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Your 2023 Manifestation Guide to Founder Success

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Your 2023 Manifestation Guide to Founder Success

If you’re an avid social user — or even an occasional scroller — you’ve likely heard of manifestation. What is believed to have started as a Hinduism practice has now turned into a worldwide phenomenon trickling into the world of business.

So, what is manifestation? Simply put, manifestation is the practice of turning thoughts into reality. It requires you to be intentional with your emotions, beliefs, habits, and of course, actions. But it’s not as easy as it sounds.

Whether you believe in manifestation or see yourself as more of a goal-setter, there’s no denying the power of positive intent followed by disciplined action. Dreaming is one thing, but the day-to-day grind of a startup can be dark and challenging.

If you’re ready to hustle, keep reading to discover your 2023 manifestation guide to founder success.

Let your mind wander

Ever catch yourself daydreaming about your startup becoming the next big thing? What about securing a million-dollar funding round or landing your next big client? Don’t stop! Exercising your brain to get excited about the future is key to manifesting. Take a few moments each day to sink into your daydreams and discover what truly fuels your passion.

“When you’re passionate about your dreams, it doesn’t feel like work. Organize your life around your passion, turn your passion into your story and use that story to leave a legacy.” — Ahmer Rafiq, CEO, Souqh

Be intentional with your goals

How can you map your aspirations? Goal-setting looks different for everyone — but whether you create a detailed Excel sheet, draw up a mind map, or jot down notes in your journal, being intentional is key. Set SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Bound) to achieve your desired outcome, and don’t forget to stay disciplined.

Fail quickly, learn fast

As a founder, there’s no question you’re going to fail — we all do! While it may seem like the end of the world, failure truly is the secret ingredient to success. Think of failure as a tool that helps uncover next steps by telling us exactly what’s working and what’s not. After all, Yin doesn’t exist without Yang.

“With every failure, I’m one step closer to success.” — Kelly Emery, Founder & CEO, Troop

Stay positive

Turn “I wish” phrases to “let’s do it” and “what if I fail?” to “when I succeed.” Focusing on the negative is easy, especially as a founder who inevitably hits what feels like every bump in the road. When you catch yourself drifting to that place of negativity, shift your mindset to practice gratitude and confidence. There’s nothing more powerful than believing in yourself and your business.

“Success is not defined by the end result – within every initiative, you will find an opportunity to grow, to learn and to push yourself one step closer to your goals and your success.” — Ahmer Rafiq, CEO, Souqh

Put yourself in the driver’s seat

Be accountable and disciplined. Of course, the most essential practice in manifestation is action. Joining an incubator like the DMZ helps hold founders like you accountable to your goals and provides a playbook to put dreams into action. Take ownership. You got this.

“I meditate daily, allocate time for sales calls, and have regular touch points with advisors who hold me accountable.” — Kelly Emery, Founder & CEO, Troop

 

Can you really manifest your startup dreams? Try it.

If you’re looking for a sign to join the DMZ, this is it. Check out our programs here.

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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It’s time to elevate your social (impact) game

To celebrate our women-identifying founders, we’ve put together ‘On Wednesdays, we startup’, a blog series dedicated to positioning women founders centre stage to acknowledge their work, complexities and wins!

We hope to push women-founder stories forward and share lessons learned and insights for other aspiring women entrepreneurs.

For this week’s feature, we handed the reins to Kelly Emery, the Founder of Troop and expert in startup development, to speak to social impact and what startups can do to not only add it to their business models but also elevate their social impact game.

Guest blog: By Kelly Emery, Founder of Troop

When a company helps the community they work in, people take notice. From clients to customers and current employees to prospective talent, social impact initiatives make people feel good about being a part of an organization that does good.

It gives people that warm and fuzzy feeling.

I’m not going to BS you — when times are good, it’s easy to give back and when times are difficult, it’s not. However, when times are tough social impact initiatives are needed most and your employees and customers take notice of how your organization responds to pressing needs in society.

Turn towards social impact initiatives, not away

No doubt, you’ve heard the saying, ‘when the going gets tough, the tough get going.’ During uncertain times, companies that choose to step up to help are the ones that are set apart. Businesses that engage in social impact initiatives are the type of purpose-driven organizations employees and customers want to align with, especially as we live in a post-pandemic world.

Oodles of research has been done on the topic and I’ve highlighted some in the Troop Guide to Social Impact. For example, studies have shown: 

  • Purpose-driven companies have 40% higher levels of talent retention than their competitors.
  • 88% of employees say their job is more fulfilling when they can make a positive impact on social and environmental issues.
  • 66% of consumers would switch from a product they normally buy to a similar one by a purpose-driven company.

All this is to say — now is the time to ignite a social impact program, if your company doesn’t already have one, or double down on any current ones.

Make a greater impact with social impact

Amp up your organization’s impact by engaging your employees in new and interactive ways. Did you know that:

  •  78% of employees would work for a business if it sought their input into the charitable causes it supports
  • 80% of employees are likely to provide input into the organizations a business donates to if given the opportunity

Employees want to do good at work, and for SMBs looking to make this happen, it’s not always easy to know where to start. Enter Troop.

Troop is a technology-based solution that brings together businesses and their staff with local charities and non-profits. It gives your team a voice in how your company can best help your community with a plug-and-play solution that’s easy to implement and requires minimal ongoing management. 

So how does it work?

Each month your employees receive a curated list of vetted needs in the community and will pick the one that resonates with them most. Based on votes, Troop fulfills the selected need and provides a follow-up so they can see and feel the difference being made in the lives of the people they’ve helped.

Ready to elevate your social impact and do good with Troop? Download our Ultimate Guide to Social Impact, visit the Troop website, or connect with me via LinkedIn for more information.