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Incubator

Our market validation and traction program

Step into a world-leading tech Incubator for seed and pre-seed startups.

Located in the heart of Toronto the DMZ’s startup incubator is an equity-based program that helps venture-backable tech startups grow their business over the course of 18 months.

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR SEPTEMBER 2022

APPLY BY AUGUST 14

Not sure if you qualify for this program or want to learn more? Get in touch with our Startup Recruitment Manager here.

Your challenges?

Validating your business model and pricing strategy

Validating your business model and pricing strategy

Determining your go-to market plan

Determining your go-to market plan

Acquiring marquee customers

Acquiring marquee customers

Preparing for the next round of funding

Preparing for the next round of funding

Gaining brand awareness and media exposure

Gaining brand awareness and media exposure

What we offer

Ranked as one of the top tech incubators globally, we have a lot to offer. We're a startup incubator like no other - we take a customized approach to addressing each founder's unique challenges. When you join the DMZ, here's what you can expect to access for 2.5% equity in your startup.

Customers

Power your sales engine, connect with the right customers and fast-track your growth. Our startups get the support and opportunities to drive customer acquisitions.

Capital

The DMZ starts you off with up to $25K in funding to power your growth. Next you'll get support building your fundraising strategy, developing your data room, perfecting your pitch, and meeting investors.

Coaching

Benefit from the years of experience through 20+ of the DMZ’s Experts-in-Residence, specializing in sales, marketing, product, leadership, technology, operations and more.

Community

Tap into an unmatched local and global community. We help founders build relationships, grow their professional network and connect with like-minded peers.

Professional Services

Get access to pro-bono services through the Professionals-in-Residence program (accounting, legal, SR&ED credits) and the Startup Legal Support program.

Get startup perks valued at over $1 million

Through the DMZ’s partnerships, startups in our tech incubator receive exclusive perks and discounts from 110+ partners worth over $1 million in business savings.

Meet our Experts-in-Residence

Get 60+ hours of one-on-one mentorship with our in-house subject matter experts.

Ali Kiassat

Sales and Business Development.

Andrea Matheson

Scaling

Andreas Souvaliotis

Business Strategy

Andrew Ricchetti

AI, Analytics, Data Science

Anthony Lau

Product, Sales

Brian Gallant

Government Relations

Cyrus Cooper

Hospitality, Customer Service

Ehab Bazan

Operations Optimization and Supply Chain Improvement Strategy

Eugene Bomba

Capital raising

Frank Erschen

Pitching

Gina Bowen

Marketing

Hackim Farrell

Cybersecurity, Product

Jeremy O’Krafka

Grant Writing

Jodi Echakowitz

Public Relations

Jyll Saskin Gales

Marketing

Kareem Arafat

Senior tech executive

Karen Hogg

Customer Success

Liane Coulahan

Marketing

Manu Kabahizi

Product, Fundraising

Martin Croteau

Strategy

Michael McCarthy

Business Strategy

Monica Abramov

Product, Retail Strategy and Marketing

Myron Parks

Principal Agile Coach

Nancy Spotton

Performance Coach & Team Connection Innovator

Naveed Ahmad

CEO Coaching

Ryan Nahas

Sales and Growth

Sandy Perlman

Marketing

Sultan Mehrabi

Strategy

Meet our Professionals-in-Residence

Through the Professional-in-Residence (PiR) program, DMZ founders have direct access to senior leadership at vetted companies, all under the DMZ roof. One-on-one strategic consultation meetings are pro-bono and any projects or work arising thereafter (at the founder's discretion) is offered at DMZ exclusive discounted rates.

What we look for

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

Who we are

Juliesa Adolphus

Programs Assistant

Emily Smiley

Head of Programs & Investor Relations

Argentina Nitsopoulos

Programs Assistant

Tina Mbachu

Programs Lead

Mohi Sanisel

Programs Lead

Justine Clark

Programs Lead

Sherif El Tawil

Senior Director, Programs & Partnerships

Naveed Tagari

Strategic Programs Specialist

Startups with at least one founder who self-identifies as either Black or a woman receive an additional layer of support and benefits when joining the DMZ.

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NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR SEPTEMBER 2022
APPLY BY AUGUST 14

Not sure if you qualify for this program or want to learn more? Get in touch with our Startup Recruitment Manager here.

Want to learn more about our current startups? Check them out here.
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