Black Innovation Programs

Empowering the next wave of Black entrepreneurs


For Women Founders ready to build and validate their prototype

The Bootcamp is a six week program that helps early-stage tech founders validate their business idea, establish a minimum viable product and build a roadmap for implementation to launch a startup.

Through the DMZ’s Bootcamp, startups with at least one woman-identifying founder receive an additional layer of startup support and resources.

In efforts to help reduce barriers for women-owned companies, we’ve made this program free for all startups with at least one women-identifying founder.

What women founders get

While the bootcamp is open to all founders, women founders can tap into an additional stream of programming and benefits.

Bootcamp founders get:

  • Curated workshops from industry experts (Entrepreneurs-in-Residence)
  • Bi-weekly progress check-ins with DMZ Program Leads
  • Founder peer-to-peer (P2P) sessions
  • Weekly SURFs (Stand Up Rapid Fire)
  • Demo day pitch and graduation
  • Exclusive perks and discounts

In addition, women founders get:

  • Waived membership fees
  • More 1:1 support from the DMZ team
  • Expert-led, hands-on pitch practice
  • Women founders peer-to-peer sessions and community events
  • Amplified company exposure and heightened visibility through marketing and PR opportunities
  • Exclusive access to additional resources, discounts and events
  • Expedited entry to the Women Founders Fast Track, DMZ’s bridging program

Selection criteria

To join the Women Founders Bootcamp, you must:

  • Have at least one participating woman-identifying founder and ideally, a dedicated tech lead
  • Have a business idea dedicated to solving a compelling problem using innovative technology
  • Have completed basic market research to understand the problem/solution
  • Have the potential to transition into the DMZ Incubator program at the end of the Bootcamp
  • Be driven, coachable, and collaborative

Your journey

Join the DMZ Women Founders Bootcamp.
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When applying, remember to self-identify as a woman founder. Join an exclusive cohort ready to build the next generation of powerhouse tech companies.
Gain a solid understanding of building a startup.
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Our expert-led sessions will give you a strong foundation on all areas of your business: product, sales, marketing, go-to-market strategy, fundraising, leadership and more.
Finalize your product development.
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Working on a prototype or minimal viable product? This is your chance to finalize it.
Become market ready.
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Build and execute an effective go-to-market strategy to start validating your product.
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