Startupfest really is all about startups

If you’re a startup, don’t miss the festival.

There are plenty of startup-focused events for an early-stage company to attend. But none of them are quite like Startupfest. It’s a unique blend of hard content, unmatched networking, and eye-opening inspiration. Startups from around the world journey to Montreal each year for the event; we think you should, too.

It’s hundreds of investors, analysts, journalists and peers in one place. Where else can you talk to a hundred prospects, pitch a dozen investors, and scout close competitors in just three days?

It’s the perfect place to hone your pitch, share your story and get funded. There is over $200,000 worth of funding to be awarded through our prizes alone!

Most startups don’t know what they’ll be when they grow up. The perfect pivot is just a conversation away, and the festival’s distinctly non-conference format gets you thinking outside the box.

Startup opportunities


Check out the winners from Startupfest 2015!

We always have amazing prizes for our talented startups. Over $200,000 worth of funding and services are awarded at the Festival through the organized prizes alone.
Here are some of the prizes that were up for grabs during Startupfest 2015:

The $100K Investment Prize
Open to all startups at the event, this prize comes in the form of a friendly convertible debenture. Find the $100k judges in their tent all afternoon Thursday, July 16th.

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

FounderFuel Prize
Pitch to FounderFuel Mentors as well as the FounderFuel team and vie for a spot in FounderFuel’s Fall 2015 Cohort. They will be found in the Accelerator tent, as well as identifiable around the festival. FounderFuel is a top-tier Mentor driven accelerator that helps early stage web, mobile, and SaaS startups raise seed capital.

The Next 36 Top Student Entrepreneur Award
Pitch to N36 alumni and mentor judges for your chance to win an exclusive founder spot in the 2016 Cohort of The Next 36 - Canada’s premiere program for developing young entrepreneurs. Reps from The Next 36 will be in the Accelerator tent on July 16 from noon-2pm and roaming the Festival at large. This opportunity is open to any senior post-secondary student or recent grad who can impress the judges in two minutes or less. The award will be given to the individual entrepreneur with top venture / idea. Learn more about The Next 36 and schedule a meet-up with The Next 36 team while they are at Startupfest.

The Grandmother's Choice Award
Lineup to pitch to our infamous Grandmother judges! While Grandmothers are the fastest growing demographic in tech, our panel is now best known for choosing 2012′s winner, Onavo, who went onto to be acquired by Facebook for $150+ million. The “Grandmother’s Choice Award” is also open to all Startups registered for the Festival.

Videotron Business Solutions/ MAtv Prize
Three Quebec-based start-ups will be chosen from hundreds of applicants and will have the opportunity to pitch to Quebecor Media, Videotron Business Solutions and MAtv judges. Prizes will include a free workspace for three months at Maison Notman as well as exposure in various media (Journal de Montreal, MAtv channel and social networks). A total value of over $30,000. Videotron Business Solutions and MAtv are proud to support entrepreneurs in the province of Quebec.Make sure to pitch to the 100K judges to be eligible for this prize.

Ship it at Shopify!

Use the hashtag #ShopifyExperience to tell your Montreal story, and re-tweet the contest post from @Shopify and @StartUpMTL on July 14th. You could win an all inclusive trip to Shopify HQ for you and up to 3 colleagues to participate in our next Hack Days!To enter, participants must retweet @Shopify’s original tweet, tweet about a Montreal experience and include the hashtag #ShopifyExperience.

Best Pitch
Chosen from hundreds of applications, twelve startups take the stage and pitch for the bragging rights of having the Best Pitch, as determined by an expert panel of judges.

Audience Choice Award
Open only to the twelve selected startups, this year we will ask the community to vote on their favourite startup.


Startupfest is a great place to make new connections. People from all sides of the startup community join us to celebrate entrepreneurship, including investors. Who knows? You might find yourself having drinks with someone interested in funding your startup.

Media Visibility

Startupfest gets media coverage in major newspapers, television and countless industry blogs and websites. It’s a great place to showoff your startup and get the exposure you’re looking for.

Demo Tables

Want a little more visibility at the Festival? Startupfest sells a limited number of 24"x24" demo tables. They’re great for launching your product; showing off your technology in a prime location for all to see. Each demo ticket gets you a demo table for 1 day at the Festival and comes with a pass to the event.


There are infinite learning opportunities at the Festival. Between the keynotes, workshops, panels, Q&A sessions and the sheer amount of networking opportunities, there’s relevant, compelling content around every corner.