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.

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

Vietnam
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

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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

Mohamed Lachemi

President & Vice-Chancellor, Ryerson University

Steven Liss

VP Research and Innovation, Ryerson University

Julia Shin Doi

Board Secretariat, Ryerson University

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PARTNERS

Ryerson University
DMZ