AGENDA

July 10

8:00 AM GMT-4

Startupfest

Doors Open with Breakfast

Doors officially open for Startupfest. Premium Fest participants may have earlier start times; consult your Premium Fest agenda details. See More.
BDC Women in Technology BootCamp

BDC’s Women in Technology Bootcamp

The Women in Tech Bootcamp has been a staple in Startupfest’s Premium Fests for 5 years. Hosted by BDC Capital’s Thrive Venture Fund, this half-day event is looking to connect women founders and leaders of technology companies with the resources they need to grow their businesses. See More.

9:00 AM GMT-4

STARTUPFEST VF

Welcome to Startupfest VF: The World Is at Your Fingertips!

Pascale Audette, President of the Board of Québec Tech and seasoned entrepreneur, kicks things off. See More.
Co-founder
Agetech Capital
Founder & President
STARTUPFEST - Elevator World Tour - FWD50
Startupfest Village

Accelerator Zone Open

Find all accelerators and incubators in one place! See More.
Startupfest Village

Braindate Lounge Open

The perfect platform and space for knowledge sharing and connecting with peers. See More.
Startupfest Village

Investor Lounge

A Startupfest first, the Investor Lounge, brought to you by Espace CDPQ, offers the investment community a private space to meet and mingle. Open to registered attendees of GPFest and LPFest. See More.
Startupfest Village

Startup Services Zone Open

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. See More.
Startupfest Village

Startupfest Village Open

9:05 AM GMT-4

STARTUPFEST VF

Making Quebec a Leading Platform For Tech Startups

Richard Chénier, Executive Director of Québec Tech, highlights the key strategies that will enable Quebec to deploy its full potential and establish itself as a world leader in technology entrepreneurship. See More.
Quebec’s Chief Innovation Officer
Conseil de l'innovation du Québec
General Manager
Québec Tech

9:30 AM GMT-4

Startupfest

Meditation Break in the Zen Zone

Enjoy a meditation break, a moment dedicated to inner peace, body and mind thanks to YogaTribes. Come relax in the Zen Zone and let yourself be guided through simple but profound meditation and breathing techniques. These sessions are open to all! See More.
STARTUPFEST VF

Canadian growth and the challenges of international expansion: the story of Dialogue.

Anna Chif, co-founder of Dialogue, reveals the winning strategy that has propelled Dialogue to the position of telemedicine leader in Canada, overcoming barriers in the healthcare sector. See More.
Co-founder
Dialogue
Technology and Innovation Director
Banque Nationale
Startupfest

TechPoutine Live with Sophie Boulanger

Come and watch a live recording of the TechPoutine podcast with Canadian technology veterans Gabriel Sundaram, Ian Jeffrey, Nectarios Economakis and Eleonore Jarry (currently on maternity leave). The show is four friends getting together and talking about the latest in Canadian tech. See More.

9:50 AM GMT-4

STARTUPFEST VF

From Global Success to Strategic Investment: The Dual Career of Julie Lacasse and Frédéric Bastien

Serial entrepreneurs Julie Lacasse and Fred Bastien share their inspiring stories of exporting their companies internationally. But that's not all! Now venture capitalists, they reveal their investment vision and the key criteria they examine. Thanks to this dual role, they can provide you with invaluable insights! See More.
Managing Partner
Amiral Ventures
Venture Partner
Amiral Ventures

10:00 AM GMT-4

Startupfest

Workshop: Subversive Marketing

How to craft novel go-to-market strategies that give you an unfair advantage and put your competitors on the defensive. See More.
Chair
STARTUPFEST - Elevator World Tour - FWD50
Startupfest

Startup Showcase

The Startup Showcase on the Startupfest Pitch Stage will be run as a series of 4 separate showcases, each with a unique vertical or focus. More info on the pitching startups coming soon! See More.

10:10 AM GMT-4

STARTUPFEST VF

The Floor is Yours! We're Playing "Ask Me Anything... About Exporting"

Dominic Gagnon and Anne Martel lend themselves to the game of answering burning questions about the international success of their companies. See More.
Managing Director at Keira Capital | Serial Entrepreneur | Co-founder at Element AI
CEO
Connect&GO

10:40 AM GMT-4

STARTUPFEST VF

Mastering Cultural and Regulatory Challenges to Conquer Global Markets

Alongside Nathalie Morin of Polystyvert and Kalthoum Bouacida of AQC Capital, discover how a deep understanding of cultural nuances can transform your business approach and catalyze your startup's success abroad. See More.
President and CEO
Polystyvert Inc.
Partner
AQC Capital

