DMZ COVID-19 Statement

The success and safety of our founders is our organization’s top priority. While we were one of the first incubator-accelerators to close our physical office on March 18, 2020, our staff have been working around the clock (from home) to build resources and provide seamless online programming to all of our member startups.

All DMZ startups continue to access meetings with Entrepreneurs-in-Residence, Program Leads, peers, mentors and staff through virtual sessions.

For startups who are looking to join DMZ’s incubator or accelerator, you can submit an application HERE 24/7, right from your home. If you would prefer to chat before applying, do not wait to reach out. We’d be delighted to set up a virtual meeting with you.

At DMZ, our vision is to see a world powered by ambitious entrepreneurs. In trying times, we do whatever it takes to provide innovators with the tools needed to build solutions that change lives.

Stay strong, stay positive and stay home.

Abdullah Snobar
Executive Director, DMZ

Through the good times, and bad.

To say the world is going through a difficult time would be an understatement. We recognize it’s affecting you. Your loved ones. Your employees. Your business.

Startups like you are at the heart of everything we do, and we will do anything we can to support you.

We’re here for you.


Anyone in the tech community is welcome to check out our virtual workshop series. Join subject-matter experts to learn how startups can navigate tough business decisions, but also recognize growth opportunities, during a time of uncertainty.

Missed a live workshop? We’ve got you covered! Check out the recordings.


We challenged Canadian innovators to create a digital solution that would help combat issues being faced by frontline workers, businesses and/or everyday Canadians as a result of COVID-19.

Congratulations to our winning team, Evrlinx, who took home the $15,000 cash prize and $200,000 business services package.


How our startups are stepping up

Here's what you need to know

How are you working with startups during COVID-19?

As an incubator-accelerator for tech startups, it only makes sense to have a fully-accessible digital program for times like these.

We’re creating a seamless virtual experience for all DMZ startups. Although we won’t be in the physical DMZ space, we’re ensuring each and every startup has the necessary tools to continue growing their business while keeping their health and safety top of mind.

The DMZ is offering digital programming for our current and upcoming Incubator and Accelerator cohorts, a virtual workshop series featuring subject-matter experts and a comprehensive list of resources to help companies deal with the implications of COVID-19.

Is DMZ still accepting applications?

Yes! We aren’t slowing down just because we’re in virtual mode and we expect the admissions process to be highly competitive as per usual.

If you’re looking to join the DMZ’s incubator, you can submit an application HERE 24/7, right from your home. If you would prefer to chat before applying, do not wait to reach out. We’d be delighted to set up a virtual meeting with you.

Why should I bring my startup to the DMZ?

Some of the greatest startups were built during the darkest of times. Don’t be hesitant to get the ball rolling on your startup growth!

Our growth accelerator is an intensive 3.5 month sales execution program designed for high-potential tech startups looking to grow and scale their business. It features access to world-class mentors, result-driven programming, strategic customer networks, and funding opportunities. We are currently accepting applications for our May 2020 cohort. Learn more here.

Have a product in market but not quite ready to scale? Join the DMZ incubator, where you’ll get access to leading mentors and dedicated product development support to grow your startup. Learn more here.

Where can the Canadian tech community find resources or get help during this time?

The DMZ has compiled a public list of crowdsourced resources on COVID-19. You’ll find a list of guides and virtual events on topics ranging from funding and operations to culture and mental health. Take a look through our COVID-19 Startup Guide for weekly tips that will help your business planning. The Government of Canada recently announced some major updates to help small and medium businesses which are also highlighted here.

Additionally, we’re hosting a free virtual workshop series open to anyone in the tech community. Check them out and reserve a spot now!

The health and safety of our members is a shared responsibility. As we continue to keep you informed, please keep us posted on any matters that may affect our community.

Communication is key and we are here to help. Team DMZ will keep you informed on any new updates to our COVID-19 plan. For any questions or concerns, please reach out to