Apply to be our next startup success story.

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To apply to the DMZ, you’ll need:

Focus on solving a compelling problem

Innovative technology

Working prototype (minimum) in market or ready-to-launch

Potential to grow and scale to achieve high impact

“Lean canvas” business model and an effective pitch deck

Significant market validation in the form of sales

Driven, coachable and collaborative leadership team

The application process

Admission to the DMZ is highly competitive, with an acceptance rate of 15% or less. We focus on granting membership to the most innovative, high potential and impactful companies that can benefit from our resources, network and access to capital. At the same time, we strive to foster a collaborative and highly engaged community that represents a rich variety of sectors and industries.
1. Startups apply online using the DMZ Application Form

If you have any questions about the application process, you can email us at DMZSTARTUPSERVICES@RYERSON.CA

2. Applicants that meet the eligibility criteria will be contacted by a member of the Startup Services team to schedule a follow up meeting

We'll contact you to review your business and decide whether you're ready and/or applicable to pitch. How long this takes is dependent on where you are with your business. We sometimes ask that you finesse your application and provide you with the resources to help.

3. Selected startups will be invited to pitch to DMZ’s Startup Services team and selection committee

Pitch sessions happen at least once a month. You'll be notified within two weeks if you're accepted.

4. Once accepted, startups will be offered a four month membership, with access to resources and support

DMZ members will have access to a tailored suite of services, from legal help to a network of best-in-class mentors in sales, pitching, fundraising, investing, and more - in a dynamic and vibrant community which fuels startup success.

You can expect a response within 3-4 weeks.
Have questions? We have answers.

Don’t meet the criteria?

We make exceptions.

If you don't fit the requirements listed above, it's still possible to join our community. We accept a small number of teams through various programs at the DMZ. Reach out to us here.

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