Everyone knows that the beginning of a Montreal summer also means the beginning of festival season. However, unlike most festivals in the city, The International Startup Festival offers much more than just a good time. Welcoming the world’s top entrepreneurs, founders, investors and mentors, this festival is prime destination for anyone wishing to learn more about the experiences of some of today’s most creative minds. Harry Finkelstein, COO of Shopify, Alexis Ohanian, Co-Founder of Reddit, and Deepa Kunapuli, White House Digital Strategist, are just a few of the big names that will be in attendance. From July 13th to 16th in the Old Port, The International Startup Festival will provide a good and needed dose of unconventional and valuable learning that can help you take your start-up to the next level.
1. BUILD YOUR NETWORK
The Startup Festival’s tent village allows for authentic interaction between all festival goers. Meeting fellow entrepreneurs, key note speakers, and investors in a casual setting is a great way to build your network. Taking a step back from your smartphones and connecting with those around may very well lead you to your next investor, business partner or employee.
2. PITCH YOUR IDEA
If you dare to be bold, pitching your idea at the International Startup Fest can offer numerous advantages. This year 12 startups will get the opportunity to pitch in front of a live audience and panel or experts on the interactive stage. Not only does this give you a great opportunity to practice your public speaking abilities, it also comes with great visibility for your brand.
If you’re not one of the 12 startups pitching on the interactive stage, not to worry! Startup Fest also hosts numerous competitions with monetary rewards up to $200,000.
3. UNFORGETTABLE & UNCONVENTIONAL
Start-up fest is the biggest start-up event in all of Canada. It brings together investors, mentors and founders from some of the worlds hottest start-up cities. This is your opportunity to learn from the worlds best. They have either done what your looking to do or are doing it. What makes the event memorable is the best practices and know how that are shared and the collaborative environment that the organizers create.