DMZ Validator

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

Refne 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

Program Lead

Meet our Entrepreneurs-in-Residence

Kareem Arafat

Senior tech executive

Mark Halpren

Founder, FirstCFO Inc.

Michael McCarthy

Sales and business development

Mike Orloff

Sales team optimization

Rokham Fard

Founder and development strategist

Shivalika Handa

Equity and debt capital raising

Uzair Chutani

Expert in digital marketing, business development and customer success

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
  • A product in market with paying customers
  • The potential to grow and scale to join our growth accelerator

Ready to validate your business?

Apply

Your validation journey

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

Here’s how it works.

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