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For the third year in a row, Calgary took Startupfest by storm!

Seven Calgary startups, three community members and three Startup Weekend participants joined Startup Calgary in Montreal, July 9 - 13, 2019.

Startupfest is a fast-paced event that offers world-class content and strategic networking events, bringing founders from all over the globe together to learn from each other, engage with other startup communities and pitch for investment.

This year, Startupfest was held at Parc Jean-Drapeau on Île Notre-Dame. With spectacular and lush scenery, it was a stunning venue that provided an easy connection space for attendees.

Startupfest 2019 venue

Startupfest 2019 venue. Photo credit: Click Flash Photography

The Calgary tent showcased seven of Calgary’s top tech startups and the delegation was joined by community members from organizations Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), Alberta Enterprise Corporation and past Startup Weekend participants.

Calgary tent startup's logos


The Calgary delegation hosted its second annual Calgary Stampede-sponsored Pancake Breakfast, where Calgary startups and community members flipped pancakes, hosted guests and put on a line dancing show!

People flipping pancakes at the Calgary tent at Startupfest 2019

Flipping pancakes left to right: Danielle Torrie (Startup Calgary), Dave Cree (CMNGD), Bilal Rasool & David Yiptong (Platform Calgary), Jay Maharaj (community member). Photo by Click Flash Photography

In the Tent Village, Co.Labs (Saskatoon)Cultivator (Regina)Platform Calgary and Startup Calgary partnered to host Uniting the Prairies Happy Hour. With the promise of an ice-cold beer at the peak of Montreal heat, festival attendees were drawn in to connect with representatives from Calgary and Saskatchewan to learn about each startup community.

A man passing another man a beer

David Yiptong, Platform Calgary. Photo by Click Flash Photography

Attending companies had multiple opportunities to pitch for investment, including the $100K Investment Pitch Prize, the Grandmother’s Choice and the $100K Women in Tech Prize. Goodlawyer, VeloGuide and Neuraura were selected to pitch on-stage at some of the pre-conference workshops, including the Funding Workshop and the BDC Women in Tech Bootcamp.

“Startupfest 2019 was an awesome experience and being connected to the Startup Calgary crew is so helpful at these events. Startup Calgary's team is always in your corner, supporting and encouraging you to make some great business moves. I’m excited about some of the investor meetings and new clients we're currently scheduling from Startupfest!” said Brandon Healey, business development and partnerships lead at Bootkik.

Representatives from Startup Calgary, Calgary Economic Development and Bootkik

Danielle Torrie & Catherine Dabels, Startup Calgary; Shona Reilly, Calgary Economic Development; Brandon Healey, Bootkik.

The Calgary crew left a lasting impression at the event with its high energy, bright t-shirts and community spirit.

 “When speaking to some other startups, they mentioned how impressive it was how Calgary had a strong presence at the event." said Umair Tazeem, founder of Embold. "Startup Calgary has a great team that continuously thinks about how they can make a positive impact on the journey of founders and goes out of their way to do so. I consider myself very fortunate to have connected with Startup Calgary early in my journey.”


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