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A startup’s secret to success: knowing their customers really, really well

  This post was written by Alec Levin. Alec is the co-founder and CEO of SteadfastBeta, a DMZ-based startup for user research. Startups have discovered the fast lane to innovation. They continue to outpace the R&D departments of well-established companies around the world. So what sets them apart? They engage their users and frequently update […]  This post was written by Alec Levin. Alec is the co-founder and CEO of SteadfastBeta, a DMZ-based startup for user research. Startups have discovered the fast lane to innovation. They continue to outpace the R&D departments of well-established companies around the world. So what sets them apart? They engage


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How to actually sell your product or service in four steps

This post was written by Jalil Asaria. Jalil is a sales executive at Roadmunk, a DMZ-based startup. Running a young, unproven, early-stage company brings with it many challenges. But so many of those challenges are appeased if you have true validation from the market. They say sales cures all, and frankly, it does. Revenue — or […]This post was written by Jalil Asaria. Jalil is a sales executive at Roadmunk, a DMZ-based startup. Running a young, unproven, early-stage company brings with it many challenges. But so many of those challenges are appeased if you have true validation from the market. They say sales cures all, and frankly, it


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Startup advice from the finalists of SheEO’s Radical Generosity Initiative

  This post was written for the DMZ by Divya Pahwa of SheEO. Earlier this fall, SheEO’s Radical Generosity Initiative made a call for Canadian, women-led ventures with at least $50,000 in annual revenue to apply for the opportunity to decide how to split $1 million in funding. The fund is being created by a thousand women […]  This post was written for the DMZ by Divya Pahwa of SheEO. Earlier this fall, SheEO’s Radical Generosity Initiative made a call for Canadian, women-led ventures with at least $50,000 in annual revenue to apply for the opportunity to decide how to split $1 million in funding. The fund is being created by a


Michael Chan (Ontario's International Trade Minister), Sheldon Levy (President of Ryerson University), Owen Lawrence (RBS) and Eric Van der Kleij (Level39) welcomed Ruzbeh Bacha to Toronto.

THE NEXT BIG IDEA CONTEST UK (FINTECH) WINNER CITYFALCON IS HELPING SMALL INVESTORS MAKE BIG GAINS

Earlier this year, Ryerson University’s DMZ, in association with London-based incubator Level39 and the Ontario government, ran the Next Big Idea Contest UK (Fintech).  This is an international business plan contest for startups which are addressing emerging technologies and opportunities in financial technologies and are capable of scaling globally.  After completion of an application process, […]Earlier this year, Ryerson University’s DMZ, in association with London-based incubator Level39 and the Ontario government, ran the Next Big Idea Contest UK (Fintech).  This is an international business plan contest for startups which are addressing emerging technologies and opportunities in financial technologies


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Startups use TIFF as a lure for Silicon Valley cash

This article was written by Shane Dingman and originally published by The Globe and Mail. The Toronto International Film Festival is always a big draw for people all over the world, including quite a few from southern California. This year a group of technology evangelists is bringing in some big fish from northern California in what […]This article was written by Shane Dingman and originally published by The Globe and Mail. The Toronto International Film Festival is always a big draw for people all over the world, including quite a few from southern California. This year a group of technology evangelists is bringing in some big fish from


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500px raises another $13M to take on Getty and Flickr

This post was written by Ingrid Lunden and originally published by TechCrunch. As Facebook continues to add more advertising features to Instagram, another photo-sharing platform is expanding in its commercial and global ambitions with a new round of funding. 500px — a Toronto-based startup where users post and share, as well as buy and sell photos — has raised […]This post was written by Ingrid Lunden and originally published by TechCrunch. As Facebook continues to add more advertising features to Instagram, another photo-sharing platform is expanding in its commercial and global ambitions with a new round of funding. 500px — a Toronto-based startup where users post and


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Women in Entrepeneurship: What’s Wrong With the Entrepreneurship Narrative

International Women’s Day is on Sunday March 8. This week, we’ll be sharing stories and videos featuring the women of the DMZ and their experiences as female entrepreneurs. This post was written by James F. Sweeney and originally published on ID8Nation.com. Vicki Saunders is an entrepreneur-in-residence at the Digital Media Zone. Vicki Saunders has advocated for entrepreneurship […]International Women’s Day is on Sunday March 8. This week, we’ll be sharing stories and videos featuring the women of the DMZ and their experiences as female entrepreneurs. This post was written by James F. Sweeney and originally published on ID8Nation.com. Vicki Saunders is an


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Government Funding Essential to Spur Innovation

This post was written by Sara Mojtehedzadeh and originally published by the Toronto Star. The problem with experiments is very simple, says University of Toronto Professor Dan Breznitz. They often fail. Which presents a dilemma for those who want to foster innovation: In a world of limited resources, who should be placing the bets on potential winners? And […]This post was written by Sara Mojtehedzadeh and originally published by the Toronto Star. The problem with experiments is very simple, says University of Toronto Professor Dan Breznitz. They often fail. Which presents a dilemma for those who want to foster innovation: In a world of limited resources, who should be


Jan 5 2015

When Is a Startup No Longer a Startup?

This article was written by Cameron Chell and originally published by The Globe and Mail. When is a startup no longer a startup? Ask 50 entrepreneurs and they’ll likely give you slightly different answers: it’s when a company moves from idea to public listing, or it’s when a team of two grows to four or it’s […]


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The Four Biggest Stumbling Points in Running a Crowdfunding Campaign

This article was written by Joseph Czikk and originally published by Techvibes. It could be argued that Vanhawks cofounders Ali and Sohaib Zahid would inevitably become successful after launching its carbon fibre connected bicycle, the Valour. The bike raised the most money for a Canadian project on Kickstarter in early June. Pledgers from all over the […]This article was written by Joseph Czikk and originally published by Techvibes. It could be argued that Vanhawks cofounders Ali and Sohaib Zahid would inevitably become successful after launching its carbon fibre connected bicycle, the Valour. The bike raised the most money for a Canadian project on Kickstarter in