Outside of my annual summer vacation, one of the things I most look forward to when the weather turns hot is the International Startup Festival, returning to Montreal from July 10 to 13 for a third great year. I chatted this week with Phil Telio, the festival’s maestro, to get a preview of what the startup entrepreneurs, investors, support community members and general hangers-on (like me) can expect from this year’s edition.
I started by asking Telio why the festival was such a success. “You tell me,” he declared, before itemizing factors like “economic development is super important to any community,” and “there’s a real hunger for startups” to be part of that development. Mainly, though, the festival is “fun and playful. I think people appreciate that it’s not a stuffy investors’ conference where people are all wearing suits and ties.”
“And it’s Montreal in the summer!”