Entrepreneurs and investors to gather for 2017 Startupfest
Montréal’s premiere festival for entrepreneurs and investors is back — and it’s as irreverent as ever. This year’s Startupfest agenda is packed with lessons from seasoned entrepreneurs, informative how-to sessions, and interactive panels. With a Tent Village and a host of different stages, Startupfest is the perfect place for those seeing exposure, to acquire new talent, or to connect with investors from different sectors of the industry. Plus, the festival offers over $500,000 worth of investments and prizes. And, really, is there a startup anywhere that couldn’t use a bit more moola?
AIFEST WILL DELIVER UNPLANNABLE MAGIC
Montréal has recently gained huge attention from the international Artificial Intelligence (AI) community. Big tech brands, such as Microsoft and Google, have opened AI research headquarters in Montréal. The city’s tech scene is booming because of a confluence of a few important factors, for instance a culture creativity and an affordable cost of living. With this in mind, it’s sensible that Startupfest incorporates some type of AI activity into the program.
A one-day Artificial Intelligence gathering — entitled AIFest — will take place on the Saturday (15 July 2017) and will be completely spontaneous. As an “unconference,” the agenda is participant-driven, meaning that anyone can initiate a discussion on any topic related to AI. What’s great about this is the opportunity for unplannable magic!
Each year, Startupfest attracts a wide-range of industry influencers and founder favourites. Here is a quick sampling of who you’ll find speaking at this year’s event. See the full list of speakers here.
Kimberly Bryant (Founder of Black Girls CODE). A non-profit organization dedicated to changing the face of technology by introducing girls of color (ages 7-17) to the field of technology and computer science with a concentration on entrepreneurial concepts.
Harley Finkelstein. (COO at Shopify). Harley founded his first company at age 17 while a student at McGill University, and now is one of the new “Dragons” on CBC’s Next Gen Den.
Samir Kumar (Managing Director at Microsoft Ventures). Samir is the technical leadership for the recently announced AI Fund, and also leads investment activities in other key frontier technology areas such as quantum computing and autonomous vehicles.
Sarah Lacy (Entrepreneur & Editor in Chief of Pando.com). Sarah is leading Pando — a tech news site — to “speak truth to the new power.” She raised $4 million in venture capital to launch the site after more than 15 years covering entrepreneurship and tech for Business Week and TechCrunch.