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the Toronto Startup Ecosystem


  • MaRS - MaRS is the heart of Toronto’s startup ecosystem and provides great startup resources. They have articles and courses from how to get started in entrepreneurship (ex. Entrepreneurship 101) to tool kits that help you run your business. MaRS and the startups it hosts also employ many Rotman students and graduates, so make sure to check out their Careers page.

  • Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) - The CDL is Rotman’s own seed-stage startup program. As a student, you can either take the full-year CDL elective or potentially work with the CDL as an intern. Make sure to be proactive in networking with and expressing your interest to people associated with the CDL.

  • DMZ - The DMZ is Ryerson University’s incubator and accelerator program, focusing on growing and scaling tech startups. It offers work space, coaching, and funding to startups that are accepted into its program.

  • OneEleven - OneEleven is an accelerator program that helps startups bridge the gap between seed stage and Series A funding. Typically, more established startups, with an established user base and revenue streams, go through this program.

  • Founder Institute - The Founder Institute is an international idea-stage incubator. Its focus is more focused on the development of the entrepreneur. Applicants are accepted based on their individual profiles rather than only their startup idea.

Toronto Startups

Click here for a database of startups in Toronto.

150 Notable Canadian Tech Companies and investors


CB Insights compiled 150 notable tech companies, most active venture capital and corporate investors, and top exits of Canada’s private company tech scene into a periodic table. Click here for the full report.