11:00 AM GMT-4

STARTUPFEST VF

Debate! The United States: An Unavoidable Market for Quebec Exports

We share one of the world's largest borders with our neighbors to the south. 63.4% of our Canadian exports go to the U.S... Everything points to the fact that the U.S. is unavoidable or even inevitable as the first market to explore in an export strategy. Our two teams of export-savvy entrepreneurs will debate this hot topic in an Oxford-style debate. Which team will influence or even change your opinion? Moderated by Étienne Crevier, this interactive segment is not to be missed! See More.
Cofounder & CEO
BRIDGR
CEO
Stay22
CEO
Heylist
Animator
Les Dérangeants
CEO & Co-founder
Local Logic
Startupfest Village

$100k Best of the Fest Investment Prize

Startupfest Village

$100k Black Entrepreneur Investment Prize

Startupfest Village

$100k Women in Tech Investment Prize

Startupfest Village

$25k Impact Grant

Startupfest Village

$50k Student Entrepreneur Investment Prize

Startupfest Village

2SLGBTQIA+ Investment Prize

Startupfest Village

Grandmothers Choice Award

11:40 AM GMT-4

STARTUPFEST VF

Tech Has No Borders

For Simon De Baene, co-founder and CEO of Workleap, a technological product has no borders, and exporting is an integral part of its DNA. See More.
CEO
Workleap

12:30 PM GMT-4

Startupfest

Meditation Break in the Zen Zone

Enjoy a meditation break, a moment dedicated to inner peace, body and mind thanks to YogaTribes. Come relax in the Zen Zone and let yourself be guided through simple but profound meditation and breathing techniques. These sessions are open to all! See More.

12:40 PM GMT-4

Startupfest

Remote Keynote: Winning Body Language For Rock Star Confidence

Got that big meeting and need to know you or your team can knock it out of the park? See More.
Founder
TRUTHPLANE

1:00 PM GMT-4

HardtechFest

Welcome to HardtechFest

Join Content Co-Chairs, Stuart Kozlick and Laurence Audette-Lagueux, as they welcome you to the first edition of HardtechFest. See More.
Founder & CEO | Fractional Executive | Partner
Kozlick Medical | CYLAD
General Manager
Garage & co
Startupfest

Right Here, Right Now: What Comes After the Attention Economy?

Right here, right now is where you consume Everything, Everywhere, All At Once. We live at the receiving end of endless information, a flood that's about to become a torrent thanks to Generative AI. See More.
Chair
STARTUPFEST - Elevator World Tour - FWD50
Truth & AI

The E-Lightenment Era

Are we coming out of the cognitive dark age into a new dawn, or will AI drive us more deeply into obfuscated intellectual darkness? See More.
Founder
The Society Library

1:05 PM GMT-4

HardtechFest

The Pulse of the Canadian Hardtech Ecosystem

Dive into the heart of the hardtech ecosystem with our keynote address. We'll shed light on the Canadian hardtech landscape, the reality of engaging with VCs, and realities of raising capital as a hardtech startup. A must-see for anyone looking to understand where the industry is now and where it's going. See More.
General Partner
Panache Ventures

1:20 PM GMT-4

HardtechFest

Forging the Future: Pioneering Sustainable Hardtech

Explore the transformative power of hard tech in fostering a sustainable future in our dynamic talk. See More.
Partner
SOSV
Partner & Chief Science Officer
HAX

1:25 PM GMT-4

Startupfest

A Look Inside the Early-Stage Startup Ecosystem’s New Era of Innovation

Against the backdrop of ongoing market turbulence, it’s never been a better time to be an early-stage founder. See More.
Chief Investment Officer
Techstars

1:30 PM GMT-4

Truth & AI

The Business of Truth

Let's get real: truth may not have a great business model - or can it? Join us for a panel in which we dive into the business of truth: what is it? See More.
Founder
The Society Library
Head of Design
Forum Ventures, AI Studio
University Librarian
Concordia University
Partner
Inovia Capital
Founding Partner
Highline Beta
Startupfest

Startup Showcase

The Startup Showcase on the Startupfest Pitch Stage will be run as a series of 4 separate showcases, each with a unique vertical or focus. More info on the pitching startups coming soon! See More.
Chief Operating Officer
The Logic

1:35 PM GMT-4

HardtechFest

Innovating Health: Hardtech's Frontline

Witness the cutting-edge of healthcare as three innovative companies pitch their solutions designed to revolutionize patient care, diagnostics, and wellness. This session showcases the latest in health-focused hardtech, highlighting the potential for technology to transform lives. See More.
CEO
Totum Tech
CEO
Cortech Sports
President
IMPACK CPR inc.

1:50 PM GMT-4

Startupfest

Meet Your 2024 Mentor Faculty!

