Techstars Startup Weekend Canada Competition

September 1st- October 1st
Techstars Startup Weekend events across Canada will take place between September 1st - October 1st, 2017. The winners from each event become finalists for a national online pitch event to compete for the grand prize.
Techstars Startup Weekend is a global movement, a 54-hour weekend event that brings together innovators, entrepreneurs, makers, developers, startup enthusiasts, designers, and more to pitch ideas and form teams to develop a startup over the course one weekend. On the final day (Sunday), participants pitch their startup to a judging panel that determines the winners.
Competiting Cities
If you don't see your city, share your interest for 2018!
Kamloops: Sep 8
Belleville: Sep 15
Calgary: Sep 22
Montreal: Sep 22
Peel Region: Sep 29
London: Sep 29
Saint John: Sep 29
Vancouver: Sep 29
More Information | Tickets
Grand Prize
Coming Soon!
Sunil Sharma
Managing Director, Techstars Toronto
Sunil Sharma is Managing Director for Techstars Toronto. Techstars Toronto is a city program and Techstars' first accelerator in Canada. Techstars Toronto is a joint venture between Techstars and Real Ventures (Canada's most active venture capital fund).
Jeanine Jacobson
Founder Institute, Los Angeles and San Diego Partner
Jeanine Jacobson is the longest tenured Founder Institute Managing Director, and as such she has been instrumental in growing entrepreneurs, the curriculum, and local programs.In fact, while the Founder Institute currently operates chapters in over 170 cities worldwide, Jeanine launched the first ever chapter outside of Silicon Valley in Autumn 2009 (in San Diego/ Orange County). Since then, Jeanine also runs the Los Angeles Founder Institute Chapter, and has played a strong role in building the vibrant startup ecosystem in Southern California today.
Sam Haffar
Principal, Real Ventures
Sam joined Real Ventures from Silicon Valley, where he has actively been involved in starting and growing top tech companies for nearly a decade. Only six months after launching his first company while in university, Sam was offered a founding team role at Chegg, a leading education technology company where he drove many of the key growth initiatives and marketing strategies. Chegg went public in 2013. After Chegg, Sam ran marketing Kno, an education technology company backed by Andreessen Horowitz that creates engaging digital learning technologies, the company was later acquired by Intel. Before making the move to Montreal, Sam ran marketing and sales for EAT Club, a fast growing venture backed food tech company that provides enterprise catering solutions for companies.

How do I participate?
Find the city closest to you under the "Competing Cities" list and click on the photo image to go to the community site page. You can then purchase a ticket for the event of your choosing! No startup experience needed, simply curiosity and a will to join or lead a team!


My city isn't listed, can I still organize or participate?
Applications have closed to host a Startup Weekend during this competition. The availability to participate has not! You can purchase a ticket up until the Friday evening of the event of your choosing!

What is the Grand Prize?
Details of the grand prize and competition specifics will be relayed by mid-August!
Techstars helps entrepreneurs succeed. Through the Techstars Worldwide Entrepreneur Network, founders connect with other entrepreneurs, experts, mentors, alumni, investors, community leaders, and corporations to grow their companies. Techstars operates four divisions: Techstars Startup Programs, Techstars Mentorship-Driven Accelerator Programs, Techstars Corporate Innovation Partnerships, and the Techstars Venture Capital Fund.
Startup Canada
Startup Canada is a grassroots network of entrepreneurs working together to build an environment for entrepreneurship in Canada. Through online platforms, grassroots Startup Communities and cross-sector initiatives, Startup Canada is advancing entrepreneurial momentum and a culture of entrepreneurship, as the voice of Canadian entrepreneurs.
Founder Institute
The Founder Institute is the world's premier startup launch program for talented entrepreneurs. If you are up to the challenge, their comprehensive step-by-step curriculum will give you the structure, mentor support, and global network you need to start an enduring company.

Propulsio 360

Propulsio is located in the bustling neighborhood of innovation and start-ups, Saint-Henri, in Montreal. Their mission is to provide a highly personalized service in business consulting and legal services for emerging start-ups and other well established businesses in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

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