HELPING THE NEXT WAVE OF EXCEPTIONAL STARTUPS BECOME WORLD‑CLASS COMPANIES.

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WHAT
WE DO

From day one, we support startup founders by helping them build foundations, forge connections and fuel growth.

Driving global innovation is also a priority. We have a worldwide network of partnerships that are shaping the future of the digital economy.

DMZ Ventures is the for-profit investment arm of Ryerson University. We focus on:

STARTUP EQUITY MANAGEMENT FOR THE DMZ’S PORTFOLIO COMPANIES. IN 2021, THE DMZ SHIFTED TO AN EQUITY-BASED MODEL.
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ZONE STARTUPS NETWORK. MANAGEMENT OF ACCELERATOR PROGRAMS BASED IN VIETNAM AND INDIA.

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ENABLING CANADA’S STARTUP INVESTMENT LANDSCAPE THROUGH OUR ANGEL INVESTOR PROGRAM.
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PROVIDING VENTURE CAPITAL FUNDING FOR HIGH-POTENTIAL, SEED STAGE TECH STARTUPS. MORE INFO COMING SOON.

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DMZ Ventures was formerly Ryerson Futures Inc. Learn more.

LOCATIONS

We’re based in downtown Toronto, Canada, but operate a network of accelerator programs under the brand Zone Startups.

ZONE STARTUPS VIETNAM
HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM

An international startup accelerator program empowering Vietnam's tech leaders, located in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City.

Vietnam
India

ZONE STARTUPS INDIA
MUMBAI, INDIA

A partnership with the Bombay Stock Exchange in Mumbai focused on startups operating in a variety of verticals.

WHO WE ARE

Abdullah Snobar

ABDULLAH SNOBAR

CEO

Sultan Mehrabi

SULTAN MEHRABI

MANAGING DIRECTOR

BOARD OF
DIRECTORS

Nadir Mohamed

Former CEO, Rogers Communications

Jack Cockwell

Group Chairman, Brookfield Asset Management

Janice Fukakusa

Former CAO/CFO, Royal Bank of Canada

Mark Cohon

Former Commissioner, Canadian Football League

Mohamed Lachemi

President & Vice-Chancellor, Ryerson University

Sheldon Levy

Former President, Ryerson University

Steven Liss

VP Research and Innovation, Ryerson University

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PARTNERS

Ryerson University
DMZ