Aspiring Entrepreneurs Gather in Montreal

The second annual International Startup Festival took place last week in Montreal’s historic Old Port neighbourhood. More than 1,200 people attended this 3-day event, which focused on sectors such as gaming, clean tech and social networking.

With investors, entrepreneurs, and media personnel all in attendance, the festival provided a great platform for startups to introduce their business ideas to the world. Colin Wrynn and Michael Grantmyre represented our firm at the festival.

“The different concepts presented at startup events never cease to amaze me,” said Grantmyre. “It’s exciting to witness new ideas in their infancy that have the potential to be huge someday.”

Participants from Israel to Australia took part in this year’s festivities, with 13 startups pitching their concepts on the main stage in hopes of winning the $50,000 grand prize.

Montreal’s own Jintronix, a biomedical device company who designs software for physical and cognitive rehabilitation, won this year’s top honours. Other notable wins included best startup stage pitch, which was awarded to Ottawa-based Openera; who won for best elevator pitch; and this year’s newest category, Teenager’s Pick, that went to Gas Smart.

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