The DMZ at Ryerson University has been ranked the number one university-based incubator in the world by UBI Global. Up from third place in 2015, the DMZ is now the leading incubator program managed by a
university out of over 200 programs in its category. A first for any
“Excelling across all impact and performance categories, the DMZ
at Ryerson University has once again demonstrated why it is one
of the best university-managed incubation programs in the world.
A truly impressive accomplishment evident by successful startups
such as Sampler, Borrowell and Sensibill, all incubated at the
DMZ,” says Ali Amin, co-founder, UBI Global.
UBI Global is a leader in performance analysis of business incubators around the world. The Stockholm-based research organization
looks at over 20 key performance indicators including funding
raised by startups, jobs created, survival rate of companies, number
of coaching hours per company per month and many more.
“At the DMZ, we understand that economic vitality is fueled by
growth-driven incubation and acceleration programs that accelerate
the success of the next generation of innovative businesses and
prepare them for global expansion,” says Abdullah Snobar, execu-
tive director, DMZ. “The UBI ranking is helping us better under-
stand ways to push boundaries in order to create impact not just for
our entrepreneurs, but also for our country’s contribution to the
global startup ecosystem.”
Since the last UBI ranking in 2015, the DMZ has created an advi-
sory council comprising of the top tech and business minds in North
America; opened an office in New York City to support Canadian
entrepreneurs; focused on startup scale and growth by launching its
flagship sales accelerator program; and developed partnerships with
companies like Facebook and large Canadian banks to develop
accelerator programs in digital news, fintech and early market vali-
dation for women-led founders.
As the DMZ heads into its eighth year in the startup ecosystem, it
will focus on its flagship sales accelerator for high-growth companies, with pre-accelerator and incubation programs supporting the
full journey of an entrepreneur from ideation to validation to
A startup’s path isn’t linear. And as the leading incubator-accelera-tor in the world, the DMZ is making an investment in people, not
just their ideas.
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