet connectivity? Here’s what you need to know:
There will be wi-fi access throughout the entirety of our venue (Thanks to Videotron Business Solutions). SISID will be communicated on-site.
Twitter and Instagram:
If you want to mention the event on social media, please use @startupfest and #startupfest to join the conversation. Please follow us on Twitter and Instagram @startupfest!
Don’t forget to like our page on
to stay posted before, after, and during the event.
DOWNLOAD FOKO to get all our latest news throughout the event (& one lucky attendee will win a new Apple Watch)
We’ll be using the startup app Foko onsite, basically it is a closed community for sharing visuals between all of our attendees. We will use Foko to send reminders of important happenings, communicate general information and to make any important announcements! We encourage you to take pictures, share comments, and use the hashtags.
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The Apple Watch will be given away Friday, announced at our closing remarks! Enter the draw by signing up and using the app during Startupfest.
BRAINDATER POWERED BY E-180
Who at Startupfest could benefit from your passion and experience? Who happens to know a lot about something you are curious about? Download Braindater
, powered by E-180, and book spontaneous Brain Dates with fellow Startupfest participants when you have some free time, while onsite. Think Tinder for knowledge-sharing! Drop by the Startupfest ASK tent for more info.
THE STARTUPFEST TENT VILLAGE
Startupfest isn’t just about pitches and speakers. The idea being to cater to the various needs of participants, we’ve created a lineup of 29 tents to serve as functional meeting points: places to go when you’re looking to connect with peers, mentors and experts. Each tent will focus on a particular area of interest; whether you’re seeking new talent, advice, funding, exposure or knowledge, you’ll find your match here! Swing by the Startupfest ASK tent to find the BrainDater Lounge, the Mentor tent for open office hours with speakers and mentors. Join in contests being run at the Innovation Zone or check out what’s happening in the Maker Community. Put that smartphone back in your pocket and check out the 2015 tent village
PITCHING AT STARTUPFEST
Startups have plenty of opportunities
to pitch to VCs, Accelerators and Angel Investors onsite. In fact, we’ll have a number of tents in the Tent Village specifically dedicated to pitches! Be sure to drop by the $100k Prize tent, our Grandmother Judges tent, and the Accelerator tent. Other than that, it’s up to you to network and connect with the hundreds of other participants.
$100,000 INVESTMENT PRIZE
We are thrilled to announce that at this year’s International Startup Festival, another deserving Startup will leave with an investment of $100,000! The award won’t be limited to one of the Startups selected to pitch on a main stage; ANY Startup present and badged for the event is eligible to win. The prize will be an investment in the form of an entrepreneur-friendly convertible debenture
. There will be 14 designated Judges
for the $100K prize (10 “investors” and 4 “advisors”), and they’ll be identifiable with bright blue lanyards, when they’re not sitting in the $100K Prize tent. You have until end of day Thursday to be shortlisted by one of these judges, for the prize. If you are shortlisted for the prize, you will be asked to review the convertible note and confirm your intent to accept it, if you are the winner (so please review the note
ahead of the event). All shortlisted Startups will be invited to pitch to the judges on Friday morning. If shortlisted you’ll have 5-minutes to impress them. The judges will then select a winner, that will be announced later in the day.
This year we’ve got two parties at Startupfest, our kick-off party on Wednesday, July 15th from 5:00pm to midnight, and our closing party on Friday July 17th from 7:00pm to midnight. We will have live bands, DJs and lots of people, having lots of fun. The closing party is being organized by our good friends at WAVO, and is brought to you by Softlayer
(an IBM Company). You must be 18 years old to partake…sorry kids.
This year we’re hosting our FREE Open House day on the Saturday, July 18th. This will be a day for Startups and the whole family. It will be a day dedicated to entrepreneurship, science, and technology. Run in conjunction with the MAtv, Kids Code Jeunesse, CBC, the CRC Robotics Competition and Mad Science, join us for an activity-filled day, you won’t want to miss! There will be something for everyone.
Montreal startup, Popup Camp, is offering a fun and educational way for kids to spend the day, while you get inspired and connected at Startupfest. Not far from the Startupfest venue (at CEIM), Popup Camp will be hosting kids all day on Thursday, July 16th and Friday, July 17th. Sign your kids up
for daycare service here! Space is limited!
SPONSORS (please show them some love)
Startupfest would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. Thank you to our presenting partner Videotron Business Services
, and our sponsors: BDC Capital
, Fasken Martineau
, The City of Montreal
, The Government of Quebec
and theGovernment of Canada
. Startupfest is held in collaboration with Shopify
, Tourism Montreal
, Yellow Pages Group
, the Chambre de Commerce du Montréal Métropolitaine
andArsenault UX & UI
Follow @startupfest on Twitter
to keep in touch and get up-to-the-second updates.
CODE OF CONDUCT
Please take a look at our code of conduct
before the event, as it might answer some of your safety questions. We are a very relaxed event, but we will not tolerate abusive behavior of any kind.
Travel safely. Look forward to seeing you onsite at the fifth International Startup Festival next week!