Bootcamp
Our pre-incubator program
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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.
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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.

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

Janey Buzugbe

Head, Black Innovation Programs and Partnerships

Katlynn Sverko

Manager, Satellite Programs

Madison Henry

Sandbox Programs Assistant

Naveed Tagari

Programs & Partnerships Coordinator

Nouhaila Chelkhaoui

Manager, Women Founders 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
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Testimonial

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“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.“
- Salma & Marijana (Co-founders, Womaneze)
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