Being at the StartupFest for the last 4 days has been no less than an exhilarating experience. I have been to many fests but there are somethings that StartupFest did differently and that's the reason Phil can be relied with the promise he made - StartupFest is going to get bigger and better next year. Here are 4 things that I appreciate the team for:
Seamlessness - Having a fest with 500+ speakers and 8 stages running in parallel is not an easy task. Well the fest not only adhere to timelines everytime, the switch from one focus to another was really seamless.
Multiple tracks - There was something for everyone- AI, Blockchain, Cannabis Tech, startups, anything that you could be thinking, there was a related stage. You had multiple accelerators, investor zone, 4 major startup pitch competition with the 100K prize won by InVivo AI
Great Food - No fest is complete without great food and drinks. Got to see great food trucks with varieties of all types. For 2 days of the fest the drinks were on the house as well. The breakfast options were laid out well.
BrainDate - One of the reasons to love the fest was braindate, a dedicated lounge area which could be accessed for meeting with fellow participants. Braindate helped find the right people to meet one-on-one to share knowledge and learn from the right participants. You could share out topics of your interest and fellow interested participants could book a time with you.
All along, great fest with fun people. Love Montreal!!