Montreal’s annual Startup Open House is returning for its 2016 edition on September 22nd beginning at 3:00 pm. It’s the fourth year in the row the event will take place.
Consistent with past years, those interested in tech startups, employed or not, can take tours throughout the offices of some of Montreal’s notable tech companies. There they can meet team members and get the inside story on their companies and the things they create.
“Its a great introduction to the ecosystem for someone who’s curious, doesn’t know too much about startups but who wants to learn more,” said Kara Sheppard-Jones, Credo’s project manager and the lead organizer of Startup Open House. “You get to walk into a bunch of startups, discover what their products are and meet their people over games and drinks in a casual environment. It’s a very approachable way to get your feet wet in the startup space.
Startup Open House will also happen on the same evening in Toronto and Vancouver. Kitchener-Waterloo’s event comes on Oct. 4.
SharetheBus will once again be providing free shuttle buses for participants, with the schedules going up on the Startup Open House website shortly.
In past years the event has been in October, but the organizers like Sheppard-Jones moved the event to September. Now they’re encouraging more people to ride their bikes with the better weather before it gets colder.
All of the companies participating will submit all their open job positions to a central page this year through London-based Jobbio, where participants can check them out in an organized place. “They can directly check out who’s hiring for what and participants will be able to go to a startup, meet the team and follow the team on Jobbio after.”
In Montreal, three distinct “HQ” spots in Mile End, at Notman House and at Crew Cafe + Collective will give out check-in passes before participants can start the touring. Guru energy drinks will be given out at these spots as well. The point of this is so Startup Open House data can closely monitor who’s participating in the event.
Sheppard-Jones noted that the night can serve as a nice way for both candidate and company to get familiar with each other.
“It’s pretty rare that you get to watch into a future employer’s office and meet with whoever you want. You can go beyond just meeting an HR person and actually meet people who are working on the product you might be joining. You get to see what what type of work space they’re in, what type of office culture they have. It’s a very rich experience.”
Here’s some of the 150 startups and organizations taking part:
Affordance Studio is an educational game company founded in 2013 by design experts and veterans of the video game industry.
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