The Tent Village

It takes a village…

At Startupfest, the Tent Village is one of the most unique, and attractive aspects of the entire event. Our goal is to create an environment that encourages people to look away from their screens, and make real-time connections. We have over 30 tents, ranging from themed sectors, to demo spaces, pitch competitions and geographic divisions. There is no substitute for face to face interaction, and our Tent Village facilitates this by, putting you in the same physical space, with all of the people you want to meet. Unlike other events, where you’ll see a speaker onstage and then whisked away to catch their flight, you can catch ours hanging out in the Tent Village, perhaps with a beer in hand, happy to talk and available for you to connect with. The Tent Village provides attendees with an unbeatable networking opportunity we promise you haven’t experienced anywhere else.

2017 tents

  • $100k Prize/ Prix $100k

    Champion: Startupfest

    A group of angel investors have come together to create a $100k Investment prize. You’ve got until end of day Thursday to impress one of these judges- identified by a blue lanyard or found in their tent- if you’re shortlisted, you’ll be contacted Thursday evening and invited to a private breakfast Friday morning. Winner will be announced onstage Friday afternoon! Learn more!

  • Grandmother Judges/ Juges Grand-Mères

    Champion: EY

    Our Illustrious Grandmother Judges are back. You have Thursday, and Friday afternoon to pitch to them in their tent, and vie for the title of Grandmother’s Choice. (In case you didn’t know, analytics startup Onavo was a previous winner, and months later went on to be acquired by Facebook for $150 million. You want to win this one).

  • Health/Santé


    In the Health tent, you’ll meet both JLABS and the Hacking Health teams Come meet and learn more about Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS – the newest “no-strings attached” life sciences incubator in Canada with 44 companies working in the pharmaceutical, medical devices, consumer & digital health sectors. Some of the current JLABS companies will also be onsite to talk about their technologies, show off their products, and speak about their experience at JLABS. Hacking Health will be here showcasing some of their partners and startups as well!

  • AI / Intelligence Artificielle

    Champion: ElementAI

    The big story in the AI space is Montreal’s very own ElementAI. They’ll be here showcasing innovations in AI, and looking to meet new companies in the space! Prize alert!! Element AI is looking for a Fake News solution. Read more here

  • Accelerator Lounge/ Salon Accélérateur

    Champion: BDC + Startupfest

    Come meet some of Canada’s leading technology Accelerators and Incubators, and see what they’re looking for in 2017. FounderFuel, Next36, ideaBOOST, L-Spark, and more.

    Note: NEXT Canada is interviewing founders for their NEXT36 Prize in this tent! Find them Thursday and Friday afternoons.

  • CIO

    Champion: Startupfest

    Come meet with CIOs from some of the biggest companies in Canada. Stay tuned for the schedule! Companies will include GM, Banque Nationale, BNC, SAQ, Scotia Enterprise Innovation, Jean Coutu, and more!

  • Média

    Champion: CBC

    Media Pitch Prize – You’ve got 1 minute to make your best impression on CBC journalists. The top media pitcher to get our attention will be featured on CBC Montreal. Plus CBC journalists will be on hand to give practical advice on pitching ideas, standing out from the flood of press releases and shaping your story so that it captures the imagination of producers and audiences. For more information go to THIS PRIZE IS OPEN WEDNESDAY EVENING, THURSDAY AND FRIDAY AFTERNOON.

  • Startups that Matter/Des startups qui comptent

    Champion: TD and Fondation Montréal inc.

    Discover Montreal Startups who are developing new business models by optimizing the use of technology. They are able to anticipate markets and challenge existing ways of doing in order to create new spending habits that fit with their own value.

  • Vie Intelligente/ Smart Life

    Champion: Videotron

    On July 13th and 14th, you’ll have the chance to discover the Open Sky Laboratory for Smart Life an initiative of Videotron, in collaboration with Ericsson, the École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) and the Quartier de l’innovation. It’s the first laboratory of its kind in Canada. Submit your project and you’ll have the chance to obtain VIP access to the Lab this fall. There, you can try out your idea, or even see it come to life, using infrastructures of the future.

