In the final week of January, Digital Media Zone (DMZ) executive director Abdullah Snobar presented the upcoming five-year plan of the incubator’s development at a Ryerson Board of Directors meeting. According to Snobar, the cornerstone of this plan will be the startups DMZ plans to support in the years to come and how Ryerson’s zone learning program can participate. “We […]
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The DMZ and Ryerson tech leaders signed an open letter, titled “Diversity is our Strength”, in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s travel ban. “As connected economies, decisions by the United States can directly impact every business north of the border. The recently signed executive order to block entry of citizens from seven countries has already impacted several in our […]
Brennan McEachran, a Ryerson graduate student, wanted to help make his school a better place by collecting input from his fellow students. So, he created SoapBox, one of the original startups at Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone in 2010. Since then, the application has been integrated as one of Ryerson’s many platforms for students to provide feedback and share ideas. But students are questioning […]
Keeping in shape has gotten a lot easier for Ryerson students this year. Ryerson Athletics announced its partnership with Trainer+ in September, a web and mobile based fitness app designed to help trainers create and share workout programs more efficiently. Launched out of Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone in June, the Trainer+ app currently has over 800 free subscribers – around […]
By Isabelle Docto and Robyn Fiorda Ryerson’s new Science Discovery Zone (SDZ) will have a new home in the Centre for Urban Innovation (CUI) thanks to today’s provincial and federal funding announcement. Bill Morneau, Canada’s minister of finance, announced today that Ryerson will receive more than $30 million of federal infrastructure funding. Another $4.7 million will come from the province. […]
Born in Dubai and grown in Toronto, Crowdbabble is another startup success story to join Ryerson’s DMZ. The social media analytics tool is set to disrupt the market, one social media platform at a time. Crowdbabble targets marketers and pulls data from their companies’ social media accounts, automatically putting it into easily consumable reports. Clients can also add their competitors’ […]
Aviva Canada and Ryerson’s DMZ unveiled a new partnership last Wednesday to help tech startups emerge break into their industries. The goal? To bring fresh ideas and encourage innovation in insurance and brokerage by collaborating with startups. Aviva Canada, a Canadian property and casualty insurance company made the official announcement at Ryerson on March 23. Abdullah Snobar, executive director of […]
Correction: The print version of this story incorrectly stated that Monica Jako is the director of strategic planning and partnerships in the DMZ. She is, in fact, the director of strategic planning and partnerships in the faculty of arts. The mistake has been corrected. If a fortune teller told Barbara Lukasz, a fourth-year English student, about the year-long transformation that […]
Doesn’t recording yourself playing video games with your friends for YouTube sound like the dream final thesis project?
Ryerson University and Tangerine Bank announced a joint partnership Feb. 23 to officially launch the new Ryerson Tangerine Thinkubator. The “Thinkubator” is the latest addition to Ryerson’s growing fleet of startup zones, like the DMZ and the Transmedia Zone. This incubator will focus on, but not limit itself to, startups creating tools that could benefit financial technology companies. Examples would […]
New Ryerson University partnership to help workers secure employment by providing essential skills training
AccessNow’s Maayan Ziv and the Inclusive Design Research Centre students at OCAD enlightened Uber on challenges faced by people with disabilities.
Lachemi will visit Ryerson’s India-based incubator in Mumbai on Friday.
Metrolinx retired the GO mobile app on Jan. 2 and commuters are still dealing with the rocky transition. The mobile app that was launched in 2011 by Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone (DMZ) was having continuous technical issues.
One team out of eight walked away with $5,000 in a competition at the DMZ.
Ryerson’s DMZ university incubator program was ranked #1 by UBI Global Nov. 4.
Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, spent the first part of his 37th official trip to Canada meeting with the founders of three startup companies at the DMZ.
Starting Up is an audio series featuring young and promising entrepreneurs on campus.
OpenSports is in its its final stages of development at the DMZ. The mobile app is being heralded as “Tinder for sports,” because it allows users to quickly find nearby recreational sport activities, facilities and players.
Starting Up is an audio series featuring young and promising entrepreneurs on campus. Listen to business reporters, A.A. Ali and Veronica Silva Cusi, as they talk to some of these entrepreneurs. In our first episode we speak with Agile Capital co-founders, André Wills and Kyle Boyko. Written and produced by Veronica Silva Cusi and A.A. Ali.
