July 5th - August 25th, 2022
An IRL (in real life) summer entrepreneurship program helping students
Compete for one in five grants of up to $5000 in funding!
DMZ Basecamp is an 8-week intensive student incubation program that helps young entrepreneurs create tech solutions to growing social or economic gaps in society.
At Basecamp, students tap into their potential and learn how to develop and market business ideas with the help of other young innovators, industry mentors and successful entrepreneurs. This is an opportunity for students to start real companies and gain experiential learning opportunities to apply what they’ve learnt and solved the world’s biggest problems.
What's in it for you?
- 1:1 mentoring with DMZ Staff, alumni companies, and outside mentors
- Connection to Ryerson Universities 10 entrepreneurial zones
- Customized coaching with DMZ experts on marketing, product development, lean canvas business models, consultations, and financing
- Bi-weekly accountability meetings with DMZ staff
- Opportunities to engage with other leading startups and experts from across Canada
- Compete for one in five grants of up to $5000 in funding!
Basecamp by the numbers
67Features in major media outlets
What you'll learn
Sales and negotiation
Product and brand
And so much more
Week by week
Program Validation & PrototypingWeek 1: Entrepreneurship 101 & Goal Setting
Week 2: Design Thinking & Customer Discovery
Week 3: Mock Ups & Prototyping
Go To MarketWeek 4: Messaging & Marketing
Week 5: Financing & Legal
Week 6: Product Launch & Sales
Pitching & StorytellingWeek 7: Pitching
Week 8: Basecamp Finals!
Students interested in the program must:
- Have at least one team member commit to the program in person 2-3 days a week
- Be returning to school in the fall or have graduated high school or postsecondary within eight months program start date
- Have an innovative business idea that utilizes technology to solve a compelling industry problem
- Have a driven, coachable, and collaborative team
Don’t have an idea, but still interested in Basecamp?
New in 2022 - Supply AI stream: For students who don’t yet have a business idea, Basecamp now offers support in helping students ideate a business that tackles supply chain problems through AI. In this stream, participants joining Basecamp without an idea get to participate in exclusive workshops and learn from industry experts and startup founders alike who are making waves in the supply chain industry. At the end of the program, the top Supply AI team will be awarded $5,000! Please specify in your application that you’re applying without a business idea, and you’ll be considered for this stream.
Ready to validate your business?APPLY NOW
REGULAR ADMISSIONApplications open Monday, March 28th, 2022
Application DeadlineApril 29th
Application ResultsMay 16th - 20th
Interview DateMay 24th - 27th
Final DecisionMay 30th
Basecamp OnboardingJune 14th
LATE ADMISSIONLate Applications open on May 16th
Application DeadlineMay 27th
Application ResultsMay 30th
Interview DateMay 30th - June 8th
Final DecisionJune 10th
Basecamp OnboardingJune 14th
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MedaKi’s focus is on increasing accessibility to health care products and providers, specifically pharmaceuticals. We are headed towards a future where all pharmacy services and products will be delivered through an application on your mobile device or desktop. With MedaKi’s solution, we will allow users to directly connect with their local pharmacy! Medaki was accepted into Ryerson’s Science Discovery Zone and Ryerson’s Biomedical Zone. MedaKi also won the top prize at the Ryerson Venture Zone Industry Challenge.
A venture capital internship stream for Black-identified students interested in the VC world!
Black-identified people are vastly underrepresented in the venture capital world. This is why the DMZ launched the Venture Capital Stream for Black Identified Founders in the Basecamp program. Founders in this stream will receive access to exclusive workshops, and peer-to-peer sessions, as well as the opportunity to apply to internships with VC's in the DMZ network.
If you are interested in pursuing a career in venture capital, simply select "BiP" in the DMZ Application stream when applying to Basecamp.
Agnes HilkeneExecutive Director, The George and Helen Vari Foundation
link to Dreamaker venture website
The George and Helen Vari Foundation
A particular focus of The George and Helen Vari Foundation is ensuring that motivated entrepreneurial students have the supports in place so they can reach their full academic and professional potential.