Don’t miss any bite of Montréal Startupfest Week! #Carpediem or #FOMO?

MTL NewTech
8 min readJul 12, 2017


Little reminder of what’s waiting for you from the 12th 5PM to the 15th 5PM in Old Port

Startupfest is our yearly startup community pilgrimage, but there is more to it, much more…

We are so excited to see the Canadian startup ecosystems coming together to learn and celebrate in Montreal this week in the Old Port, right in front of the Science Center! And in the awesome Montreal-style hosting fashion, there is so so much to do, meet, learn, share, and party during this week that even ourselves at MTL NewTech got a little confused!! 🙀 So, let’s recap a bit, and if we forgot anything, ping us on Twitter or Facebook and we will make sure to add it to this list so that we all make the best out for Montreal Startupfest Week (it’s a thing, right?😇)

pssst: we will be hosting again this year the Montreal+Startups tent at Startupfest, drop by, join our #Startupfest #DareSF challenge with @QIMontreal & Cooperathon (you’ll see it’s fun!) and win a bunch of cool prizes, among them a flight to San Francisco (yep you read it right!)

TUESDAY — Montreal Startups Demoday:

First is #DemoMTL : Demos begin in the afternoon, with the best startups from the best incubators and accelerators in Quebec, who come to present to more than 1000 participants, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Metropolis in Montreal demo Day - 5 accelerators, a city, great ideas! And even better execution! Thanks for InnoCité MTL, District 3, Centech, Esplanade Montréal, et Espace-Inc.

Montreal Demoday :

Afterwards we moved east a few blocks to the Olympia Theatre Montreal from 4:30 pm to 8 pm for FounderFuel 2017 #FFDemoDay with 8 pitches from exciting startups and then continued to After Party at Kampai Garden in the Concordia ghetto.

FounderFuel Demoday :

WEDNESDAY — Startupfest VF:

This is the day at the Startupfest dedicated to the Francophone tech community. With an amazing line-up of speakers from all around our belle province! Come learn, share, and mingle with the best of our Quebec ecosystem! Huge thanks to LP Maurice for the curation! On bien hâte!!

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Wednesday 5PM, Thursday, Friday — Startup Fest!

The biggest startups event in Canada will be held this week in Montreal!
Get your ticket there’s still time! 3 days of world-class content and incredible networking!
Wednesday night is the launch of Startupfest.

PS: MTL NewTech has an awesome Montreal+Startups tent with our friends from Quartier de L’innovation so make sure you come to visit us!

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PS: please note that Startup Quebec is organizing a morning of intense discussions and actions to be taken to catalyze our ecosystem, if you feel you should be there, go bother ilias Benjelloun. It’s important to get there the builder of our ecosystem!

THURSDAY NIGHT — Party Time!!!

After a busy day at Startupfest, there is a whole series of networking events (i.e. partiiiiiees!!!) to celebrate this week of entrepreneurship and innovation for the Montreal new tech ecosystem

Startupfest Community Cocktail Party

Find us at @Notman for our Startupfest Community Cocktail Party dedicated in part to the recognition of the impressive work of the startups community champions (wait for it, some nice surprises coming up!).
Don’t miss the awesome people coming up, the FREE drinks (thanks Real Ventures!!😇) on the @Google for Entrepreneurs of OSMO Café at @Notman House!

5@8 | Notman House | FREE for everyone, few drinks included
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Kill The Silos — Bring VR/AR/Ai/Blockchain Together

If you love VR or AI or Blockchain, Desjardins Lab hosts an off-Startupfest event with visionaries from each sector will present, as well as a presentation on how to take advantage of complementarities of #AI, #VR, #AR and blockchain to build some kickass transformative awesomeness!

6@9 | Desjardins Lab | 5$ and FREE for Startupfest pass holders, few drinks included
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Launch of BornGlobal MTL

Let’s come together to push forward Montreal’s Born Global companies!
We invite you to bring to the table your questions, projects, experience as well as advise on how to do business abroad. It can range from a simple tip to connecting a community member with your international network. Everyone, entrepreneurs and international trade professionals alike, can contribute to raising awareness and helping the Montreal business community go global!

