Announcing the Winners of the Startup Weekend Canada Competition

In September, we initiated the first Startup Weekend Canada Competition and saw events take place from British Columbia to New Brunswick. Teams competed for the opportunity to win the grand prize (1st place), first prize (2nd place), and second prize (3rd place) of our national competition.

The judging panel consisted of Sunil Sharma from Techstars Toronto, Sam Haffar from Real Ventures, and Jeanine Jacobson of Founder Institute. They had the difficult task of evaluating the city-based winning pitches to determine our national winners.

Today, we announce the winners of the Startup Weekend Canada Competition!

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SkiptheLine, a Montreal based team that wants you to never wait on hold again when calling customer service, has won the Grand Prize. SkiptheLine also took first in the #GlobalSWAI competition and was recently sent to Paris for Hello Tomorrow. They will be receiving one Founder Institute fellowship slot, a membership package with executives at Techstars and Startup Canada, and each team member will receive a copy of DoMoreFaster by Brad Feld and David Cohen.

Wiggins, a contact based knowledge management system and team based out of Bay of Quinte, has won second place. This team worked incredibly hard over the weekend and we are excited to offer them a Founder Institute fellowship for one member of their team.

Third place goes to Memo:Re! Memo:Re, otherwise known as Memory Chat, is a team that wants to find a way to keep your voice alive long after you are gone for your grandkids and kids. They are based out of Kamloops, BC, and we are excited to offer them one Founder Institute fellowship for taking third!

This competition brought out the best in our communities across Canada. Through Startup Weekend, we reignited the flames of innovation and we are proud of all attendees that took part in this experience.

We thank all of the participants and give a huge round of applause to our incredible organizing teams in Calgary, Kamloops, Montreal, Bay of Quinte, and Saint John. We also want to thank our partners, Startup Canada, Propulsio 360, and Founder Institute for their contributions in making this initiative a success.

See you at the next Startup Weekend near you!  

Announcing the Startup Weekend Canada Competition

Techstars believes in the ability to start a successful company anywhere, beyond borders, and beyond large metro areas.

In Canada we have seen a growth in startup activity, the introduction of the startup visa, and we are expanding with Techstars Toronto, our first Canadian Accelerator program. The time is ripe to drive momentum and to ignite the startup community nationwide.

What better way to do this than through a friendly competition? From September 1st through October 1st, we are excited to launch the Startup Weekend Canada competition! In this inaugural year we will see seven cities compete through Startup Weekend programs happening all over Canada.

From the far port city of Saint John to the beautiful lakes of Kamloops, startup ideas will be spurred into action and the winning team from each city will be given the opportunity to compete for a grand prize.

“This first Startup Weekend Canadian competition is the tipping point to inspire and educate Canadians, no matter where they are, to launch tech ecosystems like we did in Montreal, as well as to help each other.” -Sergio Escobar, Startup Weekend Montreal Community Leader

On October 3rd, a panel of esteemed judges, including our Managing Director for the Techstars Toronto program, will crown a grand prize winner.

Are you ready to kick start your entrepreneurial journey? Save the date (or dates!) and venture out to a Startup Weekend near you.

If you have an idea that you are ready to take to the next level, curious to learn the foundations of becoming a successful entrepreneur, or simply want to network with the brightest people from your city, sign up for an event near you.



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Kamloops, BC

September 8-10, 2017


Belleville, ON

September 15-17, 2017


Calgary, AB

September 22-24, 2017

Coming soon!

Montreal, QC

September 22-24, 2017


Brampton, ON

September 29-Oct 1, 2017

Coming soon!

London, ON

September 29-Oct 1, 2017

Coming soon!

Saint John, NB

September 29-Oct 1, 2017

Coming soon!