We have amassed an incredible group of founder, experts, investors, accelerators and authors to help you solve your most pressing problems - we can't wait to introduce them to you! See More.
HardtechFest

From Concept to Market: The Hardtech Journey

Join us for a deep dive into the unique challenges and opportunities facing hardtech startups as they grow within the Canadian ecosystem. From the complexities of navigating regulatory landscapes to harnessing the potential of emerging technologies, our panel of industry experts will share invaluable insights, strategies, and real-world experiences. Don't miss this opportunity to gain a greater understanding of what it takes to thrive in one of the world's most dynamic startup environments. See More.
CEO
BXVentures
Executive Director
V1 Studio
Senior Product Lead
dcbel
Technical Director - BioMedTech
INO
Founder
LATYS Intelligence

1:55 PM GMT-4

Startupfest

Mentor Roundtables: Let's Solve Your Problems

Every startup must master a range of skills, from hiring and selling, to delivering products, to crafting superb communications that compel and entice. See More.
Head of Marketing
Kumospace
President & CEO
Tarari, Inc.
Managing Partner
Deep Future
Founder, Head of Strategy & Research
The Difference Engine
Advisor & Coach
Pidari
Founder
Reason Street
President
ThinkersOne
Board Member
rocket50
Co-Founder
Good Future
Co-Founder
In Good Company
Principal
Hustle Fund
CEO, Co-Founder
SOMMS.AI
Senior Director, Product
Alchemist Accelerator
Managing Director
Alchemist Accelerator
CEO & Founder
SuccessionMatching
Founder, CEO
The Carbonauts & Wearehappytoserveyou.com
Impactful Venture Builder
Co-Created
Founder
Enjoy the Work
General Partner
Enjoy the Work
Director of Brand Strategy
X/Twitter - Europe, Middle East & Africa
General Partner
Enjoy the Work
Strategist and Marketer
Formerly StealthTest by nameless (acquired Dec 2023)
Founder/CEO (exited)
Felix Capital Corp
Partner
Real Ventures
General Partner
Enjoy the Work
Principal
Chiusano & Daughter
Early-stage investor
Computer operator
Harper Rules LLC
Chief Coaching Officer
Propel
Partner
Diaspora Ventures
President
Mostly Perfect
Managing Partner
Storytime Capital
Founding Partner & CEO
Highline Beta

2:10 PM GMT-4

Truth & AI

Embracing an AI-First Approach in Startups

The transformative power of AI in business is undeniable, necessitating a shift towards an AI-first strategy for every startup. See More.
CEO & Cofounder
Mebot AI Corp

2:30 PM GMT-4

HardtechFest

For Climate Problems There Are Hardtech Solutions

Achieving net zero is our paramount challenge, one that can't be tackled solely through SaaS. Scaling up climate hardware solutions is critical if we want to reach our climate goals. Join us for this session featuring visionary entrepreneurs who will give us hope for a brighter future. See More.
Chief Executive Officer
FeX Energy
CEO
Altiro Energy

2:35 PM GMT-4

Truth & AI

When We Talk About AI, We're Talking About Values

Shingai's not trying to sell you on Blockchain, but if we imagine a future with AI agents— See More.
Head of AI Education
ChainML

3:00 PM GMT-4

Truth & AI

A Truthier World

Reasoning Engines, Collective Human Super Intelligence, and the Parenting of AI. See More.
Founder/Inventor
Everileaf
Founder/Inventor
Goodly Labs
Public Editor

3:05 PM GMT-4

HardtechFest

Where Does All the Money Go? Decoding Financing for Hardware Startups

Unlock the secrets of securing hardtech funding in "Where does the money go?" A must-attend panel for startups aiming to understand the investor mindset. Find out what makes a startup bankable, from investment criteria to strategic positioning. Learn directly from financial experts and top hardtech investors how to prepare your venture for success. This session offers the tools to transform your startup into an attractive investment, bridging innovation with financial viability. See More.
Funding Expert
Fundica
Partner
Brightspark Ventures
Founding partner
i4 Capital
VP Growth
Tangent Design Engineering Ltd
Partner
Tangible Venture Partners
Managing Partner
Front Row Ventures

3:25 PM GMT-4

Startupfest

Closing Your Seed Round: Tactical Tips For Fundraising

In this talk, we will cover a practical toolkit for orchestrating a seed raise. Specifically, we will cover the nuts and bolts around key elements for fundraising preparation, outreach, meeting effectiveness, and closing. See More.
Managing Director
Alchemist Accelerator
Truth & AI

How Are AI Companies Dealing With the Problem of Truth?