6@8 | Espace CDPQ| FREE for everyone, confirm with organizers
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Startupfest Happy Hour with SendGrid, GAN and Future Labs

You’ve networked all day, collected hundreds of business cards, and listened to countless brilliant speakers who have inspired you to grow your venture. Now, it’s time to unwind with the brightest startups, investors, and mentors in and around Startupfest. We all know that the PEOPLE you meet in the startup COMMUNITY are what will make or break you. Join SendGrid, GAN, Future Labs, and the Startupfest community for a fun-filled happy hour at WeWork Place Ville Marie.

6@8 | WeWork Place Ville Marie | FREE for Startupfest pass holders, few drinks included
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Not Another Montreal Startup Party!
Come on up to the GradeSlam Loft for a fun-filled night.
Enjoy complimentary food, drinks and great music with Montreal’s most vibrant tech entrepreneurs, innovators and creators all under one roof.
*There will be a free shuttle from StartupFest courtesy of our friends at*

6@10 - 100$ and FREE for Startupfest pass holders, food and few drinks included
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Healthy Work Mcgill

In innovation and health? @McGillinnov launch of Healthy Work McGill’s brain health innovation program, program program presentation and cocktail.

6@8 | WeWork | FREE for everyone
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Crew x Unsplash x Startupfest AfterParty!

Montreal Startupfest presents plenty of opportunities to relax after a day of pitch and talk, so if you want to meet people, dance, and have a drink with the community, we recommend the evening organized by Startupfest x Crew x Unsplash Party at the crew Collectif café (in addition to a good night out it is a great opportunity to discover a superb coworking space!)

7:00pm–2:00am — 45$ and 35$ with the following link, drinks included
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Friday Night and Saturday - Hackerfest, AI Fest and Startupfest OPEN HOUSE

credit photo Tomas_Hrdlicka

Friday evening the launch of Hackerfest, the hackathon part of Startupfest with not only our own experiment with, but also a whole bunch of awesome community members coming together to hack, learn, share and build cool innovative stuff! Huge thanks to NeuroTechX,, Centech,,, MonBug, and Young Leaders Group. If you are a beginner or a pro, this event will expose you to a new world of innovation, entrepreneurship, and friendships (trust us on the last one! ;) )

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Saturday is Startupfest OPEN HOUSE! Whether you went to the conference or not, you should come! It’s FREE for everyone and you will get the chance to discover some really interesting startups and mingle with them and the other attendees of Hackerfest and AIfest! Don’t miss it! Just show up at the door, it really is FREE for everyone! :)


AIfest is THE unconference you don’t wanna miss this Saturday, it has everything you want in your journey: meaningful topic, amazing participants, innovative format, and awesome guests! Come share, learn, be inspired in all the realms of artificial intelligence. Montreal is already an international hub, thanks to the relentless independent work of beautiful dedicated minds in the last 25 years (and more, yep you read that right!). Come meet all the movers and shakers in this field, and hopefully if the experiment works, who knows, even see some applied HackAI research! Thanks to the leadership of our friends and partners at MTL DATA, the support and contributions of, Microsoft StartupsMaluuba, mnubo, Keatext, Nexalogy, TandemLaunch, and of course! Sneak peak of the content leaders: Evan Prodromou, Imagia, Sylvain Carle,, ElementAI,, C2RO, and of course the awesome WRNCH!

Merci à vous tous pour votre dedication à notre écosystème!! Tellement hâte!!

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credit photo: Tomas_Hrdlicka

After such a busy week, we can all rest on Sunday and wait for next year.

Nah! Get ready for the weekend after: our own Insider Knowledge Workshop on SALEEE$$$$$$!!! What better way to keep the momentum going than to learn how to leverage all the new contacts you made at Startupfest to propulse the growth of your startup! Organized with Centech, Cedille and RETS and the support of QIMontreal, we got you covered!

And to motivate you to actually take action and go rock those sales after the Startupfest, here is a special registration link just valid during this week for 40% off! Yep yep, that’s how we roll!!

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We wish you all the luck, opportunities, and mingling for this beautiful week! 🤘🎉🚀

And indeed, after such a busy week, we can all rest on Sunday and wait for next…week! 😇



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