July 5th - August 25th, 2022

Basecamp


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


704

Student applications received

184

Students accepted

131

Startups created

67

Features in major media outlets

What you'll learn



Sales and negotiation
strategies
man beside chart
Legal advice
person watching video on monitor
Marketing strategies
marketing platforms on cellphone
Product and brand
management
customer playbook
Value proposition
design
sections on a website
And so much more
people sharing ideas on whiteboards

Week by week


  • Program Validation & Prototyping
    Week 1: Entrepreneurship 101 & Goal Setting
    Week 2: Design Thinking & Customer Discovery
    Week 3: Mock Ups & Prototyping
  • Go To Market
    Week 4: Messaging & Marketing
    Week 5: Financing & Legal
    Week 6: Product Launch & Sales
  • Pitching & Storytelling
    Week 7: Pitching
    Week 8: Basecamp Finals!

Application criteria

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

Timeline

REGULAR ADMISSION

Applications open Monday, March 28th, 2022
  • Application Deadline
    April 29th
  • Application Results
    May 16th - 20th
  • Interview Date
    May 24th - 27th
  • Final Decision
    May 30th
  • Basecamp Onboarding
    June 14th

LATE ADMISSION

Late Applications open on May 16th
  • Application Deadline
    May 27th
  • Application Results
    May 30th
  • Interview Date
    May 30th - June 8th
  • Final Decision
    June 10th
  • Basecamp Onboarding
    June 14th

Success stories

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


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


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.

Supporting partner



Agnes Hilkene

Executive Director, The George and Helen Vari Foundation

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.

Past notable speakers



Amir Jaffari

Growth Lead, Shopify

Bobby Hennessey

Client Solutions Manager, Facebook

Daniel Asper

Senior Manager, Business Development, Shopify

Derek Hopfner

Co-Founder, Founded

Edward T. Fan

Partner, Torys LLP

Henry Shi

Co-Founder & CTO, Snaptravel

Inmar Givoni

Senior Autonomy Engineering Manager, Uber

Jyll Saskin Gales

International Growth Consultant, Google

Maria Attarian

Customer Solutions Engineer, Google

Mark Schnabel

Partner Manager, Pinterest

Morgan McCunn

Product Manager, Shopify

Ozge Yeloglu

Chief Data Scientist, Microsoft

Sheldon Levy

Special Advisor to the Minister of Small Business and Export, Government of Canada

Stephen Dixon

Telco Lead, Amazon

Tyler Lindell

AI/VR Lead, Tesla

Wesley Tarle

Software Engineer, Google

For more infomation, please contact



Shane Flynn

Head of Talent Development

Madison Henry

Assistant, Talent Development

Naveed Tagari

Strategic Programs Specialist