Empowering women founders
with enhanced startup support
On March 7, the DMZ will be hosting its inaugural Women Founders Summit in partnership with Firehood. Women-led businesses will have the opportunity to pitch up to 50 angels for an investment prize.
Winners of the DMZ’s second annual Women of the Year Award will officially be announced at the Summit, revealing Canada’s most inspirational women in tech.
Women tech founders drive innovation, the tech ecosystem and the global economy. However, they also encounter disproportionate barriers to business growth compared to their male counterparts.
That’s why women-identifying founders that come to the DMZ receive additional opportunities and specialized support to support their growth – on top of the standard programming that all founders get.
Added benefits that women founders in DMZ programs can tap into include:
- A strong peer support group of other women tech founders, mentors, and industry leaders and additional hands-on support from DMZ staff
- Introductions to funders dedicated to women founders and partnership opportunities
- Amplified company exposure and heightened visibility through marketing and PR opportunities
- Access to exclusive cutting-edge content, workshops, resources, discounts, events and more
The above benefits vary by program.
Women founders receive special support across DMZ programs
Establish my business idea
An exclusive online platform and community built to support emerging women entrepreneurs.
Build and refine my prototype
A 16-week program helping founders build an MVP and launch their business. Women founders receive an additional layer of programming.
Launch and scale my product
An 18-month program helping high-potential startups gain market traction. Women founders receive an additional layer of programming.
Experts-in-Residence (EiRs) are the DMZ’s in-house subject-matter experts that advise founders on sales process, revenue growth, product design, pitch coaching and more. These EiRs work with startups in our Women Founders program: