An industry leading tech accelerator.

Changing entrepreneurs' lives

The DMZ is a world leading accelerator for tech startups in Canada. We help startups build great businesses by connecting them with customers, capital, experts and a community of entrepreneurs and influencers. For us, this means creating an environment where you can focus on scaling your business. We help with the rest.

What we do

We help high-potential startups grow and scale to world-class tech businesses

DMZ startups operate in an environment that cultivates success. From access to investors, target customers, industry-leading experts and community events, our startups have what they need to scale and succeed as global companies.

What sets us apart?
We’re ranked the top business incubator in the world.

The DMZ is ranked the #1 university-based business incubator in the world by UBI Global. The ranking recognizes our commitment to helping high-growth tech startups scale, fostering a vibrant startup community and fuelling innovation in Canada.

Nine years, 452 startups and $741M raised in funding

Since 2010, we've helped fuel, grow and graduate 452 startups. They’ve raised $741 million in seed funding and have fostered the creation of more than 4,047 jobs. They’ve acquired customers, won awards, grown their teams and developed products and solutions that are positively changing lives and businesses in Canada and abroad.

We're located in the heart of Toronto

We’re right where all the action is - 40,000 square feet overlooking the heart of downtown Toronto at Yonge-Dundas Square. The strength of the city's startup ecosystem is fuelled by its highly-educated and globally-connected talent pool and a unique set of support programs that foster innovation and collaboration.

We have a world-class network of mentors, partners and startups

The DMZ is proud to be part of a network of world-class mentors, partners and startups who provide impactful and to-the-point support - fostering an ecosystem based on the labour of love.

We're a community that feels like home

Joining the DMZ means joining a strong, unique and vibrant community of like-minded people who are passionate about tech, innovation and changing the status quo.

Who we are

We’re much more than a workspace

Our mission is to build a community of experts, influencers, entrepreneurs, advisors and customers to fuel startup success and put more Canadian businesses on the map.

Our values
Equity over everything.

Not everyone begins at the same starting line, which is why DMZ's tailored support gives founders - regardless of their sexual orientation, ethnicity, race, gender or ability - what they need to succeed.

Founders first.

It's not just about accelerating companies, it's about launching the next generation of great founders.

Be great.

It's more than just getting through the day, it's about setting the bar high and conquering every moment. Sometimes being good won't cut it. Go above and beyond, think of the bigger picture and make the unimaginable happen. Greatness comes from within.

Our team

Ali Taiyeb

Partnerships Manager

Alyssa Torres

Events & Services Coordinator

Aran Pathmanathan

Accounting Assistant


Co-Director, Happiness

Blake Farquharson

Manager, Sandbox Program


Co-Director, Happiness

Emily Smiley

Manager, Programs and Investor Relations

Freeman Chow

Senior Financial Officer

Haseeb Khawaja

Community Lead

Jose Bonicelli

Space and Tech Assistant

JR De Luis

Service Guardian

Juliesa Adolphus

Operations Administrative Specialist

Justin Prajza

Full-Stack Developer

Katlynn Sverko

Special Projects Manager

Michelle Garnica

Service & Events Assistant

Natasha Campagna

Director, Marketing & Communications

Nouhaila Chelkhaoui

Programs Lead, Accelerator & Women Founders

Olivia Fraxedas

Administrative Support Specialist, Office of the Executive Director

Omar El Araby

International and Strategic Projects Coordinator

Rob Macken

Startup Recruitment Lead

Sen Sachi

Director, Accelerator Programs

Shane Flynn

Director, Incubator and Alumni Relations

Sherif El Tawil

Director, Operations, International and Strategic Projects

Sweeny D’Souza

Partners Success Lead

Vanessa Shiu

Manager, Administration, Diversity & Inclusion

Weronika Gruszczynska Strlič

Manager, Office of the Executive Director

Zyrille Galiza

Service Guardian

Our advisory council

Agnes Hilkene

Executive Director, George and Helen Vari Foundation

Anthony Lacavera

New AC Chair, Founder and Chairman, Globalive Capital

Bruce Croxon

Partner, Round13 Capital

Claude Guay

President & General Manager, IBM Canada

David Walmsley

Editor in Chief, The Globe and Mail

Fay Wu

Managing Director, NFQ Ventures

Isaac Olowolafe Jr.

General Partner, Dream Maker Ventures

John Albright

Managing Partner, Relay Ventures

Kevin O’Brien

President, Weight Watchers Canada

Mohamed Lachemi

President and Vice-Chancellor, Ryerson University

Nazmin Gupta

Managing Director of Capital Raising & Investor Relations, Bentall GreenOak

Peter Bowie

Independent Director, former CEO of Deloitte China