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What is Startupfest?

Startupfest is Canada’s original startup conference. Founded in 2011, it has become the annual gathering at which entrepreneurs, investors, makers, large enterprises, industry veterans, and startup ecosystem players chart the course of technology entrepreneurship.

Startupfest has always put the startup ecosystem first, from its early days as a grassroots meetup to the iconic annual festival that transformed Montreal’s greatest venues into packed celebrations of founders and entrepreneurship. For over a decade, we’ve found ways to deliver meaningful interactions in unexpected ways that challenge the status quo—something that’s more necessary now than ever.

Startupfest 2022: July 13-15, Montreal

While we’re sure to find ourselves once again gathering under Montreal’s skies this summer, we’ve realized that meetings will never be the same again, online or off. So we’ve built a technology platform that encourages healthy, productive meetings with genuine contacts. It’s more than just a new way to connect—it’s a fresh approach to developing relationships.

Faced with huge challenges and massive opportunities, we need fresh starts for founders in Montreal and beyond; for the kinds of organizations we choose to create; and for society itself. We don’t want a new normal—we want a fresh start. That begins by sharing fresh ideas, making fresh contacts, taking fresh risks, and finding a fresh perspective. That’s what Startupfest is for.

What we’re looking forward to in our 12th edition

We will of course bring back the usual favorites: The Tent Village, and talks from founders and investors who’ve built amazing companies. But we’re adding some new things to the mix this summer:

  • Startup Strolls: We’re combining matchmaking with a newly-created mobile app designed specifically to connect founders, investors, and advisors in safe and healthy formats.
  • Engineered serendipity: It’s been a long time since we were face to face, and some of that hustle is gone. We’re here to bring it back, with networking designed to get you out of your comfort zone, safely, and connect you with fresh faces in surprising ways.
  • Prizes and funding: We’re bringing together founders, investors, and mentors for amazing, new opportunities to connect and secure funding for your business. We’ll have fan favourites like the 100K investment prize and the Grandmothers’ choice awards– plus so much more!

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Startupfest brings its unique blend of content, funding, and relationships back to the real world, offering fresh ways to connect with founders, investors, and advisors.

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Startupfest has always put the startup ecosystem first, and 2022 is no exception: Faced with huge challenges and massive opportunities, the startup community needs fresh starts for founders in Montreal and beyond. Meetings will never be the same again, but we need to be able to connect in genuine ways again. That’s why Startupfest invites you to gather in Montreal from July 13-15, 2022. They’ve built a technology platform that encourages healthy, productive, in-person meetings. It’s more than just a new way to connect—it’s a fresh approach to develop relationships.

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