All About the Business of Startups

The International Startup Festival puts a new spin on entrepreneurship each year with content ranging from back-of-the-napkin ideas to champagne-popping exits. Keynotes, interactive how-to-sessions, powerful lessons from battle-scarred founders, and the list goes on. There’s nothing quite like Startupfest!


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And the winners are...

After hundreds of pitches and hours spent waiting in line, we have our champions! Here are the winners for each prize: The $100K Investment Prize - Blynk Best Pitch - VanhawksMedia Pitch Prize - GymBirdsFounderFuel Fall 2014 Cohort - RedTree Robotics The Grandmother's Choice Award - Neuroscan Pro Videotron Business Solutions/ MAtv Prize - NavutideaBOOST Accelerator Prize - TunestarAudience Choice Award - VanhawksAudience Choice Award 2nd place- Neuroscan ProTwitter Pitch - Flight FoxHustle Prize - RecycodeYou can watch a video interview with the winner of the $100K Investment Prize here.Congrats to all our winners!


The Mentors

Swing by the Mentor tent open in the Tent Village on Thursday and Friday afternoons. Mentors are there to give you an opportunity to swing by and chat, get advice, and learn something new from one of our speakers/valued mentors at the Festival. While they're all highly accomplished- we've asked each of our mentors to let us know what they'd call their specialty. Find them in the Mentor tent in our Tent Village every afternoon!


The lowdown on our new additions: the ideaBOOST Accelerator Prize and MAtv Prize

Canada's only digital entertainment accelerator is offering one startup a guaranteed place in ideaBOOST's fourth cohort. Launched by the Canadian Film Centre, in partnership with Google, Shaw Media and Corus Entertainment, ideaBOOST is a business accelerator for technology platforms and interactive applications focused on enabling and enhancing the entertainment industry. You will find them in the Accelerator Tent from 1-4pm, on Thursday, July 10th. Like all pitch competitions at the fest, line up, and give your 1 minute pitch to a panel of ideaBOOST mentors and judges. Who are you keeping an eye out for? Ana Serrano, Chief Digital Officer, Canadian Film Centre Barnaby Marshall, Director of Creative Technology, Slaight Music Richard Stursberg, President, Aljess Videotron Business Solutions/ MAtv Prize Unlike all other prizes, this one is not an open call. Three Quebec-based start-ups will be chosen from hundreds of applicants and will have the opportunity to pitch to Quebecor Media, Videotron Business Solutions and MAtv judges. The $100k Prize Judges will be keeping an eye out for which startups should get the chance to pitch to Videotron on Friday, July 11th. Prize will include a free workspace for three months at Maison Notman as well as exposure in various media (Journal de Montreal, MAtv channel and social networks). A total value of over $30,000. Videotron Business Solutions and MAtv are proud to support entrepreneurs in the province of Quebec. If you have any questions regarding any of the prizes at Startupfest, email