Startups

All Startups
Eligible for the
$200K
Investment
Prize

“Startupfest has grown into the unmissable startup community event of the year” – LP Maurice, Founder Busbud

Garner Attention

Media Opportunities and Prizes

Acquire Knowledge

70+ speakers across 4 stages

Secure Funding

$250k+ in guaranteed investments

Build Connections

over 3,500 attendees

Three ways to attend

If you’re looking for a home base at the Fest, where you’re guaranteed more visibility- a demo table is your best bet. They’re perfect for launching your product, and showing off your technology in a prime location. Our demo tables are for startup demos, not trade show booths.

 

The specs: Demo tables are situated in the tent village, which is the heart of Startupfest. The table is a 2’x2’ surface, and includes electricity and wifi on a “best effort” basis.
Demo table: Each ticket gives you access to the demo table for TWO DAYS and includes your pass to the Fest. Demo tables can be accessed when the Tent Village is open- as of noon during the Festival days.

The Patron program is an aspect of Startupfest we’re incredibly proud of. The Patron program is your free ticket into the Fest- literally. Created for the bootstrapped, early stage startups, this program allows a “starving startup” to attend Startupfest for free. ($25 commitment fee).

 

For every Patron ticket purchased, a startup, who could not otherwise afford it, gets the chance to attend. If you meet the application criteria, you can apply for a Starving Startup pass, for the chance to be selected, OR find a patron to nominate you. Must be less than 2 years old and must have received less than $250,000 in funding.

APPLICATION PROCESS IS CLOSED

The Startup ticket is the most common way to attend. This ticket gives you access to all keynotes, breakout sessions and the entire tent village for the duration of Startupfest. Unlike the Demo Table that requires you to man your table while the Tent Village is running, the startup ticket allows you to roam free. You’re free to pitch for all prizes, take advantage of the amazing networking and watch as many talks as you want. 

2016 Prizes & Opportunities

$200K Investment Prize

What is this? We’ve taken the $100k prize, and doubled it. The best part? One startup may walk away with all of it, or two may split it. It’s up to you to convince the judges
Open to: Any startup in attendance
Where can I pitch? Find them in the $200k Prize tent in the Tent Village
When can I pitch? 12-5pm, Thursday, July 14th. The top 10 will be shortlisted Thursday afternoon, and invited to a private breakfast Friday morning. See the process and FAQ’s here.

Grandmother's Choice Award

What is this? An honorary award given by our most coveted judging panel.
Open to: Any startup in attendance
Where can I pitch? Find them in the Grandmother Judges tent in the Tent Village
When can I pitch? 12-5pm, Thursday, July 14th, and Friday, July 15th.

Best Onstage Pitch

What is this? The title given to the best onstage pitch judged by a panel of experts in the audience.
Open to: 12 Startups selected to pitch onstage through the application process. APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED. SEE THE SELECTED STARTUPS!
Where/When can I pitch? Onstage during your scheduled time slot.

Videotron/ MAtv Prize

What is this? This prize includes $30K in services and visibility for your startup including a promotional campaign on MAtv, a banner announcement in the Journal de Montréal, and free access to Notman House’s office spaces for 3 months
Open to: Any startup in attendance
Where can I pitch: Find them in Tent Village
When can I pitch: 12-5pm, Thursday, July 14th. Friday, there will be a special contest powered by Vidéotron Business Solution. Come to the tent for more details!

Media Pitch Prize/CBC

What is this? The top media pitcher to get our attention will be featured on CBC Montreal
Open to: Any startup in attendance
Where can I pitch: Find them in the Media tent in the Tent Village.
When can I pitch: 12-5pm, Thursday, July 14th, and Friday, July 15th. Sign up for your time slot at the tent as of noon Thursday- they fill up fast!

FounderFuel 2016 Cohort

What is this? This prize is in the form of an official offer to join the Fall cohort of FounderFuel – a mentor-driven startup accelerator that helps early stage companies go to market and raise seed capital- which includes a 100K investment.
Open to: Any startup in attendance
Where can I pitch: Find them in the Accelerator Tent, or identifiable on site
When can I pitch: Thursday, and Friday afternoon.

The Next 36 Young Entrepreneur Award

What is this? Pitch to N36 alumni and mentor judges for your chance to win an exclusive founder spot in the 2017 Cohort of The Next 36 – Canada’s premiere program for developing young entrepreneurs.
Open to: Any senior post-secondary student or recent grad who can impress the judges in two minutes or less
Where can I pitch: Find them in the Accelerator tent in the Tent Village and roaming the Festival at large (in their orange and gray Next 36 t-shirts).
When can I pitch: Thursday afternoon in the Accelerator tent OR you can schedule a meet-up.

“A few months ago Heddoko was just an idea. We ended up being selected in the top 3 for the 100K Investment prize, and top 3 for the Videotron Business Solution prize. An amazing opportunity to validate that we are heading in the right direction.” – Mazen Elbawab, Heddoko

Education & Networking

Tent Village

Over 30 tents focused on showcasing different industry sectors, geographic locations, and facilitating real time connections. This is also home to the $100k Prize tent, Grandmother Judges, and more.

Onstage Content

Startupfest boasts four stages; One for inspiring keynotes, one for interactive “How-to” content, one to discuss the “Future-of”, and this year we’ve introduced the “interactive” stage, designed only for “AMAs”.

Media Opportunities

There are two media prizes at the festival up for grabs; CBC and MaTV. Not to mention international media all in attendance.

“We got so much exposure summer of 2014, which included media exposure, investors, and also coming in second place in the 100k prize competition, that we were able to create a lot of credibility, and that helped us finalize our first round of funding.” – Daniel Blumer, Revols