Our market validation and traction program
Step into a world-leading tech Incubator for seed and pre-seed startups.
Located in the heart of Toronto the DMZ’s startup incubator is an equity-based program that helps venture-backable tech startups grow their business over the course of 18 months.
Next Cohort: September 2023
Please note that in applying now, turnaround time for results can be up to two weeks.APPLY
Not sure if you qualify for this program or want to learn more? Get in touch with our Startup Recruitment Manager here.
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
Ranked as one of the top tech incubators globally, we have a lot to offer. We're a startup incubator like no other - we take a customized approach to addressing each founder's unique challenges. When you join the DMZ, here's what you can expect to access for 2.5% equity in your startup.
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.
Receive a $10K entry grant and secure up to $15K more in DMZ grants throughout the program in addition to fundraising support, developing your data room, perfecting your pitch, and meeting investors.
Benefit from the years of experience through 20+ of the DMZ’s Experts-in-Residence, specializing in sales, marketing, product, leadership, technology, operations and more.
Tap into an unmatched local and global community. We help founders build relationships, grow their professional network and connect with like-minded peers.
Get access to pro-bono services through the Professionals-in-Residence program (accounting, legal, SR&ED credits) and the Startup Legal Support program.
Get startup perks valued at over $900,000
Through the DMZ’s partnerships, startups in our tech incubator receive exclusive perks and discounts from 130+ partners worth over $900K in business savings.
Meet our Experts-in-Residence
Get 60+ hours of one-on-one mentorship with our in-house subject matter experts.
Akeel AhmadFinancial Strategy and Modeling
Alex ThibaultBusiness Strategy
Ali KiassatSales and Business Development
Andreas SouvaliotisBusiness Strategy
Andrew RicchettiAI, Analytics, Data Science
Anthony LauProduct, Sales
Berjesty KozanogluUser Experience Design
David CeolinSales & Growth
Eugene BombaCapital raising
Hackim FarrellCybersecurity, Product
Harry MacInnisFinance & Strategy
Jodi EchakowitzPublic Relations
Kareem ArafatSenior tech executive
Karen HoggCustomer Success
Melissa MalcolmHR Strategy
Michael McCarthyBusiness Strategy
Monica AbramovProduct, Retail Strategy and Marketing
Naveed AhmadCEO Coaching
Raheel KhursheedCo-founder, Laminar Global
Ryan NahasSales and Growth
Seham AbukhaterProduct Marketing
Meet our Professionals-in-Residence
Through the Professional-in-Residence (PiR) program, DMZ founders have direct access to senior leadership at vetted companies, all under the DMZ roof. One-on-one strategic consultation meetings are pro-bono and any projects or work arising thereafter (at the founder's discretion) is offered at DMZ exclusive discounted rates.