Pre-Incubator (formerly: Bootcamp)

By mmuise

The DMZ’s Pre-Incubator program helps early-stage tech founders validate their business idea, establish a minimum viable product and build a roadmap for implementation to launch a startup.

Comments on Funding:

Funding is a $5K grant for startups with a Black founder and/or for startups that have Supply AI eligibility. DMZ asks for 2.5% equity from Bootcamp companies in the form of options.

Deadline: Rolling deadline

At minimum applicants must:

  • have an idea dedicated to solving a compelling problem using innovative technology;
  • have an early MVP;
  • have at least one dedicated (full-time) founder;
  • have an in-house tech lead;
  • have the potential to transition into the DMZ Incubator program after graduation.
Application Steps:

1. Applicants must apply online using the DMZ Application Form.

2. Applicants that meet the eligibility criteria will be contacted by a member of the Programs team to schedule a follow up meeting.

3. Selected startups will be invited to pitch to DMZ’s Programs team followed by due diligence.

Documentation Needed:

No specific documentation has been identified.

Other Things to Note:

1. Startups with at least one Black or woman-identifying co-founder receive an additional layer of startup support and benefits when joining the Bootcamp.
2. Through the DMZ's partnerships, Bootcamp startups receive exclusive perks from 80+ partners valued at over $470K in business savings.
3. DMZ is a Toronto-based world-leading growth incubator.
4. The DMZ asks for 2.5% equity from Bootcamp companies in the form of options. Bootcamp graduates that enter the DMZ Incubator program do not provide any additional equity for the Incubator’s 18 months of support.
5. Rolling intakes - monthly.

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