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Unlocking DMZ’s benefits, from a $10K entry grant and travel subsidies to free legal support

As a #1 ranked incubator globally, DMZ has a lot to offer, and we pride ourselves on not only talking the talk but also walking the walk. We support the most promising and high-impact tech entrepreneurs who have what it takes to scale their businesses. But don’t get it twisted; we know it takes two to tango.

That’s why startups that join DMZ’s Incubator receive world-class programming and services. To us, that means real, tangible support. 

To start, startups accepted into our Incubator program receive a $10,000 entry grant to help kick-start their journey with us. While we know $10,000 can help with product development, a targeted marketing campaign, training and development or new infrastructure, we can also appreciate that $10,000 is a drop in the bucket. 

Beyond DMZ’s entry grant, startups receive personalized support with customer acquisition and fundraising, unlimited 1 on 1 coaching sessions from our Experts-in-Residence, pro-bono professional services, exclusive pitch competitions, access to the Student Work Placement Program, grant research and writing, startup perks and discounts valued at over $1 million, help with SR&ED tax incentives, free financial plan model custom built by a CFO, free UX design support,  24/7 office space and full-service amenities… the list goes on and on. 

So, how do all these program perks support startups with expenses, and —more importantly — how have they empowered startups to level up? We thought you’d never ask. 

Here are just a few ways DMZ’s Incubator can help your startup’s bottom line. 

Explore new markets without breaking the bank.  

Building a thriving business requires startups to go global, and DMZ helps founders cover travel costs for opportunities abroad through Mitacs Entrepreneur International. We’re committed to inspiring our founders to explore untapped markets and have been thrilled to see founders delve into opportunities abroad.

SoftDrive (Incubator ‘22) received $15,000 to travel to London, New York City, Japan and San Francisco to tap into international markets, meet with VCs, secure customers and attend global conferences

Lightster (Incubator ‘23) received $5,000 to travel to London to attend Techspo London and successfully secured a sales-qualified lead.

 

Fuel your research and level up your product. 

Strengthen your startup’s innovation capabilities through the Mitacs Business Strategy Internship. As a Mitacs partner, DMZ supports founders with the program to harness cutting-edge research to commercialize new products and gain a competitive edge in the market.  

Charmy Pet (Incubator ‘22) received $9,000 to research the health benefits of traditional Chinese herbs for pets, which led to the successful commercialization of a new product line available in over 450 specialty pet stores across Canada today.

 

Access essential legal services from day one. 

DMZ’s Startup Legal Support gives founders fully subsidized in-house legal services. We know how crucial legal support is for early-stage founders, which is why startups who come to DMZ don’t need to worry about cutting corners and instead can have legal processes in place from the get-go. 

To date, Startup Legal Support has saved founders over $600,000 in legal fees, helping them with legal matters, including corporate cleanups, intellectual property, stock option plans, term sheet reviews, share sales, terms of use, privacy policies, service agreements, customer contracts and more.

SoftDrive (Incubator ‘22) was able to save over $35,000 in legal fees.

XpertVR (Incubator ‘22) was able to save over $28,000 in legal fees.

Leasey (Incubator ‘24) was able to save over $25,000 in legal fees.

 

Save on startup must-haves.

DMZ’s perks and benefits provide discounts and fully subsidized tools for founders to save money on the essentials. From founder mental health, AWS Credits, financial services and more, DMZ startups receive perks from 170+ service providers worth over $1 million in business savings. 

Sitemax (Incubator ‘25) received $25,000 in AWS credits, allowing them to re-allocate resources to hire a new Business Development Representative for their team.  

Kaitongo (Incubator ‘24) received $25,000 in AWS credits, allowing them to make product enhancements.

Take part in exclusive pitch competitions. 

DMZ Incubator startups have the opportunity to participate in exclusive startup pitch competitions for the chance to showcase their business and secure grant funding. DMZ handed out $65,000 in grant funding to Incubator startups this summer.  

Chexy (Incubator ‘24) received $50,000 in funding, which helped them improve customer experience and expand their landlord offerings. 

Formaloo (Incubator ‘24) received $15,000 in funding to support their continued expansion with the new release of Formaloo 3.0.


Subsidize your team’s wages. 

Members of DMZ’s Incubator program get access to the Government of Canada’s Student Work Placement Program, which allows startups to subsidize student wages.

