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August 23, 2016

Move over millennials, Gen Z gets entrepreneurial

Generation Zers – individuals born after the mid-1990s – are the definition of innovators. They are forward-thinking, tech-savvy and adapt easily to change, making them the perfect candidates for thriving businesses and their new socially-driven job roles. Some Gen Zers, however, have moved past the stage of job hunting and created their own career paths, […]

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August 15, 2016

How two DMZ startups are bringing tech to the food industry

Canadian foodies, rejoice. Two DMZ-based startups, Pass The Table and Urbery, are reshaping your dining experience. Pass The Table connects diners with unique, memorable and meaningful out-of-house dining encounters. Launched in September 2014, the startup gives exclusive access to curated and tailored restaurant menus in Toronto, such as 10-courses of Japanese tapas at Hapa Izakaya […]

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August 2, 2016

How to explain technical things to not so technical people

Every entrepreneur and developer has been faced with the challenge of communicating with people who know very little about what they do. No matter what industry you’re part of, you’ll most likely bump into people (and possible customers) that may not have the same skill sets as you. It’s important to find ways to make […]Every


July 25, 2016


TORONTO, July 25, 2016 – Canada’s tech sector is a major driver of innovation and a dependable source of economic growth for the foreseeable future, indicates new research from the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship (BII+E) at Ryerson University. The report, released today, entitled The State of Canada’s Tech Sector, 2016, has updated and […]

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July 14, 2016

The top highlights (and lessons learned) from my first year as executive director

During the past 12 months as the Executive Director, I’ve had the privilege of being surrounded by a community of energetic, driven, resilient individuals. This community has allowed us, the DMZ, to thrive from the momentum, to become a leading global business incubator and to focus efforts on one ultimate priority: our startups. Muhammed Ali […]

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July 5, 2016


TORONTO, July 5, 2016 – Today, Ryerson University and the DMZ, the top-ranked university-based incubator in North America, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with ProMexico and LatAm Startups. The signing comes off the heels of President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto’s visit to Ottawa for the North American Leaders’ Summit, which focused on […]


July 4, 2016

Next Big Idea UK winners explore opportunities across the pond

Pictured above (from left) are Dr David Hardman, Innovation Birmingham; Mike Bandar, Hopper HQ; Aaron Rosland, Counsellor (Commercial – Ontario); Clive Bawden, Breaking Free Group and Andy Lee, NatWest. Over the years, the DMZ has made friends in countries all across the world.  Thanks to exciting partnerships, collaborations and competitions, we’ve expanded our network to […]

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June 27, 2016

Mayor Tory launches StartUpHERE Toronto Café mentoring platform

Mayor John Tory launched a new mentoring platform for entrepreneurs and small businesses with program partner Ten Thousand Coffees. “This initiative will help make Toronto’s business community more accessible to those developing their businesses and careers,” said Mayor Tory. “We are pleased to help open the doors to success for future generations of entrepreneurs.” The […]Mayor

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June 24, 2016

Workplace inclusion- more than just diverse faces

This year marks the first Pride Month in Toronto. It also marks the first time in Canadian history where a mayor, premier and the Prime Minister will march in the Pride parade. Although an inaugural occasion to be celebrated, the recent attack in Orlando reminds us that the fight to end discrimination against the LGBTQ […]This

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June 23, 2016

Building a culture of embracing change

If you’re like me, you spent last month riveted as the Toronto Raptors exceeded expectations and advanced through three rounds of the NBA playoffs for the first time in franchise history. As I watched this scrappy underdog team defy the odds and seemingly will themselves to victory over heavily-favoured rivals, one thought kept occurring to […]If