DMZ Sandbox is proud to announce six student grant winners


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DMZ Sandbox is proud to announce six student grant winners

Twice a year, students gather to pitch their innovative ideas to a panel of judges. Last week, Ryerson’s community of students, entrepreneurs, business leaders and investors attended the event at the Sheldon and Tracy Levy Student Learning Centre to hear about some of the most innovative and forward thinking startup ideas. With over 90 applications received, the list was narrowed down to 14 pitches. The ideas were incredibly competitive and saw some tough decisions made by the judges.


Who won?

$5K winners
*In partnership with Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship:

MettleAI is a system of care for opiate and alcohol-dependent individuals that predicts regressive behaviour before a relapse occurs using a predictive model created with Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence.

Ftr. is a platform that allows artists to feature on each other’s songs securely, outsource their mix and set their song for release all while growing their network and building exposure.

Menuless is a mobile app that connects users directly with the kitchen, immediately reducing labour cost while maintaining a high-quality experience. Menuless leverages technology to help restaurants improve experiences, keep up with the trends, and connect with a wider audience.

$10K winners:

uBioDiscovery is a gut microbiome monitoring program that not only tells you the composition of your microbiome, but also provides diet suggestions tailored specifically to each customer’s unique microbiome profile. uBioDiscovery’s SUPERBIOME kit is optimal for those affected by microbiome related conditions, or anyone else who is driven to improve their overall gut health!

Contraverse is a Canadian Academy Award-nominated immersive media company laying the foundation for the future of cinema. They have developed a turnkey Virtual Reality Cinema solution for film festivals and exhibitors to screen VR content with ease.

Co-Founder of uBioDiscovery,  Stage 2 Winner

$15K winners:

Taiga Robotics is developing the next step in human-robot interfaces for industry, through the emerging field of virtual reality. Taiga Robotics has developed a human-robot interface which makes control of robots easy and intuitive, requiring almost no training; they call it telereality.

What’s this all about?

A student’s finances can be the biggest barrier to turning an entrepreneurial idea into reality. The DMZ Sandbox Student Grant Program financially supports eligible Ryerson student-led startups with grant funding. It aims to fund innovative projects and initiatives that are positively impacting the economy and society.

The grant is available in a series of stages, with the following amounts available to eligible startups at each stage: Stage 1: up to $5,000, Stage 2: up to $10,000, and Stage 3: up to $15,000.

You want in?

To learn more about the Sandbox Student Grant visit and follow us on Instagram @dmzsandbox to stay up to date!

How to incubate creativity

Using a person’s brainwaves to find the perfect music to induce a state of zen. “The Three Musketeers” made into a queer, feminist web-series. An analytics platform that utilizes an array of data points to find soon-to-be famous artists.

These are just some of the success stories to come out of Ryerson’s Transmedia Zone, an industry-leading storytelling incubator that helps artists become entrepreneurs.

But how, exactly, do you incubate creativity? Can business and art truly come together in a cohesive manner?

To find out, BusinessCast host and managing partner at Bennett Gold LLP, Robert Gold, sits down with Emilia Zboralska, interim director of the Transmedia Zone and academic specialist in the Canadian media landscape.

“We encourage people to fail fast” says Zboralska, explaining how the Transmedia zone pushes its team to adopt a rapid validation cycle so they’re never stuck on an idea that isn’t viable.

Canada is at the precipice of “the next industrial revolution in media” says Zboralska as traditional media platforms are slowly losing audiences to newer platforms.

In this episode, Zboralska shares some of the exciting ways the Transmedia Zone is disrupting the Canadian media landscape and what’s next in the realm of storytelling, both online and in the real world.

For anyone wondering how a creative idea can become a practical business, this edition of BusinessCast powered by The DMZ is just for you.

DMZWiT: Balance for Better

Today we celebrate women – their strengths, their achievements, their voices.

Women are changing every industry, every political stage and are continuously fighting to create a more gender-balanced world. That said, we make it our everyday mission to champion inclusion, equity and equality. We want to challenge current problematic business norms and help improve the issues women continue to face when it comes to funding, equal pay and professional development.

Our signature Women in Tech speaker series provides a platform for meaningful conversations about what our female entrepreneurs face in their day to day and the necessary steps we need to take as a collective.

Our most recent panel, in partnership with PayPal Canada, featured Althea Wishloff, a Venture Analyst at Panache Ventures, Jamie Rosenblatt, Principal of Golden Ventures, Snita Balsara, Investment Manager at MaRS Discovery District and Investment Manager at StandUP Ventures and moderated by Nancy Sahota, Head of Consumer Segment at PayPal Canada. The discussion was centred around how women can navigate and secure equal funding, how to truly manage work-life balance and how the tech ecosystem can improve their problem with gender parity.

Supporting women is built into our culture, and we’re proud to provide a space for all of our entrepreneurs to connect and support one another. We’re dedicated to delivering on our values – equity over everything and founders first – and look forward to continuing the conversation around equality in business and entrepreneurship.

Happy International Women’s Day to you, your mother’s, sisters, caretakers, colleagues, mentors and every woman who gives you unconditional support!