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Expand your business to the North American market.

So, you’ve built a business that has started gaining traction at home...

...and now you’re ready to expand into new markets to see just how far you can take it!

Located in the heart of Toronto, DMZ YYZ is a customized two-week intensive soft landing program that supports international growth-stage startups to explore, launch and grow their business in the North American market.

DMZ YYZ helps you make the connections and gain the skills needed to penetrate the North American market


Daily workshops cover topics related to expanding a business into North America.

Networking opportunities

Throughout the program, DMZ offers curated networking events where founders can mingle with potential partners, customers, investors, and other entrepreneurs.

Program Lead meetings

Each startup is assigned a DMZ Program Lead who arranges personalized meetings and introductions, and provides guidance throughout the program.

Individualized coaching

One-on-one meetings facilitated by DMZ’s experts and alumni give participants a chance to discuss their ideas with industry leaders in an intimate setting.


Attend Collision, North America’s premiere startup and tech conference to grow your network and customers and gain a better understanding of the North American market.

Program cost

Program cost: $6000 CAD per participant
Program cost does not include accommodation or flights.

We’re looking for promising tech entrepreneurs who are excited and prepared to explore the North American market. 

Interested applicants must have:

  • A business dedicated to solving a compelling problem using innovative technology
  • At least one full-time founder who can be dedicated to the program for two weeks
  • A driven, coachable, and collaborative leadership team
  • Must have an in-house technical lead
  • A functional MVP
  • The ability to become a venture-backable business in a growing market
  • Proven market traction in your home country

Next cohort: June 10 - 20, 2024


Applications close on March 29, 2024


Exploring competitors

Validating your business model in the North American market

Determining an expansion strategy

Preparing to raise funds in North America

Acquiring marquee customers in a new market

Building a network in a new ecosystem

Are you a startup support organization looking to send a group of startups to Toronto?

Get in touch for more information about discounted pricing and customized cohorts.


What startup founders had to say about their DMZ YYZ experience

Our team

Shane Flynn

Director, Alumni Relations & Special Programs

Sherif El Tawil

Sr. Director, Programs & Global Operations
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