Anyone out there want to take in the Startup Festival in Montreal next month – FOR FREE?

If so, you should apply for one of the spots on the East Coast Caravan, a road trip to Startupfest organized by the Taskforce Fredericton Startup Network, the Pond-Deshpande Centre and other organizations.

They are choosing more than 50 entrepreneurs from across the region to join the bus trip to Startupfest. The successful applicants will receive transportation to and from the event, a Startupfest ticket and lodging in Montreal.

All you have to do is click here, and tell the organizers why you deserve one of the spots. Applications, which are open to entrepreneurs across Atlantic Canada, close Monday.  

“The East Coast Caravan aims to be a professionally enriching opportunity that not only includes passes to the festival, but also encourages organic connections across sectors and our Atlantic provinces via a co-travelling and co-lodging experience,​" said Tahlia Ferlatte, Events Committee Chair for Taskforce Fredericton, which is part of Ignite Fredericton.

Startupfest is a global three-day gathering of the world's leading entrepreneurs, mentors, founders and venture capitalists, all in one city. Running from Jul 12 to 15, the event includes a Tent City filled with demo spaces and events, and a host of world-renowned keynote speakers.

As well as an opportunity to apply for the free spaces, the East Coast Caravan organizers are also offering several levels of sponsorship. Sponsors receive tickets to the Caravan package, which that can use themselves or give to someone else.

“The Pond-Deshpande Centre is a strong supporter of networking and shared learning experiences for aspiring and seasoned entrepreneurs and students,” said Heather Boyd-Kinnie of Pond-Deshpande Centre. “Travelling together to an event such as Startupfest, where delegates have an opportunity to share best practices, meet investors, be inspired and build new relationships with others from around the globe and with each other, enriches those who attend, as well as our province.”