Startups

Over $750,000
worth of prizes
and investment
up for grabs

Startupfest is

An event built for founders.

Besides world class content across 8 stages, the event is designed to offer concrete investments and networking opportunities throughout the entirety of the Tent Village.

About Festival


Garner Attention

Top tier media in attendance


Acquire Knowledge

Over 125 speakers across 12 stages

Secure Funding

Prizes and Investment opportunities

Build Connections

Over 7,000 attendees from 20+ countries

The Inclusion Initiative

We’ve partnered up with BDC and Quickbooks, to offer underserved, and underrepresented communities in technology access to Startupfest for free ($50 commitment fee). Read more about our inclusion initiative

“I was here and pitched Onavo, my company, we picked up one of the top prizes and later we get picked up by Facebook. It’s awesome.”

– Guy Rosen, Facebook

Apply to pitch onstage

Applications are now open for AIFest, CannabisFest, Startupfest Version Française, and the Best Onstage Pitch competition on the Startupfest keynote stage.

Over $750K worth of prizes and investments up for grabs

From a $100K investment prize, to our panel of Grandmother judges- there’s no shortage of pitching opportunities. Our Accelerator Lounge is home to top tier Accelerator/Incubator programs looking for outstanding startups. Meet with Chief Innovation Officers from fortune 500 companies in our CIO lounge!

The Prizes

$100K Prize

$100K Prize

A group of angel investors comes together to award $100k+ to one startup. Open to: ANY startup in attendance.

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Where can I pitch? The $100k Prize tent or to any of the 10 investors found wearing a BLUE lanyard.

When can I pitch? You have until EOD Thursday, July 12th to pitch. If shortlisted, you will be contacted and invited to a breakfast Friday, July 13th.

Grandmothers’ Choice prize

Grandmothers’ Choice

Our esteemed panel of Grandmother Judges have become a Startupfest favourite, and have an unbeatable track record.

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Open to: ANY startup in attendance.

Where can I pitch? The Grandmothers’ tent.

When can I pitch? Thursday or Friday from 12-5pm.

Best Onstage Pitch

7 startups will be selected to pitch on our Keynote stage, to our mainstage audience, vying for the title of Best Onstage Pitch! Watch them pitch on July 13th!

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Open to: Applications are open to ANY startup from around the world. If selected, you’ll receive an all-access pass to Startupfest and 1 of 7 pitching slots. The Application process is now closed for 2018.

Where can I pitch? Keynote stage IF SELECTED.

When can I pitch? Friday, July 13th IF SELECTED.

Next 36 Young Entrepreneur Award

Next 36 Young Entrepreneur Award

Pitch to Next 36 alumni and mentor judges for your chance to win an exclusive founder spot in the 2019 Cohort of Next 36

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– Canada’s premiere program for developing young entrepreneurs delivered by NEXT Canada. Next 36 ventures receive dedicated mentorship, founder development and up to $80K in seed funding.

Open to: Any senior post-secondary student or recent grad.

Where can I pitch: Find them in the Accelerator tent in the Tent Village and roaming the Festival at large (in their red and gray “Whats Now, What’s NEXT t-shirts).

When can I pitch: Thursday afternoon in the Accelerator tent OR you can schedule a meet up.

CBC’s Best Media Pitch Prize

CBC’s Best Media Pitch

The top media pitcher to get CBC’s attention will be featured on CBC Montreal.
Open to: Any startup in attendance.

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Where can I pitch: Find them in the Media tent in the Tent Village.

When can I pitch: 12-5pm, Thursday, July 12th, and Friday, July 13th. Sign up for your time slot at the tent as of noon Thursday- they fill up fast!

NextAI Top Startup Award

NextAI Top Startup Award

Pitch to NextAI alumni and mentor judges for your chance to win an exclusive spot in the 2019 Cohort of NextAI – Montreal.

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– Canada’s first accelerator for AI-first startups, now delivered in both Montreal and Toronto by NEXT Canada. NextAI ventures receive founder development education from top faculty, entrepreneurs and scientists, plus dedicated workspace and up to $200K in seed funding.

Open to: The founders of any pre-seed AI-enabled venture or individuals with domain expertise looking to launch a new startup.

Where can I pitch: Find them in the AI tent and roaming the Festival at large (in their light blue NextAI t-shirts).

When can I pitch: Thursday afternoon in the AI tent OR you can schedule a meet up.

Startup Embassy stay in Silicon Valley

Startup Embassy, the oldest entrepreneurial community of Silicon Valley located at the heart of Palo Alto is offering 14 nights free for the best founder!

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The winning founder will be able to share 2 weeks of experiences and learning with our community of worldwide founders, mentors and investors.

You’ll have a shared place to sleep and work plus access to our network of contacts.

