Off Events


Startupfest has become a major event in the Canadian technology ecosystem, and as a result, a range of organizations run their own startup-related events during the week, lending a “festival” air to Montreal.

We try to provide a list of such events as a convenience to attendees, but please note that any Startupfest “Off-Events” are not organized by Startupfest itself, and we aren’t responsible for their content or format.


Startup Weekend Femmes Montréal inc. 3.0

6:00PM – 8:00PM

WHERE: 8 Queen Street, Montreal, Quebec H3C 2N5 Canada
PRICE: 39$ (15% OFF for Startupfest Attendees: use promo code SWfondation)
ABOUT: The 3rd edition of Startup Weekend Femmes Montréal 3.0 i snow launched! The event will take place next July 7-8-9 at SID LEE. Having for ambassadress Judith Fetzer, President and Cofounder of COOK IT, Carolyne Parent, Cofounder and CEO of Rachel’s Box, as well as Émilie Nollet, Cofounder and Co-president of ÉAU, the event aims to stimulate female entrepreneurship while remaining inclusive.

For women, it is a unique opportunity to validate their business idea, to form a team of cofounders or to simply work on a business idea which they are passionate about. For men, it is a unique opportunity to join a team and help transform a business idea into a concrete business project.


Réseautage La_VAL TechUP

6:00PM – 8:00PM

WHERE: Le Tier Lieu, coop de solidarité 1200 Boul St-Martin Ouest Laval, Qc H7S 2E4, Canada.
ABOUT: L’écosystème entrepreneurial en général et technologique en particulier fait de Laval un territoire en pleine croissance et des activités ont lieu périodiquement pour le dynamiser davantage. Cette activité rentre dans le cadre de la programmation de La_VAL TechUP pour l’été après son lancement au printemps 2017 et un franc succès de son concours régional Startup Pitch Challenge fin mai dernier.

Cette soirée se déroulera sous forme d’un Talk d’un invité spécial, suivi d’un panel et en fin d’un cocktail réseautage.

The Art of Disruption – How to Transform Your Marketing & Strategy for Startups & Entrepreneurs

6:00PM – 7:30PM

WHERE: Wework Ville Marie 3 Place Ville Marie Suite 400 Montreal, QC H3B 2E3 Canada
PRICE: 40$ (FREE for Startupfest Attendees)
ABOUT: How to Transform Your Marketing & Strategy for Startups & Entrepreneurs

The Digital Revolution Has Changed Everything.

We often hear the expression, “disruption is all around us”, yet we mostly miss what this really means, and how it affects us and our business direction, and more importantly, what we can actually do about it.

The companies that are actually disrupting are the ones that are making successful strategic digital marketing decisions based upon critical digital strategies. This is where the disruption starts.

It’s not about the technology. It is about rethinking how you assemble your team and formulate your core digital strategies that affect disruption.
Disruption is here. More is coming. And, your company can be at the forefront of it – by creating the environment for marketing disruption and transformation in your business.

Register now to evolve your thinking, strategy and marketing


Demo Day MTL

NOON – 4:00PM

WHERE:Metropolis, 59 Ste-Catherine Street East MontrealQuebec H2X 1K5 Canada
PRICE: 15$
ABOUT: On July 11th, join us to discover 2017’s most exciting new startups!

Five of Montreal’s most prestigious startup accelerators are joining forces to showcase their most promising creator and entrepreneurs. Startups from District 3, Innocité, Centech, Esplanade and Espace Inc. will each pitch their project to an audience of investors, clients, buyers, suppliers, experts, media and members of the Montreal community.

Five accelerators means five times the big ideas!

With 1200 expected participants, Mega Demo Day promises to be an explosive forum of innovation at an unparallelled scale.

FounderFuel 2017 Demo Day

4:30PM – 8:00PM

WHERE: Olympia Theather, 1004 Rue Sainte-Catherine Est Montreal, Quebec H2L 2G2, Canada
PRICE: 15$ (5$ discount with promo code startuplovers)
ABOUT: 8 pitches. 1,300 people. 1 amazing event!

From accelerating genomic research to saving the bees, come hear more about our 8 companies which are being accelerated at the Notman House through our program.

FounderFuel is Canada’s leading venture accelerator that helps technology powered companies reach escape velocity.

Come celebrate FounderFuel’s 10th Cohort on July 11th!

How to Design the next Instagram/Snapchat on the Blockchain

NOON – 1:00PM

WHERE: Bassin Bonsecours park (sur l’herbe) Montreal old port 333 rue de la Commune, Quebec Montreal
ABOUT: Blockchain is a platform to design unstoppable applications
The next killer app could be a messenging Dapp. Are you up for it?
It starts with why, it starts with you, me and we and a new business model.

Think about an ICO with Connect coins as an example and a white paper with a clear sense of purpose…
(Remember that Instagram was bought by Facebook with 7 employees for 1 billion the year Kodak went bankrupt)

Imagine an ad-free app that you could crowdfund via ICO, a sense of community and max out the network effect of the Ethereum platform where value is shared across stakeholders?

Join us in this Off creative event river and get some inspiration to design the next generation of Dapps.

Blockchain will change the world, and your life.

Don’t miss the train.

Montreal Serverless 101: The What, Why and How of Serverless

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

WHERE:WeWork 3 Place Ville Marie. suite 400 Montreal , QC H3B2E3 Canada
ABOUT: Are you available July 11th at 18h for some free beer, snacks, networking and insights from industry leaders?

