Montreal’s holiday tech party is back for another year. This time around the annual TechNoel party will happen on Wednesday December 5th at Don B Comber.
The event is hosted by tech leaders Alistair Croll, Conor Clark, David Dufresne, Ian Jeffrey, Gabriel Sundaram, and Phil Telio. It’ll mark the event’s fifth year in existence.
“What’s exciting is this year we’re doing it right after the TechStars AI Demo Day, so a big portion of the community will come to both: we’ll do TechStars first and then we’ll come party at TechNoel,” said Dufresne, a partner at Panache Ventures.
Dufresne said it’s also a good opportunity for founders and investors to get together, drink a bit of eggnog and take a load off. Aside from these people, the investor expects a good crowd of lawyers, accountants, coders, salespeople and anyone else who considers themselves a part of the community. The door is open to anyone who wants to buy a ticket and have a great time.
“For us, TechNoel has always been a good excuse to meet with the larger ecosystem. Once a year we get to celebrate the successes, failures and pivots,” Dufresne told MTLinTECH.
Last year the event was held at Notman House. Every other year it was held in bar or club atmospheres, like Apartment 200. This year the planning crew is bringing it back to a bar venue in Don B Comber.
“It should be fun. The DJs should be as always a few members of the ecosystems including myself. I think Allistair Croll will DJ and we’re confirming the last few DJs,” said Dufresne.
And while this is the fifth year in a row that TechNoel is happening, Dufresne told MTLinTECH that, actually, the tech scene here in Montreal has been coming together for some type of Christmas event for 15 or so years since the early 2000s.
“It’s pretty much an established tradition now,” he said.
In the previous years when Montreal’s tech scene wasn’t as big, the point of TechNoel was mostly to encourage startups to have their own team dinner, and head over the the event afterwards. That still holds true even if some of those startups have now turned into scaleups, said Dufresne.
All the profits are going to MTLinTECH. This is the third year in which the proceeds are going directly back into this website, and for that we’re extremely, extremely grateful.