Discover the selected startups

After evaluating 97 applications, 9 companies were selected to present during the pitch contest. They will compete for the Portag3 $ 1M CAD investment offer (1), the $ 25,000 CAD jury prize offered by Finance Montreal and the audience prize.
Start up



Darryl Hicks

Founder and CEO, FlexPay

Erin Bury

Co-founder and CEO, Willful

Amir Tajkarimi

Co-founder and CEO, Lexop

Pauline Shum Nolan

Co-founder and CEO, Wealthscope

Mathieu Lavoie

Co-founder and CEO, Flare Systems

Aamna Zia

VP, Finance and Growth, Flare Systems

Mark Evans

Co-founder, President and CEO, Conquest Planning

Chris Greenfield

Founder and CEO, tiptap

Cactus Raazi

CEO, Elefant inc.

Chanddeep Madaan

CEO, Aya Payments

Selection committee


Steven Abrams

Partner, IT Venture Fund, BDC

Maor Amar

Managing Partner, Impression Ventures

Jan Arp

Co-founder and Managing Partner, Holt Accelerator

Philippe Daoust

Vice President and Managing Director, Head of Venture Capital, National Bank of Canada

André Massé

Investment Analyst, Portag3 Ventures

Laviva Mazhar

Investment Analyst, Luge Capital

David Nault

General Partner, Luge Capital

Mathieu P. Lambert

Senior Advisor, FinTech Development, Montréal FinTech Station

Thomas Gagné

Director, Corporate Fintech Development, Desjardins Group

Jeff Mitelman

FinTech Entrepreneur

Corinne Surur

Startup Consultant and Operations Specialist

Sergio Escobar

PDG et Associé, BCF Ventures

Dominique Ferst

Managing Partner, Ferst Capital Partners



Alex Laverdière

Director, Venture Capital, Investissement Québec

Anna Garcia

Co-Founder & Partner, Runway Venture Partners

Anthony Rjeily

EY, Partner – National Practice Leader Digital Transformation and Innovation

David Sica

Partner, Nyca Partners

Peter Misek

Co-Founder and Partner, Framework Venture Partners (Host of the Pitch Contest)

Stephanie Choo

Partner, Head of Investments, Portag3 Ventures

Vishy Venugopalan

Senior Vice President, Venture Investing, Citi Ventures

The 2019 Canada FinTech Forum is offering nine emerging FinTech start-ups the opportunity to increase their visibility in the financial services industry including investors and strategic partners.

Each company selected will have five minutes on the main stage of the event to present their business and technology, as well as have a chance to receive an investment offer of $CAD 1M or a $CAD 25,000 cash prize in front of Canada’s largest FinTech gathering.

Our selection team includes some of Canada’s leading Fintech investors and financial institutions.Your company will receive exposure to these individuals regardless of being selected to pitch on stage!

DEADLINE TO APPLY: SEPTEMBER 6th (application period is over)


*you will be redirected to Startup Fuel to fill out the application form.

What you get
By applying:
  • 2x free site access tickets to Canada FinTech Forum Oct. 22-23 (value of $495 each)
  • A chance to get one of the ongoing prizes (don’t wait until the last minute to apply, see details in the prizes section below)
+if you apply before July 1st:
  • A chance to win a free pass for the 2019 Startupfest in Montreal from July 9-12.
+ if you are selected to pitch:
  • Pitch in front of the largest FinTech gathering in Canada
  • up to a $CAD 1,000 grant to cover your travel expenses to come pitch in Montreal
  • VIP Pass for the complete experience at Canada FinTech Forum (a value of $995)
  • Meetings with investors
  • Coaching sessions for your pitch
Early application prize:
  • If you apply before July 1st, 2019, you’re eligible to enter a draw to win a free Startupfest pass.
Ongoing prizes:
  • Three passes for the Desjardins pre-event invitation-only VIP reception on Oct. 21.
  • CFA Montréal will award a $CAD 5,000 grant to their favorite company in the sector of asset management, capital markets or financial analysis.

Members of the selection committee will be evaluating applications throughout the application period. The sooner you apply, the more likely you are to get one of those prizes. We will contact you during the summer if you’re selected for those prizes.

Prizes for start-ups selected to pitch:
  • Financing oppotunity:Portag3 Ventures will invest up to $CAD 1M in a FinTech company participating in the 2019 Canada FinTech Forum’s pitch contest.1
  • Cash prize:The judges at the event will comment each pitch and decide the winner of the $CAD 25,000 cash prize offered by Finance Montréal.
  • Public prize:The audience will vote with the mobile app for their favorite company that will win a value of $CAD 5,000 in rent for an office at the Montreal FinTech Station.
Eligibility criteria
For the $1M investment offer1:
  • Have successfully launched a product
  • Generate revenue
  • Operate in Portag3’s core geographies of North America, Western Europe, Singapore or Hong Kong.
For the cash prize and ongoing prizes:
  • FinTech Start-up
  • Have launched at least a MVP (minimum viable product)
For site access tickets:
  • FinTech Start-up
  • Available to participate from October 21-23, 2019 in Montreal
Importante dates

July 1st: Deadline to apply and enter the draw for the free Startupfest pass

September 6th: Deadline to apply to pitch on stage at the event

Week of September 9th: Short list announcement, invitation to selection interview

September 18th and 20th: Interview day

September 30th: Final selection announcement

October 1st to 18th: Pitch coaching

October 22nd, 2:30 to 4:00pm: Pitch contest at 2019 Canada FinTech Forum


*you will be redirected to Startup Fuel to fill out the application form.

(1)The company will be selected by Portag3 Ventures at its sole discretion and the investment will be conditional upon successful due diligence, satisfactory economic terms as determined by Portag3 Ventures, and satisfaction of internal policies and procedures.