A look back at a decade of Startupfest

For the last decade, Startupfest has connected founders and ecosystem players to help them build world-class companies. But inspiring, connecting and supporting startup founders are table stakes for any Startup event. Startupfest has always differentiated itself from other events by creating spectacular festival environments, being openly inclusive, and taking risks to do new and interesting things. We’re known for hands-on content and unexpected formats, from elevator pitches in actual elevators, to assembling fleets of boats, to our grandmother judges.

Check out the past Startupfests over the last ten years!

The Tent Village – a Startupfest staple

The Tent Village is an environment that encourages people to look away from their screens, and make real-time connections. We have over 30 tents, ranging from themed sectors, to demo spaces, pitch competitions and geographic divisions. The Tent Village puts you in the same physical space, with all of the people you want to meet.

The speakers & mentors

Well over 1,000 speakers have taken the stage in the last decade and given of their time generously to inspire and educate our Startupfest community.

Alexis Ohanian

Co-founder, Reddit

Kara Swisher

Executive Editor, Re/code

Tobias Lütke

Founder, Chief Executive Officer, Shopify

Kat Manalac

Partner, Y Combinator

Anil Dash

CEO, Glitch

Monique Woodard

Managing Director, Cake Ventures
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"So much energy at Startupfest... Amazing founders, funders and great connections. One of the best events I’ve ever been part of."

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Premium Fests

We introduced the Startupfest Premium Fests in order to deliver more specialized content for the different groups within the ecosystem. Year after year we’ve expanded them to cover unique members of the community (think Scaleups or Accelerators), as well as different verticals within the industry. See all past Premium Fests.


Elevator World Tour: Paris, Toronto, Tel Aviv and Hong Kong (4 editions)

The elevator pitch competition came from the notion that it shouldn’t take longer than the time needed for an elevator ride to communicate the important elements of one’s business. Having a powerful elevator pitch is critical for approaching investors, partners and potential customers and ultimately becoming a successful entrepreneur.

The Elevator World Tour™ is a series of events taking place in the world’s most impressive elevators, in the most innovative start-up cities, giving entrepreneurs the chance to garner investment and develop relationships with the most influential investors, advisors and accelerators around the globe. In each city, 100 burgeoning start-ups will compete for the chance to win an investment of up to $100,000. Check out the Elevator World Tour website.


Scaletech – produced in conjunction with Georgian

The Scaletech Conference is an annual, invite-only gathering of growth-stage founders, business pioneers, analysts, and hard-core technologists that focuses on finding asymmetric advantage through technology. Learn more on the Scaletech website.


Startup World Championships 2019 – the opportunity of a lifetime

Startup World Champions

The Startup World Championships (SWC) was a global competition for brilliant tech startups in 20 of the world’s most vibrant startup cities. From seed to growth, we heard from companies at every stage. One lucky winner from each city was flown to Montreal to attend and represent its hometown at Canada’s original startup event. All about the SWC.


The Startupfest Tour

From 2017 to 2019, we hosted 5 events in Sherbrooke, Gatineau, Shawinigan and Québec City, including the best elements of Startupfest–conferences, pitch competitions and networking opportunities–organized in other ecosystems in Québec.


Startup Experience

We partnered with leading accelerators and community champions in Montreal to host international startups for a period of 3 months. These startups truly got to immerse themselves in the Canadian startup ecosystem. From 2017 to 2019, StartupExperience.CA created and grew new relationships between startup communities on a global scale. The program built bridges between Montréal entrepreneurs and international communities, in a fun and dynamic way. Read about the Startup Experience.


ResolveTO 2017

Held in Toronto, ResolveTO combined Startupfest’s unique vibe with the power of enterprise. The event brought together the best of young startups and large organizations, for a look at innovation, disruption and emerging markets. Visit the ResolveTO website for more.


Montréal – Paris Startup Exchange 2016

Ten Parisian startups got the chance to spend a three month incubation period in Montréal while 10 Montréal startups were headed to Paris. Selected startups had access to all services offered by partnering incubators and accelerators and had the opportunity to make valuable connections with mentors, financial partners and investors. All about the Startup Exchange.


Past partners

Startupfest wouldn’t be possible without the support of our partners. From our presenting sponsors, to our tent champions, and community supporters, our partners are an integral part of our events, and a huge part of the startup ecosystem.

Past Partners

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