Bootcamp

Our pre-incubator program

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR FEBRUARY 2022

Program dates: February 1 - March 10, 2022

APPLY BY JANUARY 13

Not sure if you qualify for this program or want to learn more? Get in touch with our Recruitment Lead here.

The DMZ’s Bootcamp helps early-stage tech founders validate their business idea, establish a minimum viable product and build a roadmap for implementation to launch a startup.

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What you get

Over the course of 6 weeks, this program gives founders exposure to the different domains important in building a venture: sales, marketing, operations, technology, finance, leadership and more.

This is an equity-free program. The DMZ does not take an equity stake from companies in the Bootcamp.

Through the Bootcamp, founders get: founder roundtables and peer to peer sessions, expert-led workshop series, and dedicated one-on-one support from our Program Leads. Upon completing the program, startups should be ready to launch within three months and generate revenue within six months.

Founders must submit an application to be considered for the Bootcamp. For program eligibility, please see Selection Criteria below.

Startups with at least one Black or woman-identifying co-founder receive an additional layer of startup support and benefits when joining the Bootcamp.

FOR WOMEN FOUNDERS

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Bootcamp startups receive:

  • Curated workshops from industry experts (Entrepreneurs-in-Residence)
  • Bi-weekly progress check-ins with DMZ Program Leads
  • Founder peer-to-peer (P2P) sessions
  • Weekly SURFs (Stand Up Rapid Fire)
  • Demo day pitch and graduation
  • Exclusive perks and discounts

In efforts to lower the barrier to entry for early-stage startups, the DMZ has waived the Bootcamp membership fee.

Get started perks valued at over $470K

Through the DMZ's partnerships, Bootcamp startups receive exclusive perks from 80+ partners valued at over $470K in business savings. Check out some of them below.

Selection criteria

Applicants for the Bootcamp should:

  • Have at least one participating founder and ideally, a dedicated tech lead
  • Have a business idea dedicated to solving a compelling problem using innovative technology
  • Have completed basic market research to understand the problem/solution
  • Have the potential to transition into the DMZ Incubator program at the end of the Bootcamp
  • Be driven, coachable, and collaborative

Team

Emily Smiley

Head of Programs & Investor Relations

Janey Buzugbe

Head, Black Innovation Programs and Partnerships

Katlynn Sverko

Head of Global & Corporate Partnerships

Madavi Sooriyapperuma

Programs & Partnerships Coordinator

Madison Henry

Sandbox Programs Assistant

Naveed Tagari

Strategic Programs Specialist

Nouhaila Chelkhaoui

Manager, Women Founders Programs

Tina Mbachu

Program Lead, Black Innovation Programs

Entrepreneurs-in-Residence

Take a look at the mentors that support our Bootcamp companies

Anthony Lau

Product, Sales

Frank Erschen

Pitching

Hackim Farrell

Cybersecurity, Product

Karen Hogg

Customer Success

Manu Kabahizi

Product, Fundraising

Phillip Gales

Operations

Sandy Perlman

Marketing

Meet our Professionals-in-Residence

Through the Professional-in-Residence (PiR) program, DMZ founders have direct access to senior leadership at vetted companies, all under the DMZ roof. One-on-one strategic consultation meetings are pro-bono and any projects or work arising thereafter (at the founder's discretion) is offered at DMZ exclusive discounted rates.

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR FEBRUARY 2022

APPLY BY JANUARY 13

Not sure if you qualify for this program or want to learn more? Get in touch with our Recruitment Lead here.

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