If you put an infinite number of monkeys in a room, they might write Shakespeare. See More.
Founder and CEO
Waverly
Senior Machine Learning Engineer
Ground News
Founder
The Society Library
Principal Manager, Startup Programs
Mila – Quebec Artificial Intelligence Institute

3:45 PM GMT-4

HardtechFest

The Proof Is in the Concept : Three Scaleups Successfully Solving the Water Crisis (Presented by AquaAction)

The world’s water supply is finite – there is no new water – so, how can we protect this shared, precious resource? HardtechFest Community Partner,  AquaAction, presents their most innovative hardtech startups, working and succeeding in solving one of our most pressing crises, the preservation of fresh water.  See More.
President
AquaAction
CEO
Biocene
Co-founder and CEO
Ecofilter Tek
Founder
Independent Robotics

3:55 PM GMT-4

Startupfest

Building a Capital Efficient Startup

We’ll cover key metrics to think about, building a model, and what you can do to keep burn in check as you grow. See More.
Principal
Hustle Fund

4:00 PM GMT-4

HardtechFest

Oxford Debate: Hardtech Startups Are a Bad Investment

Securing a 10x boost in hardware financing proves challenging; it's less about venture capital and more about navigating the realm of corporate and project development. Join us for an engaging Oxford-style debate where venture capitalists and corporate development experts will go head-to-head, discussing the challenges and opportunities in funding hardware projects. Explore the role of venture capital versus corporate partnerships in driving innovation and navigating the complexities of hardware financing See More.
Partner
SOSV
Partner & Chief Science Officer
HAX
Rastaman
Triptyq Capital
Incubator Director, Angel Investor
Emera ideaHUB, Women's Equity Lab
Chairman
HardTech Investor Network
Partner - Deep Tech Venture Fund
BDC

4:05 PM GMT-4

Truth & AI

True That!

What truths did we discover? What rang true for you? Is truth attainable at all? Perhaps that's all up to you. See More.
Founder
The Society Library

4:25 PM GMT-4

Startupfest

From Founder to CEO

Ask a room full of investors to describe what makes a great founder, and the answers will be remarkably consistent. "Grit!" "Tenacity!" "Courage!" "Insight!" But then ask that same audience what makes a great CEO and the answers suddenly wildly shift from attributes to skills. See More.
Founder
Enjoy the Work

4:45 PM GMT-4

HardtechFest

How Should We Start?

Chair, Stuart Kozlick is joined by Hardtech veteran, Nicholas Nadeau for a fireside chat on what it will take to build a thriving hardtech ecosystem for startups and innovators. See More.
Founder & CEO | Fractional Executive | Partner
Kozlick Medical | CYLAD
CTO
SmartOne

4:55 PM GMT-4

Startupfest

That's a Wrap on Day 1!

Join Alistair as he recaps the day and tells you what we have instore for day 2! See More.
Chair
STARTUPFEST - Elevator World Tour - FWD50

5:00 PM GMT-4

HardtechFest

Closing Remarks

General Manager
Garage & co
Startupfest Village

Startupfest Kick Off Party

Sponsored by MNP and Miller Thompson. See More.

July 11

8:00 AM GMT-4

Startupfest

Doors Open with Breakfast

Doors officially open for Startupfest. Premium Fest participants may have earlier start times; consult your Premium Fest agenda details. See More.

8:55 AM GMT-4

OceanFest

Welcome to the Montreal Port Authority

President and CEO
Port of Montreal

9:00 AM GMT-4

OceanFest

Opening keynote

The blue economy and indigenous communities See More.
Co-chair of the Board of Directors
National Indigenous Fisheries Institute
Startupfest Village

Accelerator Zone Open

Find all accelerators and incubators in one place! See More.
Startupfest Village

Braindate Lounge Open

The perfect platform and space for knowledge sharing and connecting with peers. See More.
Startupfest Village

Investor Lounge

A Startupfest first, the Investor Lounge, brought to you by Espace CDPQ, offers the investment community a private space to meet and mingle. Open to registered attendees of GPFest and LPFest. See More.
Startupfest Village

Startup Services Zone

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. See More.
Startupfest Village

Startupfest Village Open

9:15 AM GMT-4

OceanFest

Welcome to OceanFest- Ambition 2035

Together, we can grow Canada’s ocean economy by 5X by 2035! Canada has the longest coast line in the world and 4 major cities are in the top 30 Blue Economy startup ecosystem ranking. Discover how you can help us move the needle and change the way we interact with our ocean utilizing the best technologies and talents. See More.
Chief Growth & Investment Officer
Canada’s Ocean Supercluster
Chief Executive Officer 
Canada’s Ocean Supercluster

9:20 AM GMT-4

OceanFest

Ocean Global Ecosystem Showcase

Canada is revolutionizing the blue economy by adapting to industry needs and nurturing a dynamic startup ecosystem. Featuring representatives from La Zone Bleue, Canada’s Ocean Supercluster, COAST, and Oneka Technologies, this session will delve into the strategies and collaborative efforts that are driving growth and sustainability in the ocean sector. Discover how these organizations support startups, address global ocean opportunities, and position Canada as a blue economy leader. See More.
CEO
La Zone Bleue, Novarium
Executive Director
Ocean Startup Project
Director of Strategic Engagement
COAST
Chief Innovation Officer
Oneka Technologies
Chief Executive Officer 
Canada’s Ocean Supercluster

