Black Innovation Programs

Empowering the next wave of Black entrepreneurs



The Black Innovation Bootcamp is a six-week program designed to support very early-stage Black tech founders around the world. The Bootcamp aims to help founders validate their business ideas and market opportunity, as well as build their first prototype and MVP.

Using a hands-on approach, this program gives founders exposure to the different domains important in building a venture: sales, marketing, operations, technology, finance, leadership and more.

The Bootcamp provides founders with many of the benefits incorporated in DMZ’s core programming such as coaching from EiRs, expert workshops and dedicated support from a DMZ Program Lead.

Upon completing the Bootcamp, startups will have a chance to fast track their application to our core Black Innovation Program.

“The Bootcamp gave me a learning path. It provided my startup with a wealth of information around product design and development, product-market positioning, leadership and team building, marketing, legal and more. Additionally, getting to know other founders in my cohort was inspiring and it helped me build a foundational network. I’m looking forward to continuing my growth with the DMZ community. “
- Theo Ossinga, Founder,

We are now accepting applications for our next Bootcamp! Please see the program timeline, selection criteria and application link for our upcoming cohort below.

Program timeline

October 13 - 30:   Application Round
November 2 - 13:   Interviews/Diligence
November 23:   Program Starts
December 21:   Winter Break Starts
January 4:   Program Resumes
January 15:   Program Ends

What you get

Over the course of six weeks, Bootcamp founders will get access to:

Growth and digital experts

Hands-on coaching from high-calibre, experienced senior mentors


The chance to meet and network with influential investors, experts and researchers


Exclusive workshops, conferences and deep dive sessions by Canada's leading experts

Peer sessions

Opportunities to meet and network with other founders in your cohort

Exclusive member benefits

Access to DMZ online resources, exclusive member perks and discounts, services from Professionals-in-Residence (PiRs) and Alum-in-Residence (AiRs)

Selection criteria

Applicants for the BIF Bootcamp must:

  • Identify as a Black founder
  • Have a business idea dedicated to solving a compelling problem using innovative technology
  • Have completed basic market research to understand the problem/solution
  • Be driven, coachable, and collaborative

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