With new partnership, Startup Train returns to provide mentorship and connections to Startupfest

Startup Train

For the seventh year in a row, the Startup Train is returning to bring Toronto-based startups to Montreal’s Startupfest, which boasted 5,500 attendees last year.

The first class train experience — which connects 100 attendees a year — allows startups to network with mentors and investors. This year, Drop founder Derrick Fung, Sidewalk Labs’ Nicole Leblanc, and Butter co-founder Derek Szeto are confirmed to be on the train.

All one-on-one mentoring will be facilitated by Highline BETA’s new Fast Track program.

Over five to six hours of travel, the Startup Train helps people build meaningful connections before the conference. The Startuptrain also has a tent onsite which offers train attendees a home base to continue connecting. Highline BETA’s Marcus Daniels and Lauren Robinson, and BetaKit’s editor-in-chief Douglas Soltys will also be acting as mentors on the train.

“We’re excited to bring back Startup Train to connect 100 startup founders, investors, and advisors together for an unforgettable, first-class experience,” the Startup Train team said in a statement. “Startup Train has built a strong network of like-minded tech builders year-over-year.”

This year, Startup Train has joined Highline BETA to further their joint mission of win-win connections. All one-on-one mentoring will be facilitated by Highline BETA’s new Fast Track program.

“We’ve come together to help both startups and corporates by creating accelerated paths to collaborations, partnerships, investments, and learning,” said the new Highline BETA Startup Train site.

Startups can apply on the new site for a free Startup Train ticket, having to pay only for their ticket to Startupfest. Corporate partners can pay $999 for their Startup Train ticket, which includes the $799 all-access option for Startupfest (train-only tickets are available upon request).

For more information, see the website here.

Photo by Aaron Awad.

Jessica Galang

Jessica Galang

Freelance tech writer. Former BetaKit News Editor.