DMZ Incubator

Our market validation and traction program

Fueling the world's most-promising tech startups

The DMZ Incubator is a structured, equity-based 18-month program that aims to help venture-backable pre-seed and seed-stage startups develop and execute their go-to-market strategy, identify ideal customer personas and achieve product/market fit.

What you get

Over the course of 18 months, DMZ incubator 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.

What you get

Over the course of 18 months, DMZ incubator 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:

Access to
capital
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Access to capital

Fundraising strategies, pitching practice and valuable introductions to investors.
World-class coaching
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World-class coaching

Mentorship and coaching from A-level entrepreneurs and global changemakers.
Marketing strategies
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Marketing strategies

Knockout methods to attract more attention and fast-track growth.
Customer
playbooks
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Customer
playbooks

Start to finish strategies to power their sales engine and create raving fans.
Operations
support
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Operations
support

Help with honing structures, processes and metrics to build a smarter business model.
Financial
management
tactics
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Financial
management
tactics

Fine-tuned financial management, banking, cash flow and data modelling support.
Talent sourcing
strategies
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Talent sourcing
strategies

Strategies to attract and hire talented people who pack a punch and stick around.
Global
opportunities
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Global
opportunities

International programming, a global network of partners and the opportunity to bring new ideas to the world.
An extraordinary
community
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An extraordinary
community

Regular workshops and social events, modern office space, bottomless food and coffee and the chance to meet, mingle and learn from like-minded people.

Programs team

Janey Buzugbe

Head, Black Innovation Programs and Partnerships

Juliesa Adolphus

Partnerships & Investor Relations Assistant

Naveed Tagari

Programs & Partnerships Coordinator

Omar El Araby

International & Recruitment Lead

Shane Flynn

Director, Incubator

Sherif El Tawil

Senior Director, Programs & Partnerships

Vartika Manasvi

Program Lead, Incubator

Meet our Entrepreneurs-in-Residence

Andrea Matheson

Scaling

Andrew Ricchetti

AI, Analytics, Data Science

Anthony Lau

Product, Sales

Ben Stacey

Pitching

Brian Gallant

Government Relations

Ehab Bazan

Supply Chain

Eugene Bomba

Capital raising

Frank Erschen

Pitching

Hackim Farrell

Cybersecurity, Product

John Bodolai

Sales

Karen Hogg

Customer Success

Mano Kulasingam

Product, Technical

Manu Kabahizi

Product, Fundraising

Martin Croteau

Strategy

Mary Ann Dunlop

Talent

Michael McCarthy

Sales and business development

Mike Orloff

Sales team optimization

Naveed Ahmad

CEO Coaching

Sandy Perlman

Marketing

Sultan Mehrabi

Strategy

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 who can be dedicated to the program
  • A driven, coachable, and collaborative leadership team
  • Must have an in-house technical lead
  • A functional MVP
  • The ability to become a venture backable business in a growing market

Ready to validate your business?

Apply

Testimonials

Your validation journey

DMZ incubator companies are equipped with the skills, knowledge, and connections needed to grow.

Here’s how it works.

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