Calgary’s startup community travels to Montreal for Startupfest
Forty members of Calgary’s startup community travelled to Montreal July 10 to 14, 2018 to connect with startup communities from across the globe and showcase Calgary’s tech ecosystem at Startupfest.
Startupfest brings together 7,000 of the world’s top startups, investors, speakers and community members for a fast-paced startup event with countless activities and unique opportunities to connect including Braindates, food trucks, boat shuttles and inflatable chairs. The conference was held on Parc de Dieppe on the peninsula across from Old Port Montreal.
Prior to the opening party, the Calgary crew was welcomed to Montreal by the Premier of Quebec, Philippe Couillard, Quebec's Minister for Small and Medium Businesses, Stéphane Billette, and the Founder of Startupfest, Philippe Telio.
Startupfest attendees were given multiple opportunities to pitch at tents such as the $100K Investment Prize tent, The EY “Granny Pitch” tent and the CBC Media Pitch tent. Three Calgary companies were selected to pitch on stage, including the BDO Best Onstage Pitch Competition.
Conference attendees had the opportunity to pitch for the $100K pitch prize and Calgary startup Virtual Gurus was shortlisted as one of the top five companies. Virtual Gurus was also featured on CBC Montreal sharing her story and inspiring Indigenous youth to pursue business.
“Startupfest with the Startup Calgary crew was hands down one of the most fun business events I've been to. Being one of the startups to represent Calgary was an honour,” says Bobbie Racette, Founder and CEO at Virtual Gurus, “I think we showed them that Calgary has some amazing startup talent. It was such a fun atmosphere with great networking opportunities - not to mention how many smiles we seen during our Calgary Stampede breakfast.”
Interested in which companies won the various competition? Check out the Winners’ Circle here.
The startups made a name for Calgary, but we didn’t stop there. From the pancake breakfast sponsored by the Calgary Stampede to happy hour sponsored by OKR Financial, the Calgary crew became known for its high spirits, bright t-shirts and impromptu line dancing.
“Startupfest was one of the most valuable startup conferences I've attended,” says Andrew Browne, Co-founder and CEO at SmartTiks (TikTiks), “Startup Calgary's team provided tons of opportunities to gain exposure and connect with key industry experts and investors from around North America and beyond. Will definitely be back next year!”
Thank you to all of the companies and community members who made this experience a success! Want to see the photos? Check out our Facebook album here.
Huge thanks to our partners OKR Financial and Calgary Stampede for co-sponsoring this unique opportunity with us!