The DMZ at Ryerson University

Business incubator Toronto Canada
Business incubator
FoundedApril 2010
HeadquartersToronto, Ontario, Canada

The DMZ is Ryerson University's business incubator for early-stage technology startups.

The incubator was launched under the name Digital Media Zone in April 2010, a year after then-president Sheldon Levy announced his intention to make digital media a top priority for the university.[1][2]

In February 2011, the DMZ opened a new workspace within its downtown hub.[3] In April 2015, the incubator was rebranded as "DMZ".[4]

In 2015 DMZ was ranked the best university-based business incubator in North America by UBI Global[5] and in 2018 UBI Global gave it the #1 ranking in the world, jointly with The SETsquared Partnership in the United Kingdom.[6] Since it began the DMZ has helped 300 startups that have raised nearly $400 million and created in excess 3,000 jobs.[7]


  1. ^ "Ryerson as a City Builder". The Empire Club of Canada. 2009-03-05. Retrieved 2012-07-18.
  2. ^ "Ryerson helps budding inventors". Metro News. 2010-04-08. Retrieved 2012-07-18.
  3. ^ "DMZ A GIFT FOR ENTREPRENEURS". THE EYEOPENER. 2011-04-05. Retrieved 2012-07-18.
  4. ^ "Ryerson University's tech startup incubator rebrands as DMZ on fifth anniversary". Financial Post. 2015-04-16. Retrieved 2015-04-20.
  5. ^ "Three Canadian University Incubators Ranked Among World's Best". Techvibes. 2015-11-26. Retrieved 2016-10-20.
  6. ^ "Ranking: Top Business Incubator - Managed by University - 2017/2018 | UBI Global". UBI Global. 2018-02-23. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  7. ^ "Ryerson, U of T, York startup launchpads ranked among top university business incubators, accelerators". cbc.ca. Retrieved 2018-11-04.