9:30 AM GMT-4

Startupfest

Meditation Break in the Zen Zone

Enjoy a meditation break, a moment dedicated to inner peace, body and mind thanks to YogaTribes. Come relax in the Zen Zone and let yourself be guided through simple but profound meditation and breathing techniques. These sessions are open to all! See More.
LPFEST

LPFest

LPFest is an exclusive gathering for High Net Worth Individuals (HNI), Family Offices (FO) and Institutional Investors to explore innovative investment strategies and network with industry leaders. See More.

9:35 AM GMT-4

Startupfest

Remote Keynote: The Growth Priority

People want to do the right thing. But in a complicated and confusing world filled with contradictions, no one’s sure what the right thing is. Spoiler Alert: The focus needs to be growth. Personal growth to team growth to organizational growth. I’ll share how you can achieve it. See More.
Founder & Chief Creative Officer
Church+State

9:50 AM GMT-4

OceanFest

Investing in the Blue Economy

The blue investment landscape is quite different than in other tech sectors. In the Blue Economy, Europe is leading the way. In North America, CleanTech VCs are slowly capturing this new growth opportunity. Discover the emerging trends with top investors in the field. See More.
EVP
Novarium
Managing Partner
Propeller VC
Partner, BDC Capital | Industry, Clean Energy & Technology Funds and Sustainability Venture Fund
BDC
Head of Cycle H2O Fund
Senior Partner
Cycle Capital
VP Banking, RBCx
Royal Bank of Canada

9:55 AM GMT-4

Startupfest

Welcome Back!

Welcome back! Join us as we kick off day 2! See More.
Chair
STARTUPFEST - Elevator World Tour - FWD50

10:00 AM GMT-4

Startupfest

Impact Showcase Expert Panel

Managing Director, Thrive Lab
BDC
Founder, CEO
The Carbonauts & Wearehappytoserveyou.com
Co-Founder & Managing Partner
Audaxa Ventures
Founding Partner
Capital M Ventures
Executive Director
League of Innovators
Co-Founder & Managing Partner
Accelia Capital
Startupfest

Deep Future

The so-called Tech Industry is overwhelmingly a Software Industry. This has been a great ride, but there are a lot of important problems that won't be solved with just software. See More.
Managing Partner
Deep Future
Startupfest Village

Startup <> Investor Match-Ups

The Startup <> Investor Match-Ups, powered by Cultivator, gives top VCs a chance to meet with high-growth startups from across Canada in one-on-one meetings (20 mins) to discuss fundraising, challenges, strategies, direction, and to share insights and expertise. See More.

10:25 AM GMT-4

Startupfest

Impact Showcase, in Partnership With BDC's Thrive Lab

BDC's Thrive Lab will be hosting a stage at Startupfest for women in the Impact space. See More.
Managing Director, Thrive Lab
BDC

10:30 AM GMT-4

Startupfest

Do as I say, not as I did

In the startup world, we mostly hear about the success stories. To a startup, "be like Netflix" is pretty hard if you're not Reed Hastings in the late nineties. What's really valuable, however, is tales of honest failure. See More.
Head of Marketing
Kumospace
Senior Director, Product
Alchemist Accelerator
CEO & Founder
SuccessionMatching
Founder
Paper

10:45 AM GMT-4

OceanFest

Ocean Smart Nature Showcase

When it comes to our deep understanding of nature and oceans, indigenous communities have been leading the way for centuries. We still have much to learn! Discover amazing ventures and technologies coming from top Canadian indigenous communities. See More.
Principal / Owner
Pokiok Associates
Chief Engagement and Communications Officer
Canada's Ocean Supercluster
Chief Operating Officer
NIFI TECH CORP
President
Stevens Solutions & Design Inc. 3D Wave Design

11:00 AM GMT-4

Startupfest Village

$100k Best of the Fest Investment Prize

Startupfest Village

$100K Black Entrepreneur Investment Prize

Startupfest Village

$100k Women in Tech Investment Prize

Startupfest Village

$25k Impact Grant

Startupfest Village

$50k Student Entrepreneur Investment Prize

Startupfest Village

2SLGBTQIA+ Investment Prize

Startupfest Village

Grandmothers Choice Award

11:15 AM GMT-4

OceanFest

Leveraging Ocean AI

From Seaweed farming to coral restoration all the way to marine biotech and smart navigation, AI is at the forfront of the Blue Economy revolution. Discover actionable AI applications - an ocean of opportunities, litterally - and discuss the main entry barriers for industry partners and startups trying to scale. See More.
CEO
Whale Seeker
Chief Growth & Investment Officer
Canada’s Ocean Supercluster
DeepSense/COVE Digital Ocean Research Chair
Dalhousie University
Director, Information and Technology Services
Halifax Port Authority
Senior Advisor, Partnerships
Mila – Quebec Artificial Intelligence Institute
Startupfest

