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Toronto Met's 10 Zones

Members of the Social Ventures Zone work together

What's a zone?

Zone Learning at TMU is home to 10 zones on our downtown campus, as well as several off-campus zones. Each Zone has a distinct industry focus, designed for brainstorming, igniting projects and nurturing startups from the ground up.

In a Zone, you’re not alone on your journey - you are part of a thriving community. We provide one-on-one mentorship from industry experts, grant you access to cutting edge workspaces, and state of the art technologies. It's a place where your ideas can come to life, or where you can leverage your skills to collaborate with a dynamic team. 

Zones are more than just a space. They’re a launchpad for your personal and professional growth. Through Zones, you can expand your network, gain valuable experiences, bolster your resume and even tap into funding opportunities that can turn your dreams into reality.

Are you looking for advice on a startup idea? Not sure if a Zone is right for you? Connect with our Startup Advisors for one-on-one guidance on how to get started.

What a Zone can do for you

Four images in a row. The first image says “Tap into a wealth of resources. Leverage the knowledge of more than 350 advisors and coaches, access up to $1M in perks and discounts, and apply for up to $650,000 in awards and grants annually.”  The second image says “Mingle with the brightest minds in innovation. You know people. We know people. Let’s build connections that change the world.”  The third image says “We are the side hustle to your degree. Don’t wait until graduation to figure out what you want to do. Come do it with us today.”  The fourth image says “You’ve got an idea. We’ll help with the rest. Your idea, our expertise. Let’s bring it to life together.”

On-Campus Zones

Biomedical Zone  (opens in new window) 

Located in St. Michael’s Hospital, this zone helps early-stage health technology companies validate their solutions directly in a hospital setting with clinicians, business experts and innovative thinkers.

Clean Energy Zone  (opens in new window) 

An incubator focused on clean, sustainable energy innovations including electric vehicles, renewable energy, energy storage and distribution, microgrids and net-zero city building.

Design Fabrication Zone  (opens in new window) 

From concept development to three-dimensional prototyping and beyond, this zone is a place where commercial startups and experimental projects apply best practices in design.

DMZ  (opens in new window) 

The top-ranked university incubator in the world helps tech startups succeed by connecting them with customers, capital, experts and a community of entrepreneurs and influencers.

Fashion Zone  (opens in new window) 

One of Canada’s first incubators for fashion-inspired startups, this zone helps entrepreneurs with interest in fashion, design, and technology develop innovative new products and services through interdisciplinary collaboration.

iBoost Zone  (opens in new window) 

An early-stage startup incubator focused on developing emerging ventures and fostering the growth of tomorrow’s leaders by cultivating an entrepreneurial mindset.

Legal Innovation Zone  (opens in new window) 

The first legal tech incubator, this zone supports, fosters and develops solutions and techniques to improve legal services and the justice system.

Science Discovery Zone  (opens in new window) 

This zone uses an evidence-based approach to test big ideas and discover new ventures.

Social Ventures Zone  (opens in new window) 

A space directed at the next generation of changemakers, transforming ideas into action to create positive and viable social change.

Transmedia Zone  (opens in new window) 

An ideation and prototyping space focused on the future of content and storytelling.

Off-Campus Zones & Programs

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Located within the burgeoning Brampton Innovation District (external link) , The Brampton Venture 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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In partnership with the Town of Innisfil, DMZ Innisfil (external link)  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.

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Co-founded by TMU, Lab2Market (external link)  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.

DMZ Global  (opens in new window) 

From New York to Tokyo, the DMZ supports global partners to design, execute, and expand startup programming. Our team will share our experience, expertise, templates, and best practices, and work with your team every step of the way.


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