A global summer entrepreneurship program helping students develop, market and accelerate their potential.
Compete for one in five grants of up to $5000 in funding!
DMZ Virtual 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
Weekly accountability meetings with DMZ staff
Opportunities to engage with other leading startups and experts from across Canada
Candidates compete against a smaller pool and have the opportunity to receive a faster decision
May 10 - 12
Candidates receive more time to apply but compete against a larger pool of applicants
May 24 - 31
Candidates are considered on a case by case basis depending on remaining capacity
June 22 - 27
A FRIENDLIER COMPANY
A Friendlier Company is creating a smart, centralized reuse system to eliminate single-use food packaging waste. The company gives food service providers reusable takeout containers, and once used, A Friendlier Company handles all reverse logistics, washing, and redistribution for reuse. The containers are lightweight, stackable, and are competitively priced to disposable plastic containers. This zero-waste system generates up to 60% less greenhouse gas emissions than single-use alternatives. Since launching, A Friendlier Company
has been featured on CTV News, Global News, and the CBC.
Anaxa specializes in the inconceivable. Even in a world of an ever-growing list of connected devices, there is so much room for growth. Our goal is to implement bleeding edge, quantum based hardware across different industries to solve their biggest problems. Anaxa will start protocol testing this year and is on track to developing its hardware in 2023.
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!
This Basecamp program stream is open to students across Canada that identify as Black and are working towards careers in venture capital with a focus on: sourcing deals, risk and due diligence, and equity negotiations. Successful participants will have the opportunity to apply to internships with VCs in the DMZ network.
If you are interested in pursuing a career in venture capital, simply select BIP VC Stream in the Basecamp Application!
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.
Past notable speakers
Growth Lead, Shopify
Client Solutions Manager, Facebook
Senior Manager, Business Development, Shopify
Edward T. Fan
Partner, Torys LLP
Co-Founder & CTO, Snaptravel
Senior Autonomy Engineering Manager, Uber
Jyll Saskin Gales
International Growth Consultant, Google
Customer Solutions Engineer, Google
Partner Manager, Pinterest
Product Manager, Shopify
Chief Data Scientist, Microsoft
Special Advisor to the Minister of Small Business and Export, Government of Canada
Telco Lead, Amazon
AI/VR Lead, Tesla
Software Engineer, Google
Basecamp in review
28 startups. 51 students. 6 weeks. Get a rundown of Basecamp 2018.