Women Founders
Fast Track

A Canada-wide program helping women-identified tech founders ramp up for startup success

At the DMZ, we see countless women-owned startups show interest in joining our programs who are on the cusp of bringing a business vision to life, but need a final push to get to that next level of market readiness. Oftentimes, these startups fall just short of reaching eligibility for our core programs. Rather than turn away founders with untapped potential, DMZ has created a new program to fill this gap: the Women Founders Fast Track, a part-time program designed specifically for tech startups led by women-identified founders. The goal of the program is to help these founders skyrocket their businesses potential and meet eligibility requirements for DMZ core programming.

DMZ’s Women Founders Fast Track puts high-potential founders on a fast track to success by equipping participants with the resources needed to lead an early-stage startup.

Designed to support women-identified founders, the three-month program helps participants validate their tech business and market opportunity, and gives them exposure to DMZ’s programming.

What you get

Over the course of the three-month program, participating women-identified founders will receive access to DMZ supports and members benefits, including:


Mentorship and coaching from industry experts, our Entrepreneurs-in-Residence (EiRs)


One-on-one support from your Program Lead: whether it's additional advice, connecting you with resources, or helping you track your progress throughout the program

peer sessions

Monthly sessions to meet and network with other women founders in your cohort


Participation in DMZ’s events including the Women Founders Series, workshops, expert panels and social events

member benefits

Access to DMZ online resources, exclusive member perks and discounts, services from Professionals-inResidence (PiRs) and Alum-in-Residence (AiRs)

Selection criteria

We’re looking for committed, highly-motivated women-identified founders who have what it takes to bring their tech idea to life through this high-impact program.

Interested applicants must:



Andrea Matheson


Mano Kulasingam

Product, Technical

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Founders Series

This series brings a select group of women founders together to connect over a specific challenge on growing a tech business. Each session will feature an accomplished speaker to share her/their founder story and lead a meaningful discussion with the group. Founders can apply from anywhere to get a seat at the roundtable. Criteria will depend on the topic and nature of the session.


Nouhaila Chelkhaoui

Program Manager, Women Founders Programs

Vanessa Shiu

Manager, Administration, Diversity & Inclusion
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