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.

2016 tents

  • Atlantic Canada/Canada Maritimes

    Showcasing Atlantic Canada’s homegrown talent.

  • 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!

  • British Columbia/ Colombie-Britannique

    Champion: BCIC

    #BCTECH: Meet spectacular startups. Find your celebrity entrepreneur twin. Enter a draw for the ultimate trip package to the #BCTECH Summit in Vancouver. Ask for a Naked Snack!

  • New York City

    Champion: WeWork

    Showcasing NYC Startups

  • Boston

    Champion: WeWork

    Showcasing Boston’s startup scene

  • Ville de Québec / Ville de Sherbrooke

    Champion: Quebec International

    Innovation! Creativity! Ambition! Discover the entrepreneurs that propel Quebec City’s emerging startup community.

  • France

    Champion: MtlNew Tech and E-180


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

  • Montréal

    Champion: Quartier de l'innovation & MtlNewtech

    Showcasing Montreal Startups

  • Pitch 30 Secondes

    Champion: Videotron Business Solutions / MaTV

    Thursday, find Videotron Business Solutions and MAtv here and pitch for their prize. 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.

    Friday, there will be a special contest powered by Vidéotron Business Solutions. Come to the tent for more details!

  • $200k Prize/ Prix $200k

    A group of angel investors have come together to create a $200k Investment prize, in the form of a convertible note. 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!

  • Grandmother Judges/ Juges Grand-Mères

    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).

  • Mentor Tent/Tente des Mentors

    Champion: Ernst & Young

    The Mentor tent will be home to a number of our speakers and mentors. The schedule will determine who you can find at what time, and their specialties. They’re here because they want to talk to you- be sure to drop by for an informal chat!

  • Demo

    In these tents, you’ll find a variety of startups showcasing what they’re working on. Projects will change between Thursday, and Friday!

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Ecosystem Builders/Leaders de la Communauté

    Champion: Notman House & DMZ

    We know that startups are as strong as their support system, and we work with the best to make that happen. Join us at our Community Leader tent to celebrate all of the amazing contributions we make to help our startups launch, grow, and succeed! Championed by Notman House and the DMZ- this is a place for community leaders to meet, and connect.

  • Accelerator Lounge/ Salon Accélérateur BDC

    Champion: BDC

    Come meet some of Canada’s leading technology Accelerators and Incubators, and see what they’re looking for in 2016. Highline, FounderFuel, Next36, ideaBOOST, and more. Both FounderFuel and Next36 are interviewing startups for their prizes in this tent.

  • Community Support/Support Communautaire

    Here you’ll find a variety of non-profit organizations offering programs for entrepreneurs in the community.

  • API

    Champion: SendGrid
  • Social Entrepreneurship/ Entrepreneuriat Social

    Champion: Pyxis

    Pyxis Studio – Transforming the way we do business. – Change the world for the better – Make a positive difference The most important value that derives from this statement is Social Impact and Making a Difference. We want to connect. Let’s explore what you have. Pyxis as a partner can invest up to 100,000$! Our support can take different forms: financial participation, business advice, technological expertise, etc. Want to meet Social Impact Investors and Fellow Disruptive Entrepreneurs….see you at the Pyxis Studio Tent.

  • Starting Global/Internationalisation

    Champion: Istuary

    China is a rapidly growing market, a country whose innovation industry is modernizing quickly and therefore presenting huge opportunities for North American technology companies. In the Starting Global tent, startups will learn more about Chinese tech market, business landscape, and what the imminent growth in Canada-China trade relations could mean for them. Members of the Istuary team will share from experience what it takes to build a business with a global focus and also introduce Istuary’s “Idea Labs” program, a globally connected ecosystem for entrepreneurs and innovators that focuses on Going Global From Day 1.

  • Social Impact + Designing Your Start Up for Emergency Response

    Field Innovation Team will guide you through an immersive experience of Designing Your StartUp for Emergency Response. StartUp culture allows you the agility to handle day-to-day challenges. How can you amplify your work to respond and save lives? Disasters are increasing in proportion costing Canada millions of dollars including the recent Fort McMurray wildfires and Calgary floods. Join us for a three-step design process that provides you with a flurry of great networks in the emergency field and blueprints on how you can be a hometown hero by helping humanity.

  • VR/AR Experience

    This year, the StartupFest Lounge will offer hands-on experience with the hottest virtual and augmented reality gear, including devices not yet available to the general public. Stations will include: – Virtual Reality, with HTC Vive® and Oculus Rift®, – Mobile Virtual Reality, with Samsung Gear VR® and Google CardboardTM you can try with your phone, – Enterprise Use Cases, and – Augmented Reality, with devices not yet available to the general public. Come enjoy fun content and meet others developing for this exciting new medium.