Meet the 2019 Startupfest Winner’s Circle

Startupfest featured the most prizes and opportunities we’ve ever had at this year’s edition. From 2, $100k investment prizes, to our Accelerator partners offering spots in their upcoming programs, check out the startups that took home the prizes this year. 

Best of the Fest

Prize: A group of angel investors comes together to award $100k+ to one startup.

Winner: SparkCharge

Best of the Fest Women In Tech

Prize: With the help of some veteran entrepreneurs and investors: $100,000 available to a female-led startup in the form of a convertible note. 

Winner: Canscan Technologies

Grandmothers’ Choice

Prize: Our esteemed panel of Grandmother Judges have become a Startupfest favourite, and have an unbeatable track record! This year they also took home $35k of market research from MaRS! 

Winner: Renew Senses

Startupfest VF (Version Française)

Prize: 7 startups were selected to pitch onstage at Startupfest Version Francaise and one was crowned the title of “Best Onstage Pitch”! 

Winner: Umaneo

Startupfest World Championship

Prize: The Startup World Championships, presented by Startupfest, is on the hunt for brilliant tech startups in 20 of the world’s most vibrant startup cities. The top SWC company was selected by the $100k investment judges! 

Winner: Clanz

Air Canada “Flight is Right”

Prize: Air Canada awarded 2 round trip tickets to anywhere in the world they fly to one burgeoning startup! 

Winner:  SeekShift

Videotron Disruptive Content Awards

Prize: Our partners at Videotron have teamed up with their counterparts at Quebecor, NumeriQ and MELS to award $50,000 in cash prizes and in-house partnerships to burgeoning content/media startups.

Winners: Resonate, MixOnSet, Automateur

Startupfest Corporate Innovation Zone 

Prize: Manulife and Franklin Templeton Investments are interested in meeting startups focused on development operations, cybersecurity and protection of customer data, and improving the customer acquisition and on-boarding experience.

Winners: FormHero

Next 36 Young Entrepreneur Award

Prize: Pitch to Next 36 alumni and mentor judges for your chance to win an exclusive founder spot in the 2020 Cohort of Next 36!

Winner: ResearchStream

NextAI Top Startup Award

Prize: Pitch to NextAI alumni, scientists and mentor judges from both Toronto and Montreal for your chance to win an exclusive venture spot in the 2020 Cohort of NextAI!

Winner: The Lucid Project


Prize: The winner will be awarded an exhibition at Centre Never Apart.

Winner: Matthieu Mauss from MtLight