Women Founders


Empowering women founders
with enhanced startup support

Women tech founders drive innovation, the tech ecosystem and the global economy. However, they also encounter disproportionate barriers to business growth in comparison to their male counterparts.

That’s why women-identifying founders that come to the DMZ receive additional opportunities and specialized support to support their growth – on top of the standard programming that all founders get.

Added benefits that women founders in DMZ programs can tap into include:

  • A strong peer support group of other women tech founders, mentors, and industry leaders and additional hands-on support from DMZ staff
  • Introductions to funders dedicated to women founders and partnership opportunities
  • Amplified company exposure and heightened visibility through marketing and PR opportunities
  • Access to exclusive cutting-edge content, workshops, resources, discounts, events and more

Please note that the above benefits vary by program.

Our programs

Check out what women founders get special access to across various DMZ programs.

LAUNCHPAD

Supports founder development.

brain

An exclusive online platform and community built to support emerging women entrepreneurs.

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BOOTCAMP

Build your MVP.

hammer

A six-week program helping founders build an MVP and launch their business. Women founders receive an additional layer of programming.

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FAST TRACK

Hands-on support refining your product and business model.

path to finish

Hands-on support refining your product and business model. A three-month bridging program that helps women founders validate their product and get early traction.

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INCUBATOR

Our core program.

rocket ship

An 18-month program helping high-potential startups gain market traction. Women founders receive an additional layer of programming.

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Entrepreneurs-in-Residence

Entrepreneurs-in-Residence (EiRs) are the DMZ’s in-house subject-matter experts that advise founders on sales process, revenue growth, product design, pitch coaching and more. These EiRs work with startups in our Women Founders program:

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

Team

Madavi Sooriyapperuma

Programs & Partnerships Coordinator

Nouhaila Chelkhaoui

Manager, Women Founders Programs

Sherif El Tawil

Senior Director, Programs & Partnerships

Vanessa Shiu

Manager, Administration, Diversity & Inclusion

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