How to win? This prize will be awarded to the winner of the Grandmothers’ Choice Award!

Creative Destruction Lab Montreal Acceptance

CDL-Montreal is offering up a spot in their upcoming cohort! This comes with deep links into Montreal’s AI Ecosystem, opportunities to raise funding, objectives-based mentorship, Biz Dev Support, access to Silicon Valley, 1:1 meetings with mentors like Patrick Pitchette, ex-CFO of Google and more.

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CDL takes no equity in the ventures that are admitted and charges no fees; it operates entirely from philanthropic donations. We are complementary to incubator and accelerator programs, but as the only science-focused program of it’s kind, we provide a type of support unmatched outside of Silicon Valley. You can find them in the Accelerator Zone!

Diagram Fintech Innovation Open

The ideal candidate for this prize is a working professional or solo entrepreneur in the ideation phase!

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Diagram Ventures wants to award you a prize worth $50,000 to leave your desk job and come join us on our quest to find the next Canadian global leader in fintech. Whether you are a seasoned professional or an aspiring entrepreneur, we want to hear from you on how you think you can transform the financial services industry.

Apply now by filling out this brief application, brief one or two-page business plan (optional but recommended). Applicants will have scheduled meetings onsite at Startupfest!

Read more about this prize here.

National Bank

Present your entrepreneurial project to renowned investors via exclusive invitation. You could earn the chance to win training courses, mentorships and coaching from National Bank and its partners, as well as $15,000 worth of various prizes.

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Invited investors:
Éric Phaneuf – Walter Capital Partners
Alexandros Bottenbruch – Portag3 Ventures
Kate Grant – Information Venture Partners
Philippe Daoust – NA Venture Fund, National Bank
David Dufresne – Panache Ventures
Nicolas Jacques Bouchard – Panache Ventures
And many more!

Come pitch your ideas in the National Bank elevator

3 prizes to win, valued at more than $5,000. Each prize includes:
– alias entrepreneur·e: exclusive access to 150 videos for 5 months.
– La Factry, school of creativity sciences: 2 courses of your choice, 3 hours each.
– 3-day access to Startupfest 2019.
– Lex Start: corporate start-up services offered to contest winners (incorporation and shareholder agreement). A non-disclosure agreement (NDA) or an internship contract will be offered to all contest participants.
– operiō: Comprehensive accounting-consulting cloud-computing service offer.

Networking, Mentorship Opportunities, and Community Support

Investor Zone Powered by the DMZ

Investor Zone Powered by the DMZ

With the help of our partners at the DMZ, we’ve introduced the Investor Zone; a place for investors and startups to connect.

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Startups and Investors will be pre-selected and matched based on industry, type of funding you’re looking for, etc. All startups must pre-apply and a limited number will be chosen to have an afternoon of meetings with leading VC’s and angels on Friday, July 13th onsite at Startupfest. Apply here!

Braindates

Braindates

Every participant has valuable knowledge that deserves to be uncovered, shared and tapped into. Braindate is a web platform that allows you to curate your event experience at Startupfest based on what you can learn from the collective genius around you.

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e180’s recommendation algorithm, named Freia, curates an individualized selection of braindate topics for each participant, based on their behaviour and interests.

It’s simple:
1. Explore the knowledge Offer and Requests –where all participants (including you!) post the knowledge they are willing to share.
2. Pick something you want to learn or create your own Offer or Request.
3. Book your braindates and meet in person at the Braindate Lounge!

CIO Lounge

CIO Lounge

Chief Innovation Officers from leading corporations take open office hours with startups.

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Check the schedule, note who you’d like to meet, and drop by during their “Office Hours”. First come, first served!

Service Provider Zone

New for 2018, from law and accounting firms, to government organizations offering thousands in grant dollars, come meet the service providers that can help bring your business to the next level.

Demo Space

Demo Space

In the heart of the Startupfest Tent Village, startups can reserve a demo table for the entirety of Thursday and Friday to showcase product, and have a homebase for the event. Interested?

Register for a demo table today.

Premium Content

Premium Content

This year, we’ve introduced even more Premium Festivals. From AI, to CannabisFest and ScaleupFest, there’s something for everyone.

See all and get a deep dive into the content best suited for your company.

Tent Village

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

Onstage Content

Startupfest boasts five stages! Our Main Stage welcomes some of the biggest names in the startup world, our “How to” stage will give concrete takeaways to help you build your business, the “Future of” stage looks at how technology is going to affect our lives, the “Interactive” stage promotes dialogue between experts and attendees and our “VF” stage hosts content for the French speaking startup community!

Media Opportunities

Media Opportunities

Asides from the Media Prizes up for grabs at the event, Startupfest brings in the likes of TechCrunch, Entrepreneur Magazine, BetaKit, VentureBeat, and more.

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