The 2022 Venue

The Startupfest experience has always been inseparable from its venue. Over the years, we’ve moved around Montreal’s iconic Old Port. Our first event repurposed an old pier used by customs and immigration, turning the long industrial space into a pair of stages. Even then, we drew inspiration from our surroundings, turning the huge freight elevator …

Health and safety at a Hybrid Startupfest 2020

By: Philippe Telio, Founder of Startupfest We ran an event July 15-16, 2020! That’s right, we ran an actual live event, with an actual stage and an actual, physical, in-person audience. And I’m proud to say we did it in a safe, healthy way, navigating dozens of unexpected challenges and managing tremendous uncertainty. Government regulations …

Startupfest 2020 – A hybrid event a decade in the making!

By: Philippe Telio, Founder of Startupfest The global pandemic we’re facing is far from over, which makes pulling off Startupfest 2020 two weeks ago that much more impressive. That’s right, we ran an actual live event, with an actual stage and an actual, physical, in-person audience. And I’m proud to say we did it in …

Announcing: Pitch from Home #PFH

In the decade since Startupfest first launched, we’ve accomplished many things. This  community of over 30,000 startups, investors, accelerators, and ecosystem leaders from around the globe has been our family. Three weeks ago we made the difficult—but absolutely necessary—decision to cancel Startupfest 2020. We’re glad we did; the wisdom of that decision has become more …

Resilience, safety, and creativity: Our response to the COVID-19 outbreak

With the world facing a health crisis surrounding the Novel Coronavirus, it’s clear that events of all stripes are going to have an unusual year. But survival favours those who can adapt. So here’s how we’re adapting. Our primary concern is the safety of our global community, our speakers, and our team. With that in …