This version corrects the description of Levin’s former job in paragraph 10 and the name of the DMZ in paragraph 2. Ryerson’s business incubator has welcomed two new startups along with the new school year. Backflip and SteadfastBeta are the latest startups to join the DMZ, formerly known as the Digital Media Zone, an organization for new companies looking to […]
Abdullah Snobar knows he has big shoes to fill as he prepares to take the top job at Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone (DMZ). Snobar will be stepping into the executive director position left by Valerie Fox, the DMZ’s much-lauded co-founder and executive director of over five years, who leaves June 30. “She a builder, she’s the creator, she’s the founder, […]
The future of some Ted Rogers School of Management (TRSM) students could be in Africa, as the business school is seeking to solidify a strategic partnership with universities on the continent. TRSM dean Steven Murphy visited universities in Kenya, Rwanda and South Africa last month, discussing potential partnership opportunities for Ryerson’s business school. Murphy says that the partnership with an […]
(Luke Williams/Ryersonian Staff) Something new is going to be flying high in the MAC. Brizi, the company that makes these social media drones, is a company inside the Digital Media Zone (DMZ) at Ryerson that is hoping to introduce drone blimps to Rams sporting events. Anna Hu, co-founder and business lead on Brizi, says it’s more than just a blimp, […]
Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone (DMZ) is partnering with Waterloo’s Communitech and Toronto’s OneEleven to share their facilities, resources and talent. Communitech and OneEleven, like the DMZ, help entrepreneurs grow their businesses. If a Ryerson-based startup needs to meet a client in Waterloo, they now have a space to do so. The agreement, announced Monday, means that entrepreneurs from each group […]
Sending a digital tablet to a country devastated by Ebola might seem like an unusual — and unnecessary — venture. But the rippling effects of Ebola extend beyond health when services like schools have been closed since July.The closure has affected more than 1.5 million children in Liberia alone, according to a UNICEF report in September. “You have a country […]
Abi Smithson is just like any other 10-year-old. She goes to school. She’s a part of the Girl Guides of Canada. She plays on her trampoline. But something sets Abi apart from others her age: On Nov. 12, Abi pitched her business on the Next Gen Den, the youth version of Dragon’s Den. She’s the CEO of her own company, […]
Funky art, open concept spaces, post-and-beam structures and messy work stations. That’s what Brendan Dellandrea says participants of the Toronto Startup Open House can expect when over 100 startup companies throughout downtown Toronto open their doors to the public on Oct. 30. But it’s the people inside these spaces that will be the real draw, he says. Dellandrea is the […]
Ryerson University has recently welcomed Helen Burstyn as a distinguished visiting professor in social innovation and enterprise. Burstyn has been involved in government, community service and business for 35 years and has a wealth of knowledge to share with students. The Toronto resident is chair of The Partnership Forum, the Ontario government’s advisory body on the not-for-profit sector. She […]
Rougas talks about other industry professionals besides journalists who can appreciate this tool. He also talks about the events he’s had the opportunity to be apart of because of the DMZ and the obstacles he’s faced since his company was launched back in March 2013. Rougas explains how this product could of helped him if he was still in the […]
Ryerson is partnering with top universities in South Africa to create eight fellowships that will help student entrepreneurs develop their businesses. As part of the fellowships, South African students will receive transportation, accommodation and a three- to four-month placement in one of the four incubators at Ryerson. The initial cost of flights, health insurance and various pre-departure needs total $2,000 […]
On a planet far away, cavemen wander through Egyptian pyramids. Astronauts explore the Sahara desert and princesses fly through space. All this and more is possible in the world of Ping Pong Story, a website created to develop the imaginations of children while promoting literacy at an early age. Ryerson graduate, Debora Rubin is the founder of this online portal. […]
Sitting behind her desk in Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone, Emilie Cushman exudes confidence. The 23-year-old entrepreneur speaks with passion, conviction and enthusiasm. It’s easy to capture her personality within seconds, and this is exactly what her software, Kira Talent, intends to do. Using their video-interviewing software, Kira Talent, Cushman and business partner Konrad Listwan-Ciesielski plan to revolutionize the interview process […]
Ryerson’s president, Sheldon Levy, has been honoured with the Toronto Region Board of Trade’s second annual Builder Award. “Sheldon embodies all that we think the Toronto Region Builder Award is about and why we created it,” said Carol Wilding, president of the Board of Trade. Wilding said the board selected Levy because of his contributions to the Ryerson campus. […]
The Ryerson company that brought commuters closer to GO Transit is now tackling traffic in Canada’s capital. Flybits, a Digital Media Zone (DMZ) startup, released its Ottawa Nav app on Nov. 18. The first of its kind in Canada, the app offers real-time personalized updates on travelling in the city. The initiative is a step towards creating the framework for […]
Five days before the launch of her first app, Riter Liu is thousands of miles away from her team in Beijing, learning how to run her business at Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone (DMZ). Liu, 24, is one of four visiting scholars from the Communication University of China (CUC) developing their technology startups at Ryerson. While it’s well known for its […]
It’s been called the “Netflix for the blind”. Zagga Entertainment is an early-stage startup out of Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone (DMZ) that is gaining interest in the Toronto startup community. Last Tuesday, the company’s president and founder, Kevin Shaw, won an audience choice award at the DMZ’s 120 Minutes in the Zone annual business pitch event. Their product, Zazemo, is […]
Entrepreneurship is a part of the solution to students’ financial problems and Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone (DMZ) is the perfect example, said the Liberal candidate for the Toronto Centre federal byelection, Chrystia Freeland. Freeland spoke with The Ryersonian Friday and identified tuition, student loans and entrepreneurship as three important areas her party is looking at. She touted the DMZ as an example […]
When the American futurist writer Juan Enriquez came to Toronto last spring to speak at a health symposium, he presented the audience — a group of high-powered scientists, bio-tech researchers, and entrepreneurs — with a question. “What do the smartest people in Canada do? Where do they go?” The implied answer was along the lines of: “They go to the […]
Students looking to impress a dragon in the Dragons’ Den can now perfect their proposal, pitch and prototype in the newly approved optional specialization program, now being offered in conjunction with Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone (DMZ). Aspiring entrepreneurs will soon be able to apply to an optional specialization for credit by presenting a well-developed business plan. If accepted, they will […]