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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.

Seven years, 371 startups and $539.7M raised in funding

Since 2010, we've helped fuel, grow and graduate 371 startups. They’ve raised $539.7 million in seed funding and have fostered the creation of more than 3,521 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 - 32,900 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.

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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
Set the bar high-and higher

We strive to be the best in all that we do. We aim to provide unparalleled support to emerging entrepreneurs, and to serve as a leading example to other incubators and accelerators around the world. But we never rest on our laurels; once we achieve our personal best, we set out to beat it. It’s a standard we encourage for our staff and for our startups — don’t settle.

Celebrate people and diversity

We believe that diversity — of people, of opinions, of ideas, of industries and of approaches — is essential to doing good business. To encourage and celebrate diversity, we seek to provide equal opportunities for everyone to participate in DMZ programming, events and everyday culture. The DMZ community fosters a sense of belonging, respect, and support. This provides a framework that empowers everyone to achieve their best.

Create collaboratively

We don’t believe in doing things alone. We know that the best work is most often a result of consultation and collaboration with a variety of people who bring diverse experiences and expertise to the table. That’s why our work space is open, why we seat startups from different industries alongside each other, and why we partner with other incubators and startup organizations instead of competing.

Labour of love

Our work isn’t fuelled by a hunger for profit or recognition; it’s fuelled by passion. DMZ staff and startups work hard because we love what we do, and because we’re excited about the fruits of our labour — innovative products, solutions and processes that change lives and businesses in Canada and around the world.

Innovate, always

Like the startups we support, we challenge the status quo in effort to find the best ways of doing business. We think like entrepreneurs, constantly adjusting our methods and improving them. Before embarking on any project, we ask ourselves — what could be done differently?

Generosity of spirit

We believe in individual and corporate social responsibility. We look for ways to give back to each other and to our broader community, through mandated volunteer hours, charitable initiatives, and events and programming that support underrepresented and underserved groups in entrepreneurship. We strive to exemplify happiness, positivity and kindness in all that we do.

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Our team

Aaron Bryan

Space and Tech Specialist

Ahmed Saleh

Public Relations Officer

Alyssa Torres

Service Guardian

Ashley Catania

Manager, Marketing and Communications

Ashutosh Syal

Programs Lead, Sandbox

Blake Farquharson

Programs Lead

Calypso

Director, Happiness

Emily Smiley

Programs and Partnerships Assistant

Freeman Chow

Financial Officer

Haseeb Khawaja

Youth Programs Coordinator, Sandbox

Hussam Ayyad

Sr. Director, Programs and Partnerships

Juliesa Adolphus

Operations Administrative Assistant

Justin Prajza

Full-Stack Developer

Laith Shukri

Investor Relations Lead

Max Vogrin

Alumni Relations and Special Projects

Natasha Campagna

Manager, Sandbox

Nouhaila Chelkhaoui

Programs Lead

Olivia Fraxedas

Scheduling Assistant, Office of the Executive Director

Omar El Araby

Investor Relations Specialist

Ramsha Naeem

Design and Brand Lead

Rana Fatima

Accelerator Programs Assistant

Sen Sachi

Director, Accelerator Programs

Shane Flynn

Program Lead

Sherif El Tawil

Director, Operations and Strategic Projects

Vanessa Shiu

Operations Coordinator

Weronika Gruszczynska

Manager, Office of the Executive Director

Our advisory council

Andrew Macdonald

Vice President, Operations, LatAm and APAC, Uber

Anthony Lacavera

Founder and Chairman, Globalive Capital

Bruce Croxon

Co-founder, Round13 Capital

David Walmsley

Editor in Chief, The Globe and Mail

John Albright

Managing Partner, Relay Ventures

Kevin O’Brien

President and General Manager, Weight Watchers Canada

Kirstine Stewart

President and CRO, TribalScale

Maggie Fox

Chief Marketing Officer, Globoforce

Michael Rossi

President, adidas Group Canada

Mohamed Lachemi

President and Vice-Chancellor, Ryerson University

Nadir Mohamed

Chairman, ScaleUP Ventures

Nazmin Gupta

Chief Marketing Officer, Greystone Managed Investments Inc.

Peter Bowie

Independent Director

Priya Patil

Corporate Director

Sabrina Geremia

Country Director, Google Canada

Yung Wu

CEO, MaRS Discovery District