If the Serverless environment, Lambda, DevOps are all of interest to you, then clear your calendar because this will be an event not miss!

Aaron Williams, co-founder and CEO of Funcatron will be in Montreal to share his insights into the Serverless revolution.


Growth Hacking with Email Marketing to Achieve a 40X ROI


WHERE: WeWork Place Ville Marie 3 Place Ville Marie, Montreal, QC H3B 2E3 Canada
ABOUT: Please join us for an engaging workshop about emailing marketing best practices. Full of real world example from companies like Uber and Airbnb, this workshop contains a variety of actionable takeaway you can implement yourself.

– Learn how to authentically grow your email list
– Easy strategies for better customer segmentation
– How to build a strong Call to Action
– Why A/B testing is critical to email campaign success

About SendGrid:
SendGrid is a Techstars company founded in 2009. We have developed a cloud-based platform that solves the challenge of email delivery. We successfully deliver over 1 billion customer engagement emails each day for Internet and mobile-based customers like Airbnb, Pandora, Hubspot, Spotify, Uber and FourSquare.


Community Champions Cocktail


WHERE: Cafe OSMO 51 Sherbrooke St Ouest, Montreal, Quebec H2X1X2, Canada
ABOUT: Before going to one of the official StartupFest afterparties, Notman House & MTLNewTech want to celebrate the amazing work you do for the global Tech Community. This year, we wanted to take advantage of the gorgeous Google for Entrepreneurs Terrace at Café OSMO to celebrate you!
Join us for some tasty BBQ (veggie options will be available) and delicious drinks (the first one is on the house!)

Crew x Startupfest: Afterparty 2017

8:00PM – 1:00AM

WHERE: Crew Collective and Café 360 St. Jacques MontrealQuebec H2Y1P5 Canada
PRICE: 44$ (10$ OFF for Startupfest Attendees)
ABOUT: It’s simple. Come let loose with friends and future-friends at the official-unofficial Startupfest afterparty, hosted for the second year in a row at Crew Collective & Café in the heart of Old Montreal. Open bar, DJ, and treats all night – can’t wait to see you! July 13th, as of 8pm.

Desjardins Lab Presents: Kill The Silos – Bringing VR/AR/AI/Blockchain Together – A 360 VR Community Initiative

6:00PM – 9:00PM

WHERE: Desjardins Lab, 175 René-Lévesque Blvd W, Montreal, QC H2X 3Y2
PRICE: 5$ (FREE for Startupfest Attendees)
ABOUT: Montréal Talent is already International. From our Musicians and Actors, to Comedians and Directors, to our Programmers, Software and Game Makers, our Talent is renown. Leaders of their Fields like AI’s Yoshua Bengio and VR’s Felix&Paul have solidified the perception of this Talent that we have in the eyes of the World. And yet, we fail to Monetize. Just as worse: we fail to talk to each other. We believe that the Future lies in Mixed Realities aided by AI, not in these segregated “silos”.

Unlike Major Cities, we also lack Corporations that can afford to the Services create by our Talents, which is why we must all come together to forge our City’s Future Economy, that will be highly dependent on our Talent. That’s our Human Capital.

With an Ambiance à la Montréalaise, you will experience Talks by Visionaries from each of Sector, as well as a Talk about how all these “Separate” Fields Can, Must and WILL come Together.

Not Another Montreal Startup Party

5:30PM – 9:30PM

WHERE: GradeSlam HQ 279 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest – Suite #410 Montreal, Quebec H2X 1Y2
PRICE: 100$ (FREE for Startupfest Attendees, must present badge)
ABOUT: After a day full of learning at StartupFest, come on up to the GradeSlam HQ for a fun-filled night.

Enjoy complimentary food, drinks and great music with Montreal’s most vibrant tech entrepreneurs, innovators and creators all under one roof.

*There will be a free shuttle from Startupfest courtesy of our friends at*

Stay tuned for more details as we get closer to the event.

McGill Healthy Brains for Healthy Lives – Innovation Program Launch

5:00PM – 7:00PM

WHERE: WeWork L’Avenue, 1275 Avenue des Canadiens-de-Montréal 5th Floor Montreal, Quebec H3B 0G4, Canada
ABOUT: The McGill Healthy Brains for Healthy Lives Innovation Program works to bridge the gap between industry and academia, and connects neuroscience researchers, students and alumni with international industrial partners, start-up ecosystems, and the venture capital community to create a thriving global neuroscience innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem based in Montreal.

The Launch Event will provide some details on the Innovation Program followed by a cocktail hour.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Startupfest Happy Hour with SendGrid, GAN and Future Labs


WHERE: WeWork Place Ville Marie (Lobby), 3 Place Ville Marie, Montreal, QC H3B 2E3 Canada
ABOUT: You’ve networked all day, collected hundreds of business cards, and listened to countless brilliant speakers who have inspired you to grow your venture. Now, it’s time to unwind with the brightest startups, investors, and mentors in and around Startupfest. We all know that the PEOPLE you meet in the startup COMMUNITY are what will make or break you.

Please join SendGrid, GAN, Future Labs, and the Startupfest community for a fun-filled happy hour at WeWork Place Ville Marie.


To be considered as one of Startupfest’s Off Events, you must meet the following criteria:

– Your event cannot compete with official Startupfest programming
– You must offer either free or discounted tickets to Startupfest attendees
– Your event must take place within the two weeks surrounding Startupfest (July 6th – July 20th)

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