Ryerson University Connects Its Tech Incubator to New York City

As of today, DMZ is an international concern

It’s a smart move. By opening an office at Primary, a collaborative workspace at 28 Broadway, Ryerson University’s tech incubator DMZ is positioning itself to provide a powerful leg up to participating Canadian companies.

The official opening is today, but some have already been preliminarily using the facilities. Per a write-up in Metro Toronto:

Ami Shah, co-founder of Peekapak, has already started using the space–a vast improvement over hopping from coffee shop to coffee shop or pulling over to the side of the road to take conference calls. “All of a sudden my credibility being in the area is so much stronger,” she said. “It’s a huge relief just to have somewhere dedicated.”

Shah’s company, which teaches kids about emotional intelligence through interactive learning tools, has a lot of clients in the New York City area. Though she’s happy for the home base when travelling, she’s committed to keeping the headquarters in Canada. “Toronto’s a great place to grow a global company,” she said.

The DMZ-NYC application process is open year-round. Selected Canadian startups can use the workspace for up to four months, while partner-level companies are limited to a maximum of 30 days. Ryerson is generally also considered to be one of Canada’s top two journalism schools, alongside Carleton University in Ottawa. Welcome!