Calgary is heading to Startupfest this July

Members of the 2018 Calgary Delegation pictured with 31st Premiere of Quebec, Philippe Couillard & Startupfest Organizer, Phillippe Telio

Members of the 2018 Calgary Delegation pictured with 31st Premiere of Quebec, Philippe Couillard & Startupfest Organizer, Phillippe Telio

The Startup Calgary team is excited to sponsor a small group of Calgary-based startups to attend Startupfest in Montreal July 9 - 12, 2019.

“More than just world-class content and a global attendee base, Startupfest is known for rethinking the standard event format. Crowned “a music festival for startups” by Reddit Founder Alexis Ohanian, you’ll have tangible opportunities to make the connections you need, in one of the world’s most iconic festival cities.“

Learn more about all the networking opportunities, prizes and world-class speakers and why you need to attend here.

Selected companies will receive:

  • One full-access conference pass to three full days of startup content - hand-curated speakers from all over the world, access to the top accelerators, and over $750K worth of investments and prizes awarded

  • One private pitch practice session to help you refine your pitch

  • One exclusive Founders & Funders networking event in Montreal

  • Opportunity to participate in the Calgary tent activation located within the Tent Village

  • Access to a private Slack community amongst fellow Calgarian attendees including entrepreneurs, investors, advisors and community supporters

  • Marketing and exposure on Startup Calgary’s website and social media prior to and during the conference

Application criteria:

  • Startup must be headquartered in Calgary

  • Delegates will be founders/cofounders of an innovative startup *Preference given to those with unique software products and/or hardware

  • Must have significant traction - users and/or revenue *Preference given to those companies with reoccurring revenue

  • Must have secured seed capital. *Preference given to those companies actively raising capital or plans to raise in next 6 months

  • Consultancies, agencies, developers, marketing/advertising agencies, public companies, & service providers, will not be accepted

  • Are willing and able to speak to media and represent Calgary’s startup ecosystem


Selected companies are expected to:

  • Arrange and purchase own travel and accommodation

  • Participate in all preparatory workshops and onsite activities

  • Complete an economic impact survey

  • Share learnings with Startup Calgary and the community

Applications closed on May 31, 2019

Applicants will be notified by June 5. Finalists will be shortlisted for a 15 minute video interview. Final selection will be announced by June 28, 2019.

Note: Tickets are non-transferable. If the selected company does not complete their workshops/activities as stated in the agreement, the company will be invoiced for $1,000.

Testimonials from the 2018 Calgary Delegation:

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I don't think I've been to, or will ever go to a conference quite as unique as this one. The setting is the perfect environment to forge new partnerships, or rekindle old ones. This surely is the premiere startup event of the year. - Rena Tabata, ShareSmart

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Great experience overall to represent Calgary and to showcase to the rest of Canada that we have a great ecosystem - Steven Phan, Elevatie

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Not eligible but want to attend?

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Published March 25, 2019