Incubator

Our market validation and traction program

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

The DMZ Incubator is an equity-based program that helps venture-backable tech startups grow their business over the course of 18 months. With small cohorts of no more than 15 startups at a time, the DMZ takes a customized approach to address every founder’s unique challenges.

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

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

When you join the DMZ's Incubator, 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

Build your fundraising strategy, develop your data room, get pitching practice and receive valuable introductions to venture capitalists and angel investors in the DMZ network.

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

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

Andrea Matheson

Scaling

Andrew Ricchetti

AI, Analytics, Data Science

Anthony Lau

Product, Sales

Ben Stacey

Pitching

Brian Gallant

Government Relations

Cyrus Cooper

Hospitality

Ehab Bazan

Supply Chain

Eugene Bomba

Capital Raising

Frank Erschen

Pitching

Hackim Farrell

Cybersecurity, Product

Jyll Saskin Gales

Marketing

Kareem Arafat

Senior Tech Executive

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

Myron Parks

Principal Agile Coach

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

Tina Mbachu

Program Lead, Black Innovation Programs

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

Strategic Programs Specialist

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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NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR SEPTEMBER 2021
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Not sure if you qualify for this program or want to learn more? Get in touch with our Recruitment Lead here.

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