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Zone Learning

Zone learning allows students to explore emerging technologies and launch innovative business ideas.

Get in the Zone

As a Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU) student, you don't have to wait until you graduate to gain career-ready skills and experience to put on your resume. Not just for entrepreneurs, Zone Learning is for anyone who wants to get practical experience in what it takes to build an initiative from the ground up. You can initiate your own projects or contribute to existing ventures involving faculty, business and community partners. 

$50,000 in business funding available every year

Have a business idea that deserves funding? Every year, the Slaight New Venture Competition provides $25,000 to two TRSM student entrepreneurs. The annual student competition, organized by Enactus TMU, is made possible through the generosity of the Slaight Family Foundation.

Launch your big idea

The Ted Rogers School of Management is the school for students with big business ideas. Our innovation ecosystem includes TMU’s zones, incubators and joint ventures. Since 2010, more than 3,600 jobs have been created by 388 TMU startups, and TMU companies have received close to $563 million in total funding.

The innovation ecosystem

Biomedical Zone (external link) 

A physician-led, hospital-based health technology incubator located in the heart of downtown Toronto.

Clean Energy Zone

TMU’s incubator and accelerator focused on urban energy.

Design Fabrication Zone

An interdisciplinary incubator for design and fabrication, where emerging entrepreneurs build their ideas.


The top-ranked university incubator in North America and third in the world, the DMZ helps startups succeed by connecting them with customers, advisors, influencers and other entrepreneurs.

Fashion Zone (external link) 

One of Canada’s first incubators for fashion-inspired business.


Established by TMU’s Faculty of Engineering & Architectural Science, iBoost hosts teams who want to solve real customer problems and create startups around that solution.

Future of Sport Lab (external link) 

A new lab anchored in sport innovation and created through the shared vision of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd. (MLSE) and Toronto Metropolitan University. The FSL brings together students, faculty, entrepreneurs, mentors, industry partners and sport properties to shape the global future of sport. 

Legal Innovation Zone

A co-working space for the people and ideas that will change the status quo of Canada’s legal system.

Science Discovery Zone

Empowering creative students towards progressive impact by addressing global challenges, while remodelling existing educational paradigms.

SocialVentures Zone

Designated by the Ashoka Foundation as Canada’s first “Changemaker Campus,” the SocialVentures Zone is where social innovation extends across research, classroom and student activities.

Startup School (external link) 

Provides fundamental entrepreneurial education to aspiring and emerging entrepreneurs.

Transmedia Zone

Supports new ideas and practical prototyping on the future of content, with a focus on emerging platforms and true innovation.