An ecosystem built on value-driven partnerships.
The power of partnerships
The world is changing and competing in today’s environment requires innovative thinking, partnering with leading tech companies and top talent around the world.
We work with partners to create impactful programs that help address their strategic priorities, while staying true to our "founder first" values.
Our strategic partners
Our strategic partners help us in propelling the next wave of entrepreneurs by partnering with the DMZ for specialized programs, hackathons, enterprise innovation projects, innovation scouting and more.
Allies & Advocates partners
Arati Sharma & Satish Kanwar
Daniel Debow & Jordana Huber
Donette Chin-Loy Chang
Harley Finkelstein & Lindsay Taub
John and Jennifer Ruddy / Trinity Development Foundation
Jordan & Faith Banks
Michael & Vanessa Hyatt
Northleaf Capital Partners
Rajen Ruparell & Michael Gettis
Rovinescu Family Fund
Weston Family Foundation
Whitecap Venture Partners
"Entrepreneurs play an essential role in our society, they respond to the needs of our communities, create jobs, and provide innovative solutions to our social issues. We must continue to support business owners and help them succeed if we want a prosperous future. That's why we are proud to be partnered with the DMZ in launching this new program that will make resources more available to entrepreneurs who need it."Guy Cormier, President and CEO of Desjardins
"We're extremely excited to partner with the DMZ at Ryerson and support the technology ecosystem by providing mentorship, connections and many other benefits that startups need to succeed. With insurance becoming an increasingly digital industry, I can’t wait to see what kind of fresh, innovative thinking these startups bring to the table for our customers.”Ben Isotta-Riches, Chief Information Officer, Aviva Canada
“Goodmans is thrilled to partner with the DMZ at Ryerson by providing mentorship, connections and the legal know-how that a startup needs to succeed,” said Allan Goodman, partner at Goodmans LLP and co-chair of the "rm’s Technology practice. “We are very excited to be joining the dynamic environment at the DMZ to further Canadian innovation by helping these emerging companies get to the next level.”Allan Goodman, Partner, Goodmans LLP
“It’s evident through the five startups chosen for the Digital News Innovation Challenge that there is exciting work being done by Canadian entrepreneurs to bring innovation to the news ecosystem.”Kevin Chan, Head of Public Policy, Facebook Canada