DMZ Incubator

Our market validation and traction program

Fueling Canada’s most-promising tech startups

The DMZ’s pre-accelerator program helps Canada's most-promising tech startups with a minimum viable product, build early sales, marketing and product development traction and prepare them for our growth accelerator.

What you get

Over the course of eight to 12 months, DMZ pre-accelerator startups have access to exclusive programming and work closely with our experienced EiRs.

You’ll have access to a tailored suite of services that includes:

Customers

Refine your product or service to meet the needs of your customers through hands-on product development and market validation programming.

Capital

Meet and network with our leading VCs and angels to pursue funding opportunities and better understand what investors look for in a business.

Community

Connect with North America’s top tech entrepreneurs to immerse yourself in a dedicated and tight-knit community comprised of peers, investors, advisors and partners who will help you validate your product.

Coaching

Work with best-in-class mentors who have built, scaled and sold businesses around the world. Access and work with our experienced and well-connected entrepreneurs who are ready to help you learn, test, connect, de-risk, adapt and grow.

Program lead

Shane Flynn

Director, Incubator

Meet our Entrepreneurs-in-Residence

Andrea Matheson

Scaling

Anthony Lau

Product, Sales

Ben Stacey

Pitching

Brian Gallant

Government Relations

Eugene Bomba

Capital raising

Frank Erschen

Pitching

Hackim Farrell

Cybersecurity and Product

John Bodolai

Sales

Karen Hogg

Customer Success

Mano Kulasingam

Product, Technical

Manu Kabahizi

Board Member, Ulula

Martin Croteau

Strategy

Mary Ann Dunlop

Talent

Michael Ho

Strategy

Michael McCarthy

Sales and business development

Mike Orloff

Sales team optimization

Naveed Ahmad

CEO Coaching

Phillip Gales

Operations

Robleh Jama

Senior Product Lead, Shopify

Rokham Fard

Development strategy

Sandy Perlman

Marketing

Selection criteria

We’re looking for Canada’s most-promising and high-impact tech entrepreneurs who have what it takes to scale their business.

Interested applicants must also have:

  • A business dedicated to solving a compelling problem using innovative technology
  • At least one full-time founder
  • A driven, coachable, and collaborative leadership team
  • Must have the ability to manage the product directly
    • Have a CTO or in-house technical lead or show a clear path to moving a part time lead onboard full time
  • An MVP that has some form of market validation
    • Startups that are identified as having a marketplace business model must demonstrate a unique value proposition, paying customers and clear defensibility in their application as validation due to the highly competitive nature of marketplaces.
  • The potential to grow and scale sufficiently to reach the eligibility criteria for our growth accelerator

Ready to validate your business?

Apply

Your validation journey

DMZ incubator companies are equipped with the skills, knowledge, and connections needed for our growth accelerator program.

Here’s how it works.

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