The Black Innovation Programs (BIP) is a first-of-its-kind partnership in Canada between Ryerson University and a community of founding partners. The BIF will see more startups led by Black entrepreneurs gain access to the strengthening support of DMZ’s award-winning university-based incubator network, gain access to exclusive mentorship opportunities, custom programming, and access to funding. The BIF will also foster an alumni and support network that will drive conversations, actions and new stories around Black entrepreneurs in Canada.
Applications are open year round for our Sandbox & Validator program. Our Accelerator program application is currently open and closes on August 20th, 2019.
The BIF program team will help interested founders navigate the application process to determine which of our 3 programs is right for them!
No -- BIP is free for participants and will additionally waive any desk and participation fees associated with participating in one of the DMZ programs. This program is made possible by the leadership and support of a community of Founding Partners, including Shopify and the program’s Inaugural Founding Partner, Isaac Olowolafe Jr. of Dream Maker Ventures.
The BIP program will last 12 months. Entrepreneurs can anticipate 8-12 hours a month of formal programming.
Being part of DMZ’s network already provides startups with a wealth of value. This includes work and meeting space in downtown Toronto, competitions and awards that can unlock new partnerships and funding, promotion and marketing opportunities, and the backing of a supportive community of peers, experts and staff.
BIF participants will receive additional benefits and programming, some of which will be tailored to the distinct needs of each cohort. These benefits include: