An industry leading tech incubator.

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Helping startups win since 2010

The DMZ is the leading business incubator for tech startups in Canada. We help startups build great businesses by connecting them with customers, capital, experts and a community of entrepreneurs and influencers. For us, this means creating an environment where you can focus on scaling your business. We help with the rest.

What we do

We help high-potential startups grow and scale to world-class tech businesses

DMZ startups operate in an environment that cultivates success. From access to investors, target customers, industry-leading experts and community events, our startups have what they need to scale and succeed as global companies.
What sets us apart?
We're ranked the top tech incubator in North America and 3rd in the world

The DMZ is ranked the leading university-based incubator in North America and third in the world by UBI Global. The ranking recognizes our commitment to fuelling innovation in Canada and our work to foster a vibrant startup community with unparalleled networks and programs that support early-stage entrepreneurs.

Six years, 276 startups and over $280M raised in funding

Since 2010, we've helped fuel, grow and graduate over 276 startups. They’ve raised $283 million in seed funding and have fostered the creation of more than 2,600 jobs. They’ve acquired customers, won awards, grown their teams and developed products and solutions that are positively changing lives and businesses in Canada and abroad.

We're located in the heart of Toronto

We’re right where all the action is - 32,900 square feet overlooking the heart of downtown Toronto at Yonge-Dundas Square. The strength of the city's startup ecosystem is fuelled by its highly-educated and globally-connected talent pool and a unique set of support programs that foster innovation and collaboration.

We have a world-class network of mentors, partners and startups

The DMZ is proud to be part of a network of world-class mentors, partners and startups who provide impactful and to-the-point support - fostering an ecosystem based on the labour of love.

We're a community that feels like home

Joining the DMZ means joining a strong, unique and vibrant community of like-minded people who are passionate about tech, innovation and changing the status quo.

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Who we are

We’re much more than a workspace

Our mission is to build a community of experts, influencers, entrepreneurs, advisors and customers to fuel startup success and put more Canadian businesses on the map.
Our values
Set the bar high-and higher

We strive to be the best in all that we do. We aim to provide unparalleled support to emerging entrepreneurs, and to serve as a leading example to other incubators and accelerators around the world. But we never rest on our laurels; once we achieve our personal best, we set out to beat it. It’s a standard we encourage for our staff and for our startups — don’t settle.

Celebrate people and diversity

We believe that diversity — of people, of opinions, of ideas, of industries and of approaches — is essential to doing good business. To encourage and celebrate diversity, we seek to provide equal opportunities for everyone to participate in DMZ programming, events and everyday culture. The DMZ community fosters a sense of belonging, respect, and support. This provides a framework that empowers everyone to achieve their best.

Create collaboratively

We don’t believe in doing things alone. We know that the best work is most often a result of consultation and collaboration with a variety of people who bring diverse experiences and expertise to the table. That’s why our work space is open, why we seat startups from different industries alongside each other, and why we partner with other incubators and startup organizations instead of competing.

Labour of love

Our work isn’t fuelled by a hunger for profit or recognition; it’s fuelled by passion. DMZ staff and startups work hard because we love what we do, and because we’re excited about the fruits of our labour — innovative products, solutions and processes that change lives and businesses in Canada and around the world.

Innovate, always

Like the startups we support, we challenge the status quo in effort to find the best ways of doing business. We think like entrepreneurs, constantly adjusting our methods and improving them. Before embarking on any project, we ask ourselves — what could be done differently?

Generosity of spirit

We believe in individual and corporate social responsibility. We look for ways to give back to each other and to our broader community, through mandated volunteer hours, charitable initiatives, and events and programming that support underrepresented and underserved groups in entrepreneurship. We strive to exemplify happiness, positivity and kindness in all that we do.

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Our team

Aaron Bryan

Operations Assistant

Abdullah Snobar

Executive Director

Abeera Sheikh

Software Developer

Ahmed Saleh

Public Relations Officer

Alexander Cheah

Experience Support Ambassador, Sandbox

Alexander Wong

Marketing and Social Media Ambassador, Sandbox

Ali Taiyeb

Business Development Lead

Alicia Bradley

Operations Administrative Assistant

Aliza Lakhani

Director, Business Development

Aliza Lakhani

Director, Business Development

Alysha D’Souza

Startup Services Lead

Annelise Mampuya

Events and Operations Specialist

Avnish Patel

Digital Marketing and Communications

Baher Ramzy

Software Developer


Director, Happiness

Danielle Smith

Community Engagement Lead

David Kwok

Programs & Community Coordinator, Sandbox

Hussam Ayyad

Director, Startup Services

Hussam Ayyad

Director, Startup Services

Ishrat Fatima

Member Services Ambassador

Jennifer Murer

Startup Services Assistant

Jordan Becker

Community Experience Lead

Katlynn Sverko

Member Services Ambassador

Krysten Connely

Manager, Marketing and Communications

Krysten Connely

Manager, Marketing and Communications

Laith Shukri

Startup Services Lead

Max Vogrin

Alumni Relations and Special Projects

Michelle Song

Media Relations and Content Creating Assistant


Cuddling Lead

Nahrain Hanna

Operations and Events Coordinator, Sandbox

Natasha Campagna

Manager, Sandbox

Nick Nguyen

Experience Support Ambassador, Sandbox

Nimra Akhtar

Events and Community Development Ambassador, Sandbox

Paulina Gusciora

Programs Ambassador, Sandbox

Ramsha Naeem

Designer and Branding Strategist


Happiness Lead

Samuel Gill

Operations and Finance Ambassador

Shane Flynn

Startup Services Lead

Sherif El Tawil

Manager, Operations

Sherif El Tawil

Manager, Operations

Stephanie Andrews

Events and Operations Support

Sydney Weinstock

Business Development Assistant

Vanessa Shiu

Operations Coordinator

Weronika Gruszczynska

Executive Coordinator
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Our advisory council

Nazmin Gupta

Chief Marketing Officer, Greystone Managed Investments Inc.

Yung Wu

Managing Director, NFQ Ventures

Andrew Macdonald

Regional General Manager, APAC and Latin America, Uber

Michael Rossi

President, adidas Group Canada

Dino Trevisani

President, IBM Canada Ltd.

David Walmsley

Editor in Chief, The Globe and Mail

Kirstine Stewart

Chief Strategy Officer, Diply GoViral

Anoop Prakash

Director of U.S. Marketing and Market Development, Harley-Davidson

Priya Patil

Corporate Director

Kevin O’Brien

Chief Client Officer, Aeroplan at Aimia Inc.

Anthony Lacavera

Founder and Chairman, Globalive Capital

Sabrina Geremia

Managing Director, Integrated Solutions, Google Canada

Maggie Fox

Former Global Senior Vice President, Digital, SAP

Bruce Croxon

Co-founder, Round13 Capital

Barry K. Columb

President and CEO, President's Choice Financial

Peter Bowie

Independent Director

John Albright

Managing Partner, Relay Ventures

Nadir Mohamed

Chairman, ScaleUP Ventures

Mohamed Lachemi

President and Vice-Chancellor, Ryerson University