Montreal welcomes Startup Open House with open arms

Startup Open House Montreal

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Last Thursday, it was possible for both those interested in keeping up with Montreal’s latest startups, as for those who might see the tech ecosystem as an opportunity for a career change, to explore the Montreal version of Startup Open House. La Gare, Notman House and WeWork hosted the main startups to visit, with several other stops possible across the city.

Since 2013, seven editions of Startup Open House have taken place, opening the doors of approximately 600 startups and giving more than 10,000 people the ability to discover them. Participants could build a route on the event’s website according to field of interest from among 14 industries spread over 13 districts of the city, as well as by employment opportunity. Buses were shuttling between La Gare and the Notman House every thirty minutes, while car2go, in association with the event, was also available.

Startup Open House Montreal

Startup Open House was therefore the perfect opportunity for new entrepreneurs to spread awareness of their product or services to a very enthusiastic crowd, keen on exploring what Montreal has to offer in terms of tech.

The atmosphere was friendly—grab a free beer and chat about the latest technologies—and allowed for real discussion between startups and the public.

Such annual event is without a doubt vital to the Montreal ecosystem. Not only does it open the community to people who are not part of the scene, but it also energizes it by offering a true opportunity for exchange and real conversation on innovation. The event hasn’t ceased to grow, and each year continues to build a stronger relationship between Montreal and the city’s technology industry.


Gabrielle Drouin

Gabrielle Drouin has completed a master’s degree in Literature specializing in Quebec’s contemporary dramaturgy at the University of Montreal. She worked as a journalist in Toronto, covering the news of its Franco-Ontarian community, and has been reporting on the Montreal startup tech ecosystem since 2016. She is currently the Communications advisor and community relations at HEC Montreal's entrepreneurship hub.

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