From Attention - to Demand - to Profitability

Join an amazing panel of creators to learn how to create attention and turn it into profitable demand. See More.
Principal
Chiusano & Daughter
Co-Founder/CEO
Common Ace
Creator of Outfitgrid
Former Meta/ Instagram, Nike, Twitter
Co-Founder & COO
4AM SKIN

11:55 AM GMT-4

OceanFest

One Ocean - Going Global

Discover top global Blue Economy leaders and new innovative growth business models that are rapidly transforming the global landscape See More.
Partner & Deal flow and strategic partnerships
Blue Forward Fund
CEO
Braid Theory
Founder & Principal
Investable Oceans
Project Manager
Port de Montréal
Accelerator Program Manager
COVE

12:00 PM GMT-4

Startupfest Village

GP <> LP Match-Up Lunch

Brought to you by Pinch Talent, this private lunch for attendees of GPFest and LPFest is designed to foster meaningful discussions and partnerships between LPs and GPs in an informal setting. See More.
GPfest

GPFest

Our second annual GPFest presents a half-day of content and networking designed for venture capital investors. The goal of the conference is to educate, inspire and build community, with a special focus on creating more cross-border ties. See More.

12:15 PM GMT-4

Startupfest

Impact entrepreneurs’ lunch meetup

CIVIC is inviting all impact entrepreneurs to renew their positive energy at the impact startup meetup lunch. Come and share your lunch (BYO) at the reserved tables and meet purposeful peers, who shall inspire you and willing to be inspired by your impact mission! See More.

12:25 PM GMT-4

OceanFest

Closing Remarks

10 reasons to dive into the Blue Economy. Will you surf this giant wave with us. See More.
Chief Growth & Investment Officer
Canada’s Ocean Supercluster

12:30 PM GMT-4

Startupfest

Meditation Break in the Zen Zone

Enjoy a meditation break, a moment dedicated to inner peace, body and mind thanks to YogaTribes. Come relax in the Zen Zone and let yourself be guided through simple but profound meditation and breathing techniques. These sessions are open to all! See More.

1:00 PM GMT-4

Startupfest

TechPoutine Live with Julie Lacasse

Come and watch a live recording of the TechPoutine podcast with Canadian technology veterans Gabriel Sundaram, Ian Jeffrey, Nectarios Economakis and Eleonore Jarry (currently on maternity leave). The show is four friends getting together and talking about the latest in Canadian tech. See More.

1:10 PM GMT-4

Startupfest

Mentor Roundtables: Taboo Topics (back by popular demand!)

There's no such thing as a stupid question—but there are plenty of questions nobody asks, because they're taboo. See More.
Head of Marketing
Kumospace
President & CEO
Tarari, Inc.
Managing Partner
Deep Future
Founder, Head of Strategy & Research
The Difference Engine
Advisor & Coach
Pidari
Founder
Reason Street
President
ThinkersOne
Board Member
rocket50
Co-Founder
Good Future
Co-Founder
In Good Company
Principal
Hustle Fund
CEO, Co-Founder
SOMMS.AI
Senior Director, Product
Alchemist Accelerator
Managing Director
Alchemist Accelerator
CEO & Founder
SuccessionMatching
Founder, CEO
The Carbonauts & Wearehappytoserveyou.com
Impactful Venture Builder
Co-Created
Director of Brand Strategy
X/Twitter - Europe, Middle East & Africa
Strategist and Marketer
Formerly StealthTest by nameless (acquired Dec 2023)
Founder/CEO (exited)
Felix Capital Corp
Partner
Real Ventures
Principal
Chiusano & Daughter
Early-stage investor
Computer operator
Harper Rules LLC
Chief Coaching Officer
Propel
Partner
Diaspora Ventures
President
Mostly Perfect
Managing Partner
Storytime Capital
Founding Partner & CEO
Highline Beta

1:30 PM GMT-4

Startupfest

Startup Storytelling - How to Build Your Story

Founder
Enjoy the Work
Startupfest Village

Startup <> Investor Match-Ups

The Startup <> Investor Match-Ups, powered by Cultivator, gives top VCs a chance to meet with high-growth startups from across Canada in one-on-one meetings (20 mins) to discuss fundraising, challenges, strategies, direction, and to share insights and expertise. See More.
Startupfest

Startup Showcase

The Startup Showcase on the Startupfest Pitch Stage will be run as a series of 4 separate showcases, each with a unique vertical or focus. More info on the pitching startups coming soon! See More.

