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Magnet Student Work Placement Program, external link, opens in new window

The Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) brings together employers, students, and post-secondary school stakeholders to create quality work-integrated learning opportunities. The Magnet Student Work Placement Program is run through the Office of Zone Learning by not-for-profit, digital social innovation platform Magnet.

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Professional Skills Development Zone, opens in new window

The Professional Skills Development Zone provides opportunities to develop transferable skills like critical thinking, communication, interpersonal relations and technical skills. Participants can choose from a combination of workshops and learning modules and apply for work placements at Zone startups or other employers.

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Startup School provides fundamental entrepreneurial education to aspiring and emerging entrepreneurs alike. Students and founders can take advantage of practical education on topics curated to accelerate a startup’s growth. Join top industry experts, academic thought leaders and seasoned entrepreneurs as they lead sessions on the topics crucial to entrepreneurial success.

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Shad Canada

Shad, external link is a lifelong experience that begins with a month-long summer program, which shows students that they can achieve anything if they think big and pursue their extraordinary potential. Shad teaches high school students – at a pivotal point in their education – to recognize their own capabilities and envision their potential as tomorrow’s leaders and change makers. 

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Minor in Innovation & Zone Learning

This new academic minor from Zone Learning allows undergraduate students to start and grow their projects and ventures under the guidance of an instructor. Courses from across the unveristy allow students to get hands-on experience gaining deeper insights into the skills and competencies needed to grow a project or venture.

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Investor Readiness with NACO Canada, external link, opens in new window

This program helps founders to gain the information required and attain the coaching needed in raising capital and resources to transform their good ideas into investor-ready companies. The Investor Readiness Program allows participants to virtually meet investors through 3 online sessions. 1-on-1 coaching is also available.

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TechTalent Accelerator, opens in new window

The TechTalent Accelerator prepares undergraduate and graduate students to foster industry specific skills, knowledge, and experience with exposure to evolving challenges and opportunities faced by the Tech Industry. Students participate in seminars, complete training courses and gain hands-on experience through hack-a-thons, job shadows and internships.

Experience Ventures

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Experience Ventures creates paid entrepreneurial thinking placements for college and university students with innovative companies in Canada. Entrepreneurial thinking is being creative in finding innovative solutions. Student's get paid to participate in challenges, projects, hackathons, and other entrepreneurial thinking placements.

Regional Programs

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Brampton Venture Zone, opens in new window

Located within the burgeoning Brampton Innovation District, external link, opens in new window, The Zone aims to enhance the city’s social and economic vitality by supporting the growth of new business, creating high-skilled jobs, building a talent pipeline, and solidifying Brampton’s standing as a global hub of innovation.

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Niagara Falls Ryerson Innovation Hub, external link, opens in new window

The Niagara Falls Ryerson Innovation Hub (NFRIH) brings together ambitious founders and teams to enable innovation through unique opportunities and valuable resources. The NFRIH provides resources and mentorship to help startups succeed and scale their businesses. The NFRIH is run in partnership with FedDev Ontario, the DMZ and Spark Niagara.

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DMZ Innisfil, opens in new window

DMZ Innisfil is more than just a workspace. In partnership with the Town of Innisfil, DMZ Innisfil will be a staple to the town’s growing startup community by providing exclusive resources and access to a network of partners, customers and investors from Canada’s top tech incubator-accelerator.

National Programs

Incubate Innovate Network of Canada, external link

The Incubate Innovate Network of Canada (I-INC) is a pan-Canadian, internationally connected network of high-performance university-linked accelerators and incubators. Along with UOIT (now Ontario Tech) and SFU, Toronto Metropolitan University is a founding partner of the network. Now with 13 partner institutions nationwide, I-INC creates an ecosystem for the efficient commercialization of University-based and science and technology-enabled innovation. 

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Lab2Market, external link, opens in new window

Lab2Market (L2M) is the first national-level program in Canada to fund and equip graduate students and their faculty supervisors with the entrepreneurial skills needed to assess the commercial viability of their university-based research innovations. Lab2Market is run in partnership with Dalhousie University and Memorial University. The program is funded with support from support of FedDev Ontario, ACOA, Mitacs and Ocean Supercluster – Ocean Startup Project.

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Catalyst Cyber Accelerator, opens in new window

Located in Brampton's Innovation District, the Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst, helps Canadians and Canadian companies seize the opportunities and tackle the challenges of cybersecurity. The Catalyst has partnered with the DMZ, to launch the Catalyst Cyber Accelerator. Headquartered in Brampton this accelerator is the first of its kind in Canada providing growth strategies, mentorship and resources for the most promising cybersecurity scale-ups and help them succeed.

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Mindframe Connect, external link, opens in new window

MindFrame Connect is an online platform that features leading experts, entrepreneurs, and mentors in workshops, how-to videos, masterclasses, literature pieces, podcasts, and more. All content is designed to provide practical learnings and advice that an entrepreneur and/or mentor can efficiently apply in real-life time. It also supports accelerators, hubs, and academic institutions as a complement to their current programming.