Meet the lovely Grandmother Judges

Our grandmothers are back! After much success last year (and the year before that!), we realized that our grandmother judges are an invaluable component to the festival—they provided startups with unique standpoints, criticism and priceless tips. According to feedback from last year, this was both the hardest and most valuable judging that the startups experienced! …

Business Books You Should Be Reading According to Startupfest’s 70K Investment Prize Judges

The 70K Investment Prize Judges Pitch Their Favourite Business Books Each month we ask you, the Startupfest community, to share your stories about living the startup life. This time, with the announcement that at $70k, this year’s Investment Prize is bigger than ever, we thought the best way to learn about the judges is to …

The Startupfest 2013 artwall embodies our “startup stories” theme

When we inaugurated Startupfest a mere 3 years ago, we wanted to create a different experience than what you would typically expect from a tech conference: so we brought you an “artwall.” The notion of using a collaborative piece of art was such a big success, that we’ve made a bit of a tradition out …

Why should Montréal, Startupfest’s hometown, be considered one of the world’s top 20 startup ecosystems?

What makes for a thriving startup ecosystem? In the coming months we’ll be taking you inside both established and emerging startup hubs around the world, talking to the people making startup history and getting to the bottom of what makes each city’s startup story unique. This month we zoom in on Montreal and find out …

Video Interview: entrepreneur and Lean Workshop co-host Alistair Croll Discusses Lean Analytics Startups

As you may already know, the Startupfest Lean Workshop is part of our “2 extra days of Startupfest” initiative. For the first time, we’re offering a full day of activities before the Fest’s opening party on Wednesday, July 10th. One of these activities is the Startupfest Lean Workshop, where our lineup of entrepreneurs and experts …

What’s the scoop on the Startupfest Lean Workshop? Interview with “Lean Entrepreneur” authors

2 out of 4 Workshop hosts As you may or may not know, the Startupfest Lean Workshop is part of our “2 extra days of Startupfest” initiative. For the first time, we’re offering a full day of activities before the Fest’s opening party on Wednesday, July 10th. One of these activities is the Startupfest Lean …

The low-down on our biggest prize & its judges: the Startupfest $70k Investment Prize

Things are bigger and better this year at Startupfest: first we’re giving you two extra days of startup fun, and now we’re bringing you the largest investment prize in Startupfest history! That’s right, the Investment Prize judges are back, and this year $60k is up for grabs. And the best part? Any badged and attending …

Interested in grabbing a tent or demo table at our Open House? Startups, here’s your chance!

In addition to all the rich content available at Startupfest, this year we’re adding a FREE Open House day on the Saturday following the Festival itself. Simply put: this initiative means that the Startupfest Tent Village will be open to the general public free of charge on July 13th from 10am-3pm. However, many of the …

Interview with Shopify CPO Startupfest “break-out” session speaker Harley Finkelstein!

Harley Finkelstein is an entrepreneur, lawyer, and the Chief Platform Officer (CPO) at Shopify. He started his first company when he was 17 and has been building startups ever since. Harley completed his law degree as well as his MBA at the University of Ottawa, where he co-founded the JD/MBA Student Society and the Canadian …