    Videotron and Québecor directors will be on site to discuss your projects with you and to offer advice.

  • Fin-Tastic Account-Tent/Fin-Tastique

    Champion: Intuit QuickBooks

    At the Fin-Tastique Account-Tent, Intuit QuickBooks will educate startups about financial literacy (FinLit), it’s open API for QuickBooks Online (FinTech) and the company’s presence in Quebec (FinTastique). Not only that, but the team will be giving away awesome swag and cool treats to help attendees beat Montreal’s July heat.

  • Community Support/Support Communautaire

    Champion: Startupfest

    Here you’ll find groups from BCIP, to Concierge. Concierge, delivered by NRC-IRAP, is a free service for innovative small businesses to find and access funding, business advisory services, technical expertise and facilities required to accelerate their growth through innovation.

  • Email Engagement/Engagement par courriel

    Champion: SendGrid + SAAS North

    SAAS NORTH is Canada’s SaaS event and we’re here at Startupfest talking email engagement, sharing our insights on email in a post-CASL world. Stop by the booth and subscribe to get entered into contests, receive swag and give-aways, and to receive our Startupfest Canada 150 offer.

  • Infrastructure

    Champion: OVH

    Details to come!

  • Demo

    Champion: Startupfest

    In this tent, you’ll find a variety of startups showcasing what they’re working on.

  • Atlantic Canada/Canada Maritimes

    Champion: StartUp Fredericton

    Come meet Atlantic Canada’s leading centres of incubation and acceleration, hear what they have on go for 2018, and maybe even snag some awesome Atlantic Canadian swag!

  • Montréal

    Champion: MTL NewTech

    Showcasing Montreal Startups

  • Ville de Montréal

    Champion: Ville de Montréal

    Il y a 375 raisons d’aimer Montréal et l’entrepreneuriat en est une. Vous avez des projets, des idées, venez les partager avec nous et nos partenaires. Innovation, financement, accompagnement, formation, sont autant de sujets que nous pourrons aborder. On dit que ça prend un village pour élever un enfant, alors pourquoi pas une Ville pour qu’un entrepreneur prenne son envol! On vous attends les 13 et 14 juillet!

  • Ottawa

    Champion: Invest Ottawa

    Come check out the Ottawa Startup tent! Meet some of Ottawa’s best startups, hear them pitch and maybe even get some awesome swag! The #HustleShuttle from Ottawa to MTL includes a luxury bus ride to and from the festival as well as mentoring, pitch practice, and more! Apply to join the #HustleShuttle.

  • KW-Toronto

    Champion: 349 Co-working

    We packed a sample of Ontario Startup scene awesomeness onto a few VIA Rail train cars, and we’re unpacking them at the Ontario Startup Tent. Stop by!

  • Calgary

    Champion: Startup Calgary and Calgary Economic Development

    Showcasing the Calgary startup scene!

  • Build + Share/ Bâtir et partager

    Champion: TWG + SmallRooms

    TWG creates products and software for enterprise and many of Canada’s biggest startups. Pitch your big idea for a chance to win a half day consulting session with TWG. You’ll have one minute to share your vision before fielding some tough questions from our experts. Candid feedback guaranteed.

    Entrepreneurs in Small Rooms Drinking Coffee (#smallrooms) is a live, unfiltered podcast where Rob Kenedi talks candidly with entrepreneurs and investors about the details of starting a tech company. Come pitch your startup to be on the show!

  • France

    Champion: L’Office franco-québécois pour la jeunesse (OFQJ)

    l’OFQJ offre l’opportunité à des jeunes créateurs de startups de prendre part au Festival International des Startups.

  • Québec Startup

    Champion: Le Camp

    An incubator-accelerator dedicated to tech businesses growth and mentorship, LE CAMP offers a diversity of services adapted to your company’s development stage, from pre start-up to internationalization. A valuable asset to any start-up’s growth. LE CAMP organise each year an important Québec startups delegation for the Startupfest. For a sixth year consecutive, we are proud to to bring together more than 50 participants in our delegation !

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