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Oct 4th - Dec 9th, 2022

Newcomer Entrepreneurship Program

A virtual ideation program to support newcomer entrepreneurs across Canada

Compete for one of 10 grants worth $2,000 in funding!

The DMZ's Newcomer Entrepreneurship Program is a FREE 10-week nation wide virtual ideation program that helps newcomers to Canada, and organizations that support them, develop capacity on the business fundamentals of starting a company within Canada.

Newcomers tap into their potential and learn how to develop and market business ideas with the help of their peers, industry mentors and successful entrepreneurs. This is an opportunity for newcomers to gain practical Canadian ecosystem knowledge and experience. Participants will ultimately have the opportunity to put into practice their learnings to develop companies solving the world's biggest problems.

This program has been brought to life by the generous sponsorship of the Future Skills Centre and a media sponsorship from Canadian Business.

What's in it for you?

  • 1:1 mentoring with DMZ Program Leads
  • Connections to successful newcomer entrepreneurs to share their stories and lessons
  • Customized workshops to help newcomers develop a successful business in Canada
  • 1:1 pitching coaching sessions with a DMZ expert
  • Opportunities to engage with other motivated newcomers across Canada
  • Tailored meetings with our Investor Relations team to gain an understanding of the Canadian funding landscape
  • Compete for one of 10 grants worth $2,000 of funding!

What you'll learn

Sales and negotiation
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Legal advice
person watching video on monitor
Marketing strategies
marketing platforms on cellphone
Insight into the Canadian ecosystem
customer playbook
Design Thinking methodology
sections on a website
And so much more
people sharing ideas on whiteboards

Week by week

  • Program Validation & Prototyping
    Week 1: Entrepreneurship 101
    Week 2: Goal Setting
    Week 3: Design Thinking & Prototyping
  • Go To Market
    Week 4: Social Media & Personal Branding
    Week 5: Canadian Legal Landscape
    Week 6: Sales
  • Pitching & Storytelling
    Week 7: Pitching
    Week 8: Investors & Fundraising
    Week 9: Leadership
  • Demo Day
    Week 10: Program Finals

Application criteria

This is a competitive program. To be accepted, applicants must:

  • Have at least one individual who can dedicate 2-4 hours a week to the program
  • Be driven, coachable, and collaborative team
  • Be looking to develop or support a tech based company

They must also meet one of the following:

  • A newcomer to Canada (under 5 years landed)
  • A grassroots organization looking to better support newcomer entrepreneurs
  • Intrapreneurs working within larger organizations orientated towards supporting newcomer entrepreneurs

Ready to build?

Applications Closed



Applications open Monday, August 22nd, 2022
  • Application Deadline
    September 10th
  • Application Results
    September 12th - 16th
  • Interview Date
    September 12th - 23rd
  • Final Decision
    September 30th
  • Program Onboarding
    October 4th

Media sponsor

Canadian Business is a progressive media brand for executives and entrepreneurs who want to do business better. It was founded in 1928 to cover the people, companies and ideas shaping the economy in Canada. Today, it is a valued resource for advice, insights, inspiration and networking opportunities, keeping pace with the rapidly shifting business landscape in this country. In October 2021, CB relaunched its print and digital platforms to reflect the new values, inclusive approaches and entrepreneurial spirit that is changing this country for the better.

For more infomation, please contact

Shane Flynn

Director, Talent Development

Madison Henry

Talent Development Coordinator

Naveed Tagari

Strategic Programs & Partnerships Lead

Esther Deng

Talent Development Assistant