StartupCamp is a great event organized primarily by Embrase. It’s a less tech-focused unconference (versus DemoCamps and BarCamps) where a handful of startups get on stage and pitch the audience. There’s a group of investors (angels and venture capitalists) who provide feedback, and there’s the overall audience of entrepreneurs, etc. there as well.
There have been two StartupCamps in Montreal so far (I missed the second one), but I think it’s a good opportunity to take a more “business-focused” look at startups. One of the biggest challenges for startups is raising capital. I think StartupCamp can help.
The next StartupCamp is on November 27th – so it’s still some time away – but you might as well sign-up now and save the date.
There will be two speakers – Austin Hill and Patrick Lor. Both are great guys. Both have tons of experience. And both can present the pants off of almost anyone I know.
There’s also going to be a panel discussion with a handful of entrepreneurs that are currently running funded companies. I’ll be involved in that, along with Sebastien Provencher and Marc Gingras. They’ll be adding a couple more people soon to the list.
Right now, if you’re a startup and you want the chance to get on stage in front of an audience, and learn a lot about how to present for investment, you should submit your company for review. A group of folks will take a look and pick the 5 companies that get to present.
All the details are here: http://www.barcampmontreal.org/wiki/StartupCampMontreal3
You should definitely consider attending and getting a chance to meet a lot of the entrepreneurs, investors and business folk that live and breathe the Montreal startup community on a daily basis.