A world-class accelerator based in downtown Toronto

Ryerson Futures operates a network of accelerator programs under the brand Zone Startups.

Our network is always growing, and currently includes Zone Startups Calgary, Zone Startups Sports + Media, Zone Startups India, Zone Startups Vietnam, and more.

We provide hands-on strategic and tactical guidance for startups looking to drive market validation and customer acquisition, as well as access to investors, corporate partners, and advisors.

We offer an innovation consulting practice that lets corporate clients explore and embrace new ideas and technologies alongside leading-edge startups. For high-potential startups, we can provide seed capital and support for future financing efforts.

Team

Matt Saunders

Ryerson Futures / Zone Startups, President

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Alan Lysne

Ryerson Futures / Zone Startups, COO & Managing Partner

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Jam Michael McDonald

Ryerson Futures / Zone Startups, Director of Marketing and Communications

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Board of Directors

Nadir Mohamed

Former CEO, Rogers Communications

Jack Cockwell

Group Chairman, Brookfield Asset Management

Janice Fukakusa

Former CAO/CFO, Royal Bank of Canada

Mark Cohon

Former Commissioner, Canadian Football League

Mohamed Lachemi

President, Ryerson University

Sheldon Levy

Former President, Ryerson University

Steven Liss

VP Research and Innovation, Ryerson University

Julia Shin Doi

General Counsel, