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For Entrepreneurs

Admission to the DMZ is competitive, and we strive to create a collaborative community that represents a rich variety of sectors and industries. Applicants must have an innovative business idea, a strong business plan and a working prototype that’s ready to launch or is already in the market. Startups accepted to the DMZ receive four months of access to tailored connections, mentorship, dedicated work space and programming (after which they can pay a membership fee to stay on).

Here’s a sampling of what startups at the DMZ receive:

  • Co-working space in an unbeatable downtown location
  • Connections to potential clients, plus a network of investors and industry contacts
  • Mentorship from dedicated entrepreneurs-in-residence and advice from an extensive list of business experts
  • Media exposure and coaching
  • Collaborative environment and peer-to-peer knowledge transfer
  • Educational workshops and networking opportunities
  • Designated workstations, WiFi and access to fully equipped meeting rooms, event space and technology
  • Discounted services from a variety of preferred external vendors
  • Connections to Ryerson University researchers and student talent

Funding

The DMZ helps connect its startups to a wide variety of funding opportunities. As we get to know your business, we’ll help connect you with opportunities that are right for you. Use the widget below from our friends at The Funding Portal to get matched to more than $27 million in government funding or private financing.

In addition to external sources of funding, Ryerson Futures Inc. — the accelerator program affiliated with the DMZ — provides seed-stage investments of up to $80K in high-potential startups.

Advisors

Entrepreneurs at the DMZ have access to a robust and diverse roster of advisors whose areas of expertise span a variety of sectors and industries. Learn more about our network of advisors and what they can offer.

Legal services

Startups at the DMZ have access to complimentary legal services, offered by the Ryerson Law & Business Clinic, as well as the Legal Innovation Zone. These consultations provide guidance on a number of business-related matters such as incorporating, drafting contracts, non-disclosure and non-compete agreements, employment legal issues, employment and independent contractor agreements, regulatory compliance, intellectual property, trademarks, copyright and basic tax issues.

Preferred vendors

Startups at the DMZ can take advantage of discounted services from preferred vendors in a variety of areas.

CategoryVendor nameDiscount
Cloud computingAmazon Web Services$1,000 in credit, one year of business support, and more
Crowdfunding IndiegogoTwo hours of free campaign consultation
Crowdfunding TiltNo fees
Displays and signageKA Media25% discount
EntertainmentFilmocrats30% off movie tickets
Office spaceBrightLane20% off fees for six months
Office spaceiQ Office Suites25% off office plans and services
Phone, tablet and laptop skinsNuvango20% off all regular-priced items
PrintingCopyrite25% off all printing
RecruitingLocal Solo50% off all paid plans for six months
ShippingUPSDiscounts on an array of shipping services
Software servicesMicrosoft BizSpark PlusAccess to Azure Cloud for US$10,000, per month, for one year. Access for up to five seats on Microsoft Office 365, for one year
Technical simulation MATLAB & SimulinkOne year of free access
Videography and animationFarmer Vision20% discount
Videography and animationLapse Productions20% discount

To take advantage of these services and resources, apply to the DMZ.