2:15 PM GMT-4

Startupfest

The 28 Questions All Investors Ask

General Partner
Enjoy the Work
General Partner
Enjoy the Work

2:25 PM GMT-4

Startupfest

Remote Keynote: Thinking More Strategically

Every professional, and every team, is inundated with short-term demands. But in order to be successful – and make sure we’re accomplishing the right things - we have to find a way to balance the ‘urgent’ with strategic, long-term thinking. Dorie shares several actionable strategies that you and your team can adopt today to become better strategic thinkers. See More.
Author
The Long Game, Entrepreneurial You, Reinventing You, and Stand Out

2:40 PM GMT-4

Startupfest

Investor AMA: Investing in Today's Climate

It's hard to read the current economic climate. Sustained inflation chased money from stocks into savings, while spooked investors fled a crypto collapse. Almost overnight, the launch of ChatGPT changed every startup product. See More.
Co-Founder
Good Future
Principal
Pender Ventures
Co-founder and Managing Partner
BKR Capital
Partner
Diaspora Ventures

2:45 PM GMT-4

Startupfest

A Framework for Complex Sales

General Partner
Enjoy the Work

3:15 PM GMT-4

Startupfest

Founder Panel - Time Machine Edition

General Partner
Enjoy the Work
Head of Accelerator & Startup Ecosystem
Google Canada
Founder & CEO
Tengiva
Founder & CEO
Shaddari Inc.

3:25 PM GMT-4

Startupfest

Subversive Go-to-Market Strategies

The biggest challenge a startup will face has nothing to do with product; it's getting anyone to care. In this talk, Emily explains the superpower that is subversive thinking. See More.
Director of Brand Strategy
X/Twitter - Europe, Middle East & Africa

3:45 PM GMT-4

Startupfest

CEOs - Learn How to Deliver Feedback

General Partner
Enjoy the Work

3:55 PM GMT-4

Startupfest

Your First Hires

Let's explore the intricacies of building your dream team from the ground up. From defining roles to assessing cultural fit and fostering growth, we'll uncover the key considerations that can shape the trajectory of your organization. See More.
EVP & Chief of Staff
SRTX

4:15 PM GMT-4

Startupfest

AMA All Things Capital Raising

General Partner
Enjoy the Work
General Partner
Enjoy the Work

4:25 PM GMT-4

Startupfest

How to Navigate Funding If You Are Addressing a Grand Challenge

With the clock ticking on our decade of action, a certain breed of funders is stepping away from isolated quick fixes and narrow tech-centric visions. See More.
Founder
Reason Street

4:55 PM GMT-4

Startupfest

That's a Wrap on Day 2!

Join Alistair as he recaps the day and tells you what we have instore for our final day! See More.
Chair
STARTUPFEST - Elevator World Tour - FWD50

July 12

9:30 AM GMT-4

Startupfest

Doors Open

Doors officially open for Startupfest. Premium Fest participants may have earlier start times; consult your Premium Fest agenda details. See More.

10:00 AM GMT-4

Startupfest Village

Braindate Lounge Open

The perfect platform and space for knowledge sharing and connecting with peers. See More.
ImpactFest

Welcome to ImpactFest

Host and Content Chair, Sylvain Carle, welcomes you to ImpactFest! See More.
Co-founding Partner
Agetech Capital
Investor & Advisor
CIVIC
Startupfest

The Game *invite only

Think you can be the world's best VC? Prove it at Startupfest. Join a high-stakes game of Swagger.vc, the competitive venture capital game. Fri Jul 12th 10-12pm at a secret location. A small number of interesting people will be giving out invites at the festival... See More.
AcceleratorFest

AcceleratorFest

AcceleratorFest is back for an 11th edition as a forum for discussions on best practices and challenges faced by those running acceleration programs. See More.
Executive Director & CEO
DMZ Ventures/ Zone Startups
Startupfest Village

Accelerator Zone Open

Find all accelerators and incubators in one place! See More.
Startupfest Village

Investor Lounge

A Startupfest first, the Investor Lounge, brought to you by Espace CDPQ, offers the investment community a private space to meet and mingle. Open to registered attendees of GPFest and LPFest. See More.
Startupfest Village

Startup Services Zone Open

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. See More.
Startupfest Village

Startupfest Village Open

10:10 AM GMT-4

ImpactFest

Shaping the Future: Insights and Inspirations from a Decade in Impact Innovation

Our opening keynote will share invaluable insights into the evolution of impact investing, hear real-world challenges and achievements and get a glimpse at where we're headed in this crucial space. See More.
Director, Private Investments
Eclipx Family Office

