Founder X

Entrepreneurship is on the rise.
With the traditional job market being oversaturated and the startup job sector being fairly undiscovered, how can our youth become involved in this growing industry?

This is where Founder X comes in.

Every year, DMZ brings together top CEOs and founders that focus on disruptive technology from across the province. In its third year of operation, Founder X is a national program that is designed to uncover promising future leaders in the world of entrepreneurship and STEAM. Students have the opportunity to learn about business, leadership skills and emerging technologies from CEOs of major companies.

How it works

Through a rigorous selection process and a leadership evaluation, 20 students are selected to join a group interview where their professional and personal aspirations are discussed. Following the interview, 4 students are chosen to shadow esteemed Canadian CEOs during a typical day to gain hands-on mentorship and access to a broad network.

How would a shadow day look like?

  • Students will join the CEO in the morning for a coffee to learn from their past experiences.
  • Following their meeting with the CEO, students will rotate between different departments to get an understanding of how the company operates.
  • Students will enjoy a lunch with company employees and get the opportunity to learn about their experience in a technology field.
  • Students will continue the day with the CEO and attend their meetings to see how day-today decisions are made.
  • At the end of the day, students will end up leaving with valuable connections and possibly a new mentor.

Following the shadow day, participating students will get an exclusive opportunity to join a private lunch and learn with Sabrina Geremia, Country Director of Google Canada, at the Google headquarters in Toronto.

Why get involved

Learn about disruptive tech

In close quarters with companies, students will have the opportunity to be exposed to the latest emerging technologies.

Startup ecosystem

Gain an understanding of the ins and outs of how organizations operate and what is required to successfully scale a business idea, all while touring innovative offices.

Access a broad network

Leverage our wide range of network to possibly gain a new and personal mentors and have the opportunity to join a private lunch with the Country Director of Google Canada.

Founder profiles

Abdullah Snobar

Executive Director, DMZ & CEO, DMZ Ventures

Henry Shi

Co-Founder & CTO, Snaptravel

Luke Vigeant

Co-Founder & CEO, Inkblot Therapy

Marie Chevrier

Founder & CEO, Sampler

Nicholas Chepesiuk

Founder & CEO, OnCall Health

Tiago Teixeira

CEO & Co-Founder, xix3D

Program timeline

COVID 19 Update: Due to current events, we'll be postponing the program timeline from April to later in 2021. As we assess timelines, applications will remain open.

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Students must submit an online application with a resume. The hiring committee will be looking for the most determined student leaders that exemplify the essence of entrepreneurship.

Past partners

DMZ team

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