The DMZ is ranked the leading university-based incubator in North America and third in the world by UBI Global. The ranking recognizes our commitment to fuelling innovation in Canada and our work to foster a vibrant startup community with unparalleled networks and programs that support early-stage entrepreneurs.
Since 2010, we've helped fuel, grow and graduate over 287 startups. They’ve raised $306 million in seed funding and have fostered the creation of more than 2,700 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 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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.