10:30 AM GMT-4

Startupfest

Meditation Break in the Zen Zone

Enjoy a meditation break, a moment dedicated to inner peace, body and mind thanks to YogaTribes. Come relax in the Zen Zone and let yourself be guided through simple but profound meditation and breathing techniques. These sessions are open to all! See More.
ImpactFest

The State of Impact Investing: What You Can’t Learn On the Internet

Join our panel of seasoned impact investors to find out what it takes to get them to write a check to an impact startup. See More.
Associate
Amplify Capital
Co-Founder & Managing Partner
Audaxa Ventures
Senior Associate, Private Investments
Rally Assets
Co-founding Partner
Agetech Capital
Startupfest

Oneka Meet-Up: Seeking Nature-Positive Collaborations

Oneka is an impact-driven company that uses the power of ocean waves to sustainably and affordably produce freshwater for coastal communities. Join us for an information exchange that will explore possibilities to collaborate together! See More.

10:45 AM GMT-4

Startupfest

Remote Keynote: Yes. You Need A Personal Brand

Oops. There goes the punchline. No matter who you are or what size your organization is, this Think:Idea is a requirement! In today’s world, brands who hide behind a logo are still asked where they stand on our greatest systemic and political issues. See More.
Author & Host
AmyTV

11:00 AM GMT-4

Startupfest

The Finals: $100k Best of the Fest Investment Prize

Come and cheer on the finalists vying for the $100k Best of the Fest Investment Prize. They'll be facing the investor judges in a live Q&A before they make their final decision on who will take away the prize! This will also be your opportunity to vote in the Audience Choice Award. See More.
Founder & President
STARTUPFEST - Elevator World Tour - FWD50
Startupfest Village

Grandmothers Choice Award

11:30 AM GMT-4

ImpactFest

The Entrepreneurial Impact Journey

This hard hitting panel will feature seasoned impact startup founders - join us to hear about their challenges, their successes and how they've paved the way for the next generation of impact founders. See More.
CEO and Chief Product Officer
dcbel
Chief Financial Officer
Polystyvert Inc.
Co-Founder
S&G Business Strategy
Founder, CEO
The Carbonauts & Wearehappytoserveyou.com

12:15 PM GMT-4

ImpactFest

Impact in Practice: 10 Tips in 10 Minutes

We're going to cap off our morning with key takeaways and actionable insights into what you can do today to deliver impact at scale. See More.
Chief Finance & Impact Officer
Oneka Technologies

12:25 PM GMT-4

ImpactFest

That's a Wrap!

The content may be over but the networking is just getting started! Head to the food trucks and take this time to get to know your fellow impact peers. See More.
Co-founding Partner
Agetech Capital
Investor & Advisor
CIVIC

12:30 PM GMT-4

Startupfest

Meditation Break in the Zen Zone

Enjoy a meditation break, a moment dedicated to inner peace, body and mind thanks to YogaTribes. Come relax in the Zen Zone and let yourself be guided through simple but profound meditation and breathing techniques. These sessions are open to all! See More.

1:00 PM GMT-4

Startupfest

The Finals: $100k Black Entrepreneur Investment Prize

Come and cheer on the finalists vying for the $100k Black Entrepreneur Investment Prize. They'll be facing the investor judges in a live Q&A before they make their final decision on who will take away the prize! See More.
Founder & CEO
Tribe Network

2:00 PM GMT-4

Startupfest

The Finals: $100k Women in Tech Investment Prize

Come and cheer on the finalists vying for the $100k Women in Tech Investment Prize. They'll be facing the investor judges in a live Q&A before they make their final decision on who will take away the prize! This will also be your opportunity to vote in the Audience Choice Award. See More.
Co-Founder
The Firehood
Co-Founder
The Firehood

3:00 PM GMT-4

Startupfest

Big Shot Live with Heather Reisman

Big Shot is an archive and celebration of Jewish entrepreneurs who took risks, overcame the odds, and created legendary businesses that changed the game. See More.
President
Shopify
Co-Founder
DAVIDsTEA, Firebelly Tea, and Mad Radish
Chief Executive Officer
Indigo Books & Music, Inc.

4:00 PM GMT-4

Startupfest

From Startup Success to VC Wisdom: Lessons Learned and Applied

Join Neil as he unveils the insights gained from his journey through three successful startups, that are shaping his investment strategy at Storytime Capital, a $17.5M early-stage fund founded in late 2022. See More.
Managing Partner
Storytime Capital

4:25 PM GMT-4

Startupfest

And the Winners Are...

Startups have been pitching for all of our amazing prizes over the last three days. Come and find out who's taking home the trophies! See More.
Founder & President
STARTUPFEST - Elevator World Tour - FWD50

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