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A hybrid summer entrepreneurship program helping newcomers, first-generation and Italian descendant students in the GTA.

Compete for a paid trip to Italy!


Italia360 is an 8-week part-time incubation program that helps first generation and Italian heritage student entrepreneurs create innovative and disruptive businesses.

At Italia360, 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.

This program has been developed in partnership with the Canadian Italian Business & Professional Association Of Toronto (CIBPA) and the DMZ.

What's in it for you?

  • 1:1 mentoring with DMZ staff, alumni companies, and CIBPA 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 mentor meetings with DMZ staff and CIPBA's advisory council members
  • Opportunities to engage with other leading startups and experts from across Canada
  • Exclusive workshops conducted by CIBPA mentors
  • A dedicated workspace at the DMZ during the summer
  • Compete for a paid trip to Italy!

What you'll learn

Sales and negotiation
man beside chart
Legal advice
person watching video on monitor
Marketing strategies
marketing platforms on cellphone
Product and brand
customer playbook
Value proposition
sections on a website
And so much more
people sharing ideas on whiteboards

Week by week

  • Program Validation & Prototyping
    Week 1: Entrepreneurship 101 & Goal Setting
    Week 2: Design Thinking & Customer Discovery
    Week 3: Mock Ups & Prototyping
  • Go To Market
    Week 4: Messaging & Marketing
    Week 5: Financing & Legal
    Week 6: Product Launch & Sales
  • Pitching & Storytelling
    Week 7: Pitching
    Week 8: Italia360 Finals!

Application criteria

Students interested in the program must:

  • Have at least one team member commit to the program part-time (2-4 hours/week),
  • Be entering a higher education institution in the fall or have graduated post-secondary within eight months of the program start dates, AND be under the age of 29,
  • Identify as:
    • having Italian heritage, or
    • a first generation Canadian
  • Have an innovative business idea that they are looking to grow, and
  • Have a driven, coachable, and collaborative team

Ready to validate your business?




  • Application Deadline
    June 2nd
  • Interview Dates
    May 27th - June 7th
  • Final Decision
    June 10th
  • Italia360 Onboarding
    June 25th

About the DMZ

The DMZ is a world-leading incubator for tech startups around the world. We help startups build great businesses by connecting them with customers, capital, experts and a community of entrepreneurs and influencers. For us, this means creating an environment where you can focus on scaling your business. We help with the rest.

About the CIBPA

We are a community of members dedicated to building vibrant business and professional networks as well as investing in the future through our student education fund. The Canadian Italian Business and Professional Association (CIBPA) was formed in 1952 and is the premier non-profit business association representing Canadian-Italians in the Greater Toronto Area.

For more infomation, please contact

Jamelia Allen

Talent Development Programs Specialist

Adeana Ching-A-Sue

Events & Programming Assistant

Pouria Daliri

Talent Development Programs Specialist

Deyana Attia

Events & Programming Assistant

Rose Ghamari

Manager, Entrepreneur & Talent Development