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The DMZ at Ryerson University is one of Canada’s largest business incubators for emerging tech startups. The top-ranked university incubator in North America and third in the world, it helps startups succeed by connecting them with customers, advisors, influencers and other entrepreneurs.
The DMZ is open to all startups that meet its criteria — no Ryerson affiliation is required. Startups must: be addressing an important economic or social problem, make innovative use of technology, and have a prototype (at minimum) that is already in the market with or is ready to launch. Once accepted, startups receive four months of access to tailored connections, mentorship, dedicated work space and programming (after which they can pay a membership fee to stay on).
Since launching in 2010, the DMZ has incubated more than 230 startups that have collectively raised over $140 million and fostered the creation of more than 2,090 jobs.