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.
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.
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.
“As two 60-year-old co-founders with a lot of business expertise under our belts, we weren’t quite sure what the DMZ Bootcamp was going to offer us. We need not have worried! The EiRs generously shared their expertise, and helped us hone our thinking and skills around community building, establishing robust metrics and pitching to investors. The Women Founders programming was a definite bonus element. It offered a supportive environment for founders that prompted important discussions on the challenges particular to women in entrepreneurship. Our Bootcamp experience has been invaluable and we feel privileged to have experienced it.“