About DMZ

Welcome to the Digital Media Zone at Ryerson University!

The Digital Media Zone (DMZ) at Ryerson University is one of Canada’s largest incubators and multi-disciplinary co-working spaces for entrepreneurs. Set atop Yonge-Dundas Square, and infused with the energy and resources of downtown Toronto, this hub of digital media innovation, collaboration and commercialization is home to both startups and industry solution-providers. The DMZ leads the way in experiential learning and business success by creating a unique ecosystem of education and entrepreneurship. Emerging leaders fast-track their product launches and grow their companies in this supportive community by connecting with mentors, customers and each other.

A different kind of business incubator

The Digital Media Zone has a fertile collaborative culture strategically designed to propel learning and generate success. Entrepreneurs are from diverse academic disciplines, backgrounds and business stages. Giving and receiving value from one another is essential to our model. And our buzzy downtown location makes networking and industry partnerships easier than ever.

Most incubators have set terms for everything from admissions and team size to length of stay and equity asks. The DMZ is flexible and inclusive. Companies can enter at different stages through a variety of supported pathways. They can remain and grow here until they feel ready to move on. And equity exchanges for eligible companies are optional.

The Digital Media Zone is an evolving success story, with remarkable results in its short history and an extremely promising future. It responds to the needs of students, industry, entrepreneurs, the Canadian marketplace and the local community. The DMZ is building both Toronto’s and Canada’s future as a global hub of innovation and economic development.

The great knowledge and ideas coming out of the DMZ drive industry forward and push the boundaries of what is possible. —Paul Godfrey, CEO, Postmedia Network