The International Startup Festival is a 3-day event on the business of startups held in the historic Old Port of Montreal. Happening July 10-12, 2013, it brings together aspiring founders, groundbreaking innovators and veteran entrepreneurs from around the world to share thoughts, do business and have a lot of fun.
Why you should come to Startupfest 2013:
- Learn something new – We’ve got some awesome speakers and workshops lined up to teach you all you’ve ever wanted to know about entrepreneurship. Startupfest zooms in on every stage of the startup lifecycle from “back of the napkin” ideas to champagne-popping exits.
- Get inspired – Inspirations is around every corner at Startupfest. Discover new technology and sit in on stimulating keynotes and panels, or just attend the Tent Expo and have a chat with your industry idols!
- Meet somebody – Startupfest is full of networking opportunities to help you make lasting connections and get you to that deal-closing handshake. Take a walk through the Tent Expo to meet an innovator, a mentor, an investor, and maybe even your next co-founder!
- Have fun – Forget those old boring business conferences, Startupfest celebrates entrepreneurship in a fun and festive atmosphere. Grab a drink and enjoy Canada’s culture capital!
This Year’s Theme: Startups Stories
This year, we’re focusing on the stories behind startups. From the founding legend to the cautionary anecdote, from the epic battle to the overnight success, every founder has a tale to tell. We’re putting together a lineup of the greatest startup stories—past, present, and future—by those who created them. So gather around the Startupfest Campfire as we share startup stories of the past, present and future!
Building the Startupfest Campfire
STORIES OF THE PAST
We’ll look back, as industry heavyweights tell us how they used technology to transform the way we live, work and play. We’ll tap into their experience, get some wisdom, and put these deep lessons to work in the next generation of startups.
STORIES OF THE NOW
We’ll look around us, hearing today’s crop of hot startups present and hustle. From our notorious Elevator World Tour—held in famous elevators around the world!—to the gauntlet of unforgiving Grandmother Judges, to the main stage, startups will be front and center, convincing us to get involved in the action.
STORIES OF THE FUTURE
We’ll look to the years ahead, talking about trends, disruptions, and opportunities. We’ll forge connections, share ideas, and kindle relationships that will write the stories of tomorrow.
Share your story with the Startupfest community.
Read more on the theme here.
Meet and connect with people who want to change the world
At the International Startup Festival you’ll meet a diverse group of people – creators, entrepreneurs, investors, advisers and more –who all want to, in the words of the late, great Steve Jobs, “put a dent in the universe”.
There is plenty of room and space at the conference to meet with the people who inspire you and the people who want to meet you. With dedicated spaces like our Tent Expo for meeting investors, co-founders, and media, the festival provides the perfect environment to get offline and make real connections.
There’s nothing quite like Startupfest. Now in its third year, it’s part event, part conference, part pitch contest—and all fun. Join us in scenic Montreal in the middle of summer for three unforgettable days, and be part of the story.
Join us in Montreal for three unforgettable days this summer.
A more inclusive schedule is on its way, but until then, here is a very basic outline of what you can expect:
Wednesday, July 10th:
- 9am-5pm: Startupfest Lean Workshop (Premium Event)
- 10am-4pm: Accelerator Rally (Premium Event)
- 5pm-onwards: Opening Party!
Thursday, July 11th:
- 9am-12pm: Keynote Presentations
- 12pm-1pm: Lunch
- 1pm-5pm: Tent Expo/Workshops/Panels
Friday, July 12th:
- 9am-12pm: Keynote Presentations
- 12pm-1pm: Lunch
- 1pm-4pm: Tent Expo/Workshops/Panels
Saturday, July 13th (tentative):
- 10am-2pm: Open House Day (more info to come)
The International Startup Festival will once again be held in Montreal’s historic Old Port. This year the Festival will take place at the Montreal Science Centre, a modern structure that proudly retains many elements of its maritime origins. Offering a remarkable downtown and Old Montreal panorama that unfolds through the hall’s large windows, it is the ideal space for our unique conference.
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2 Rue de la Commune Ouest, Montreal, QC H2Y 2E2
Directions to Venue
ON FOOT (approximately 9 minutes)
- Exit Place-d’Armes metro
- Walk southeast on Rue Saint-Urbain towards Old Montreal
- Turn left on Saint-Antoine O.
- Turn right on Boulevard Saint-Laurent
- Continue onto Rue du Quay King-Edward. The Science Center is located on the south side of De la Commune (southern-most street).
BY PUBLIC TRANSIT (approximately 13 minutes)
- From Berri-UQAM metro station.
- Proceed to exit “Berri/Place Émilie Gamelin” to catch the 715 bus (direction West)
- Get off at the de la Commune and Saint-Laurent stop (5th stop)
- Walk to the Montreal Science Centre
- Details: http://www.stm.info/English/bus/GEOMET/a-GEO715.htm
BY CAR / TAXI
- Come down McGill Street in Old Montreal.
- Turn left on de la Commune West.
- Turn right on Rue du Quay King-Edward.
- Cross the train tracks.
- You can park your car at the King Edward Pier lot (Monteal Science Centre) for $18/day
Meet our team of executives, technologists, and creative minds. We are entrepreneurs working together to create positive opportunities for other entrepreneurs and visionaries. We all have day jobs, but we are working together to bring an incredible group of people to one city, for yet another unforgettable, highly entertaining festival experience.
Our aim is to offer a high quality startup conference, bridging North America, Europe, and beyond. The focus of the International Startup Festival is to provide visibility for the international startup community, by hosting an event that will attract not only some of the most innovative and promising startups, but investors and customers from across the globe. If you would like to join our team, feel free to reach out!
DAVE MCCLURE (CO-HOST)
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Highlights of Startupfest 2012
With a new high of 1200 people in attendance, Startupfest 2012 was all about Startups That Matter. All startups matter. Even more so than ever in 2012, startups are an important and growing part of the economy. But some startups are doing things that have an impact not just on the economy, but also on society as a whole.
2012 Video Sizzler
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Highlights of Startupfest 2011
Startupfest 2011 was our inaugural event. It was all about startups and having fun! The 2011 International Startup Festival was a big hit with over 1000 registered participants from all over the world.
2011 Video Sizzler
Interactive Artwall 2011
Video of 2011 Artwall
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A Startup Patron is a person who is doing their part to support the startup community. While we have made the registration fee as inexpensive as possible, not all startups are in a position to be able to afford this fee. And because this event is all about the startups, we want to give each one the chance to attend. So we created a special ticket for the Festival; the “Startup Patron” ticket. For every Patron ticket we sell, a “Starving Startup” gets into the event for free. We’ve all been there, you know what its like to need a mentor/patron. Patrons will be matched with the startups they sponsor, they will be recognized on the website as a Patron, and they will be mentioned at the event.
Become a Startup Patron and add yourself to the list below!
Thank you to our very first Startup Patrons:
Joshua Baer from Return Path and Capital Factory
Roger Chabra from Rho Canada Ventures
Martin Dufresne from Wavefront
François Sauvageau from Deloitte
Massimo Iamello from Deloitte