Introducing our brand new venue for Startupfest 2019

Startupfest has had many homes, from a cruise ship terminal to a secluded oasis under grain silos to the iconic Old Port of Montreal to its own island—complete with a fleet of ships. We urge startups to push the envelope and try new things, and we’ve followed that advice ourselves, creating unimaginable spaces where you least expect them.

This year will be no exception. We’ve been working secretly on a home for the ninth edition of the event, searching for a place that offers room for our growing audience, spectacular views, and inspiring infrastructure we can transform.

This year, Startupfest will happen at Parc Jean-Drapeau on Île Notre-Dame. Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve is part of this spectacular park, and it’s where, fifty years ago, Montreal welcomed the world to Expo 67, showing the globe what might be possible in the coming century.

Parc Jean-Drapeau at a glance Parc Jean-Drapeau

Parc Jean-Drapeau

Getting to Startupfest

By Car

There will be parking available on Île Notre-Dame. You can follow the directions to 65 Chemin des Floralies.

By Taxi/Uber

You can direct your Uber/Teo Taxi/Taxi to the Île Notre-Dame, Montréal, QC. We will be located at 65 Chemin des Floralies.

By Public Transport

You can take the métro on the yellow line, which leaves about every 10 minutes or less from Berri-UQAM station. Get off at Jean-Drapeau station and from there, you can either enjoy a 15-minute walk overlooking beautiful Montreal or wait for our shuttle to take you to the entrance of our site!

Where should I stay?

The venue is easily accessible from the Old Port by car, bus, subway, and even bike. A basecamp in Montreal’s Old Port is perfect if you want to explore, what the city has to offer; you can also stay near the Berri-UQAM metro station for a quick trip on the métro underneath the St. Lawrence River, the river that connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes. No matter what you choose, you’ll have easy access to Montreal’s excellent public transit; amazing restaurants; and a ton of after-hour activities. You can find our recommended accommodation here.