Incubator

Our market validation and traction program

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

The DMZ Incubator is a highly-customized, equity-based program that helps venture-backable tech startups grow their business over the course of 18 months.

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR SEPTEMBER 2021
APPLY BY AUGUST 9

Your challenges

Validating your business model and pricing strategy
Determining your go-to market plan
Acquiring marquee customers
Preparing for the next round of funding
Gaining brand awareness and media exposure

What we offer

Here's what you can expect to receive 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

Build your fundraising strategy, develop your data room, get pitching practice and receive valuable introductions to investors.

Coaching

Benefit from the years of experience through 20+ of the DMZ’s Entrepreneurs-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.

Get startup perks valued at over $1 million

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

Meet our Entrepreneurs-in-Residence

Meet our in-house subject matter experts that work closely to mentor startups.

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

Karen Hogg

Customer Success

Karina Barker

Tactical Copywriting & Content Strategy

Mano Kulasingam

Product, Technical

Manu Kabahizi

Product, Fundraising

Martin Croteau

Strategy

Mary Ann Dunlop

Talent

Michael McCarthy

Sales and business development

Naveed Ahmad

CEO Coaching

Sandy Perlman

Marketing

Sultan Mehrabi

Strategy

Wilson Kwan

Tactical Finance

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:

Who we are

Shane Flynn

Director, Incubator

Vartika Manasvi

Program Lead, Incubator

Sherif El Tawil

Senior Director, Programs & Partnerships

Katlynn Sverko

Manager, Satellite Programs

Janey Buzugbe

Head, Black Innovation Programs and Partnerships

Nouhaila Chelkhaoui

Manager, Women Founders Programs

Naveed Tagari

Programs & Partnerships Coordinator

Madavi Sooriyapperuma

Programs & Partnerships Coordinator

Omar El Araby

International & Recruitment Lead
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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Can you apply if you’re outside Canada? What is the success rate of DMZ startups?
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NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR SEPTEMBER 2021
APPLY BY AUGUST 9
Want to learn more about our current startups? Check them out here.
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