Premium Fests

We introduced the Startupfest Premium Fests in order to deliver more specialized content for the different groups within the ecosystem. Year after year we’ve expanded them to cover unique members of the community (think Scaleups or Accelerators), as well as different verticals within the industry. This year, your Startupfest pass includes ONE Premium Fest of your choice. Registration for Premium Fests will open *early* spring. Register for your Startupfest pass to ensure you get first pick!

The Premium Fests:

For the crypto collectors

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Blockchain, Bitcoin, ICO’s, DogeCoin, EvanCoin… The crypto currency space continues to explode. Millionaires are made every day. Machines mine at infinitely larger scale. While individual coin bubbles may burst, it seems crypto currencies are here to stay. 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.

For the AI-minded

July 12-14, 2018

Presented by Element AI, AI Fest is a two-day event which 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.

For the Cannabis Entrepreneur (and those wanting to learn more)

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

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. Make no mistake, if there’s one event you should wear a sport jacket to- it’s this one. Serious opportunities will be created in this new multi-billion dollar market.

For the Researchers + Academics

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

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.

For those looking to Scale

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

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. Presented by BDC Capital, 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.

For Accelerators + the people behind them

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

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

For Developers

July 13-14, 2018

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.

For New Media Artists

Saturday, July 14, 2018

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.