July 4th - August 24th, 2023
An IRL (in real life) summer entrepreneurship program helping students
Compete for one in six grants of up to $5000 in funding!
DMZ Basecamp is an 8-week intensive student incubation program that helps young entrepreneurs create tech solutions to growing social or economic gaps in society.
At Basecamp, students tap into their potential and learn how to develop and market business ideas with the help of other young innovators, industry mentors and successful entrepreneurs. This is an opportunity for students to start real companies and gain experiential learning opportunities to apply what they’ve learnt and solve the world’s biggest problems.
What's in it for you?
- 1:1 mentoring with DMZ Staff, alumni companies, and outside mentors
- Connection to Toronto Metropolitan University's 10 entrepreneurial zones
- Customized coaching with DMZ experts on marketing, product development, lean canvas business models, consultations, and financing
- Bi-weekly accountability meetings with DMZ staff
- Opportunities to engage with other leading startups and experts from across Canada
- Compete for one in six grants of up to $5000 in funding!
Basecamp by the numbers
67Features in major media outlets
What you'll learn
Sales and negotiation
Product and brand
And so much more
Week by week
Program Validation & PrototypingWeek 1: Entrepreneurship 101 & Goal Setting
Week 2: Design Thinking & Customer Discovery
Week 3: Mock Ups & Prototyping
Go To MarketWeek 4: Messaging & Marketing
Week 5: Financing & Legal
Week 6: Product Launch & Sales
Pitching & StorytellingWeek 7: Pitching
Week 8: Basecamp Finals!
Students interested in the program must:
- Have at least one team member commit to the program in person 3 days a week
- Be returning to school in the fall or have graduated high school or postsecondary within eight months program start date
- Have an innovative business idea that utilizes technology to solve a compelling industry problem
- Have a driven, coachable, and collaborative team
Don't have an idea, but still interested in Basecamp?
For students who don’t yet have a business idea, Basecamp now offers a stream in helping students ideate a business. Apply as an individual and be placed in a team with other like-minded students to go through all the steps of ideating a startup. In this stream, participants joining Basecamp without an idea get to participate in exclusive workshops and learn from industry experts and startup founders alike. At the end of the program, the top team will be awarded $5,000! Please specify in your application that you’re applying without a business idea, and you’ll be considered for this stream.
Can't commit to a full time program?
For first generation and Italian heritage students who are looking for a part-time program, the Canadian Italian Business & Professional Association of Toronto and the DMZ have partnered to create Italia360, an 8-week part-time incubation program that helps first generation and Italian heritage student entrepreneurs create innovative and disruptive businesses. At the end of the program, students will compete for a paid trip to Italy! Students interested in the Italia 360 program can apply here.
Ready to validate your business?APPLICATIONS CLOSED
REGULAR ADMISSIONApplications open Monday, March 27th, 2023
Application DeadlineApril 28th
Application ResultsMay 15th - 19th
Interview DateMay 23rd - 26th
Final DecisionMay 29th
Basecamp OnboardingJune 14th
LATE ADMISSIONLate Applications open on May 15th, 2023
Application DeadlineMay 26th
Application ResultsMay 29th
Interview DateMay 29th - June 7th
Final DecisionJune 9th
Basecamp OnboardingJune 14th
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