MAKO’s Partner, the DMZ, Named Best University-led Incubator in the World

by | Feb 26, 2018 | Community Initiatives, Events, Mako Official Partner, Start-ups

The DMZ at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada was just named the best university-led business incubator in the world! Since 2010, the DMZ has been helping tech and invention startups in Canada turn their inventions into reality. They help budding entrepreneurs build great businesses by connecting them with customers, capital experts and a fantastic community of entrepreneurs and influencers.

For invention startups, this is where "the magic happens."

The entrance of Ryerson’s DMZ.

About the Ryerson DMZ

The DMZ has incubated roughly 300 tech and invention startups and has raised close to $400 million, creating more than 3,000 jobs. It’s amazing growth and success helping young inventors and entrepreneurs has led to them opening an office in New York City in the last few years. They have also developed a sales accelerator program and forged partnerships with some of the most noteworthy companies and banks like Facebook to develop accelerator programs.


About the award

Ryerson’s DMZ was ranked the best in the world by UBI Global, tying for first with the U.K’s SETsquared. UBI Global is a leader in performance analysis of business incubators around the world. Based in Stockholm, the research organization looks at 20 key performance indicators when judging which include funding raised by tech and invention startups, jobs created, the survival rate of the incubated companies, etc.

Since the last UBI ranking in 2015, the DMZ has created an advisory council with top tech and business minds from across North America, as well as working on expanding their offerings and partnerships with leading companies.

Invention startups apply for the $10,500 grant to be used towards their business' development.

2016 winners of the MAKO Student Innovation Award.

MAKO and the DMZ

MAKO partners with the DMZ for the Student Innovation Award each year and we’re proud to work with such a distinct incubator. The DMZ represents not just a distinguished incubator in the city of Toronto but in the entire world. We are so excited to work together with the DMZ to help boost Canada’s most promising invention startups by helping them turn their brilliant inventions into real, functional products. The MAKO Student Innovation Award has just launched for 2018, with applications now open for a chance to win a $10,000 grant to put towards business development of startups.

Congrats to the Ryerson DMZ on their huge accomplishment! Cheers to a great partnership for years to come!

Article Author: MAKO Design + Invent

Article Author: MAKO Design + Invent

Company Team

MAKO Design + Invent is a full-service consumer product development firm servicing both high-growth corporate manufacturers and invention startups. With a 25-person team across 3 offices (Austin, England, Toronto), MAKO has complete in-house industrial design, mechanical engineering, and electrical engineering design and prototyping services. To assist our start-up inventor clients, we also have a subsidiary branch called Mako Invent that, in addition to above, helps start-ups with patenting, strategy, marketing, and sales/distribution for all consumer product categories. For our corporate clients, MAKO Design develops world-class consumer electronics designs through our industrial, mechanical, and electrical design teams.



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