It takes a village…

At Startupfest, the Tent Village is one of the most unique and attractive aspects of the entire event.

Our goal is to create an environment that encourages people to look away from their screens and make real-time connections. We have a variety of tents ranging from demo spaces, to pitch competitions, and geographic divisions. There is no substitute for face to face interaction and our Tent Village facilitates this by putting you in the same physical space with all of the people you want to meet.

Unlike other events, where you’ll see a speaker onstage and then they’re whisked away to catch their flight, you can catch ours hanging out in the Tent Village, perhaps with a beer in hand, happy to talk and available for you to connect with. The Tent Village provides attendees with an unbeatable networking opportunity we promise you haven’t experienced anywhere else.

The 2022 Tent Village

July 13th (1PM – 5PM)
July 14th – 15th (10AM – 5PM)

Startupfest

$100K Best of the Fest Prize

Champion: Startupfest

A group of angel investors come together to award one startup with a $100K investment in the form of a convertible note. Open to any startup in attendance. No application or pre-registration required. Pitch on the main stage, at the prize tent, or anywhere onsite to an Investor Judge wearing a green lanyard. You have until Thursday, July 14th at 3:00 PM to impress at least one Investor Judge, and be shortlisted to get invited to the next round.

Learn more on how to participate in the $100K Best of the Fest Investment Prize!

$100K Women in Tech Prize

Champion: The Firehood

The Firehood is a movement focused on increasing the participation, leadership and prosperity of women in technology. We’ve teamed up with The Firehood to award one female-led startup with a $100K investment in the form of a convertible note. This prize is open to any female-led startup in attendance, and it’s in addition to the $100K Best of the Fest and the $100K Black Entrepreneurship Investment Prizes. No application or pre-registration required. Pitch on the main stage, at the prize tent, or anywhere onsite to an Investor Judge wearing a green lanyard. You have until the end of day Thursday, July 14th to impress at least one Investor Judge, and be shortlisted to get invited to the next round.

Learn more on how to participate in the $100K Women in Tech Investment Prize!

$100K Black Entrepreneurship Prize

Champion: FACE, Groupe 3737, and Rep Matters

FACE, Groupe 3737, and Rep Matters are on a mission to provide resources, guidance, and support for Black entrepreneurs and founders. We’ve teamed up to add a third $100K investment prize for the first time. The $100K Black Entrepreneurship prize is open to any Black-led startup in attendance, and it’s in addition to the $100K Best of the Fest and the $100K Women in Tech Investment Prizes. No application or pre-registration required. Pitch on the main stage, at the prize tent, or anywhere onsite to an Investor Judge wearing a green lanyard. You have until the end of day Thursday, July 14th to impress at least one Investor Judge, and be shortlisted to get invited to the next round.

Learn more on how to participate in the $100K Black Entrepreneurship Investment Prize!

The Investor Zone

Champion: DMZ

The Investor Zone, powered by the DMZ, is an invite-only event happening right here in the Tent Village on Wednesday, July 13th and Thursday, July 14th from 1:30pm to 5pm.

The Investor Zone gives top VCs and angel investors the opportunity to meet with high-growth startups from across Canada in one-on-one meetings to discuss fundraising, challenges, strategies, direction, and to share insights and expertise.

Apply to be a part Investor Zone!

Accelerator Lounge – Powered by AMEX

Champion: MAIN

Meet some of Canada’s leading technology Accelerators and Incubators, and see what they’re looking for in 2022. Come and hang out with the likes of Next AI, the DMZ, Creative Destruction Lab, and more!

This is also where you’ll find Next AI’s pitch competition to win an exclusive venture spot in the 2023 cohort of Next AI – Montréal!

CEIM

Champion: CEIM

An impact fund, personalized support services, an export program and a hub that is located in one of Montreal’s most vibrant neighborhoods, and that hosts an inspiring community of entrepreneurs… CEIM offers, under one roof, all the winning conditions to help you reach your full potential and propel your company’s growth.

Whether you are at the early stage or have strategic commercialization objectives, do drop by our stand to meet our experts and find out how they can help you achieve your long-term targets.

Besides, this will also be an opportunity for you to meet with some of our key partners or build connections with some of the most promising startups in our ecosystem.

Startup Montréal

Champion: Startup Montréal

Startup Montreal’s mission is to increase the existing potential of the Montréal startup ecosystem in two ways: to expand its reach and multiply its positive impact. The organization pilots collective and collaborative projects such as the Bourse+, the Fondatrices pre-accelerator and the Conciergerie, for the benefit of entrepreneurs and the entire innovation community.

Flavours of Montréal

Champion: PME MTL

Come and meet with our PME MTL experts! Whether you need advice on finalizing your business plan, seeking financing, management issues, recruiting or mentorship, our advisers are there to support both private-sector and social economy entrepreneurs.

BDC

Champion: BDC

Visit our tent to meet with BDC Venture Capital, Canada’s largest and most active venture capital investor! 

#SKtech Tent

Champion: Cultivator powered by Conexus and Co.Labs

#SKtech comes together for Startupfest 2022. We have brought the best & brightest companies from Cultivator powered by Conexus and Co.Labs to showcase the innovations coming out of SK. Come say hi!

Startup Atlantic

Champion: Startup Atlantic

Welcome to Startup Atlantic, where we are building the most connected, collaborative and livable tech ecosystem in the world.

Drop by our tent and connect with our founders, investors and business accelerators and incubators. We will explain why exceptional companies are able to do exceptional things in our region. Learn more here: startupatlantic.ca

Desjardins

Champion: Desjardins

At Desjardins, you’ll find a team of experts recognized for their support of start-up and growing businesses. We have the solutions to make your projects a reality and propel your business forward.

Desjardins is one of the only financial institutions to offer you a variety of support formulas and all possible financing options under one roof to better meet your needs and make your ideas a reality.

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Service Provider Zone

Champion: Startupfest

Here you’ll find a variety of service providers looking to connect with startups! From legal experts to accounting, these service providers are here to help and provide founders with valuable business advice.

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Startup Demo Zone

Champion: Startupfest

In this tent, you’ll find a variety of startups showcasing their products and what they’re working on.

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Networking Activations

Champion: Startupfest

Not a specific tent in the Village but all around the venue you’ll find activations prompting you to engage with your peers and make meaningful connections.

Find one of your Five Fresh Faces, use your phone to scan a Conversation Code, or take a Stroll with someone using our new app. The people you meet are what makes your Startupfest experience so memorable!