January 10, 2017

How a Toronto startup can help your business profit from VR

There’s no doubt that virtual reality (VR) has gotten… well, real. The year 2016 will be remembered as the debut of consumer VR, with large tech companies planting their stakes in this growing market. However, due to VR being known primarily for gaming, many see it as an unappealing and unrelatable platform.   One DMZ-based […]

Automation blog DMZ

December 27, 2016

Automation and AI- is your job next?

As new technology makes the world smarter, gadgets and apps continue to optimize our personal and professional lives. As more and more intelligent machines enter the workplace, many are divided over the effects of increasing automation- the replacement of workers with technology and computerization. With 42 per cent of jobs being considered at high risk […]As


December 21, 2016

How do I… measure my PR to determine my ROI?

How do you track and measure your PR activities? Depends who you ask. Unfortunately, there isn’t one overarching PR measurement tool to help you track whether what you’re doing is working. Depending on your business, your PR strategy, and your PR goals, how you measure your outcomes can vary.   Below are some basic ways […]How


December 15, 2016

2017- an automated future?

Near the end of every year, predictions are made on what to expect in the coming year when it comes to technology. This year, the conversation has taken a turn to how technology will transform jobs at a pace -and on a scale- never seen before. Business models are slowly disappearing, and workplace structures are […]Near

garage arrow DMZ blog

December 9, 2016

Getting creative on concrete: Meet two Toronto startups that are defining autotech

Cars burn both gas and money. But here are two DMZ startups that can help you get the most out of both. Rover Parking matches drivers with the perfect parking space at a fraction of the cost of traditional lots. Launched in August 2015, Rover operates through a mobile app similar to Uber that flags […]Cars

DMZ network effects blog

November 28, 2016

Five things a VC wants you to know about network effects

As your startup is growing, you’ll likely be seeking venture capital. This is why the DMZ recently jump started its monthly investor series, Capital Catalyst, to help entrepreneurs maneuver through the current fundraising environment. Our first official session was on network effects. Often underutilized or not carefully executed, network effects are a key component in […]As

Fintech Awards press release

November 23, 2016


The DMZ and Ryerson’s Zone Startups awarded ‘Incubator Award’ and ‘Academic Institution Most Supportive of Fintech Award’ respectively. TORONTO, November 23, 2016 – The Digital Finance Institute’s 2016 Fintech Awards announced the DMZ as the winner of its ‘Accelerator, Incubator or Entrepreneurial Network Award.’ The DMZ was selected among three finalists that included Communitech and […]The

GEW Huffington Post blog post

November 18, 2016

Innovation in education: Why Canada needs it now more than ever

Global Entrepreneurship Week is the largest celebration of innovators and job creators, aiming to raise global awareness about the benefits of becoming an entrepreneur. From small towns to big cities, entrepreneurs all over the world are creating an economic and social impact that continues to improve the livelihood of millions. How so? Small street vendors […]


November 17, 2016

The four pillars to make sure your startup stays on track

Dave Chalmers, an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the DMZ, helps startups with growth, operations and strategy. Building a tech company is a pressure filled experience that requires founders and their employees to have a great work ethic, be multi-talented and open to change, all while executing against sound business fundamentals. Often founders look to the billion dollar […]Dave

East coast blog photo

November 8, 2016

Committing to coast-to-coast innovation

Canada is charting a forward-thinking path; a path that fuels innovation and opens new opportunities for economic growth. And as we continue to grow, our prosperity depends on the progress of not just a couple cities, but every city and town coast-to-coast. This past summer, I had the opportunity to travel to the east coast’s […]