Lightster (Incubator ‘23) was able to subsidize $20,000 in wages, which covered 3 student placements, one of which did two terms. 

Want to learn more about how DMZ’s Incubator can help your startup through coaching, mentorship, programming and benefits? Head to dmz.to/Incubator to learn more and apply today. 

Introducing the DMZ’s newest Incubator cohort

The DMZ is proud to announce our newest Incubator cohort. Out of hundreds of applications from around the world, we’ve hand-selected 15 tech companies to join us for 18 months to help them execute their go-to-market strategy, acquire lighthouse customers, gain media exposure, explore global expansion, prepare for the next round of funding, and beyond. This competitive program is for venture-backable pre-seed and seed-stage startups that have a full-time founder, early traction, and proven product-market fit.

Startups accepted into the program receive up to $25,000 in grant funding, dedicated office space in the heart of downtown Toronto, 60+ hours of one-on-one mentorship time from in-house subject matter experts, support with fundraising strategies, and introductions to investors and customers.

New this cohort, six companies were selected to join the Incubator’s PropTech stream, giving them specialized industry programming developed in partnership with GroundBreak Ventures.

Keep reading to learn how these high-impact startups are transforming the tech space.

Introducing our Spring ‘24 Incubator cohort:

Datz Solutions LogoDatz Solutions is Canada’s only complete, connected brokerage operating system. Their platform streamlines and automates key workflows, providing full transaction management, trust accounting, and integrated payments.

Formaloo logo

Formaloo is a no-code collaboration platform that helps businesses create custom data-driven business applications and internal tools, automate their processes and engage their audience.
Iluminai
Ilumin.ai
is an early-stage RegTech company focused on the Real Estate market. They provide automated PCMLTFA compliance for Real Estate Agents and Brokers through an advanced KYC 2.0 solution.

Kaitongo logo

Kaitongo is an AI+Human in the loop platform that helps B2B sales teams on their journey to becoming Trusted Advisers.

Let's logoLet’s is an online tool that empowers skilled influencers with valuable content and a fan base to design themed group trips, then market, sell and manage them.

Manr logo

Manr is an online platform that facilitates the buying and selling of real estate – without real estate agents. Manr is a seamless service that helps to simplify the process of buying and selling real estate while helping save tens of thousands of dollars for users.

Mr. Turing logoMister Turing is an AI no-code platform that allows companies to train artificial intelligence to search text-based documents. From manuals to contracts, Mr. Turing provides answers to complex questions in seconds without having to be pre-registered.

Oppos logo

Oppos is a RegAI, a natural language processing (NLP) AI survey response tool that saves companies time and effort by answering security surveys in an automated, accurate and complete manner.

proptexx logo

Proptexx is a computer Vision AI image enhancement solution delivering value to agents and brokerages by improving imagery quality whilst opening the door toward property intelligence.

Leasey.AI is a SaaS solution designed to automate and optimize the management of a real estate portfolio with minimal human intervention.

SiteMax logo

SiteMax is a full Construction Management software solution that has generated millions of daily logs, safety reports, photo records, time entries and more, all over the world.Souqh logoSouqh is Canada’s only all-in-one real estate and home services marketplace, providing technology and services to help service professionals deliver unparalleled client experiences. Souqh is a one-stop shop experience for home buyers/owners looking to connect and transact with real estate and home services professionals – all in one place.

Structure plus logo

Structure Plus is an AI startup in ConstructionTech that saves money and time for construction firms by optimizing their building structures. Their AI-powered technology allows users to optimize the building’s structural design, resulting in fewer materials such as concrete and steel, ultimately leading to millions of dollars in savings annually.

Troop logo

Troop is a social impact tech platform for SMBs that engages employees monthly, letting them vote on where their company’s social impact dollars will be allocated. Troop allows businesses to meet the social responsibility demands of employees and customers.

Zewallet logo

Zewallet is a QR-based payments platform that allows customers to scan a QR code to tip, split, and pay their bill at the end of a meal. Zewallet saves time and money for both merchants and customers at restaurants, bars, cafes, and retail stores.  


Get to know more about our Spring ’24 cohort of startups by visiting DMZ’s Current Startups page. Are you an early-stage tech founder interested in growing your business? Discover how DMZ’s Incubator can help
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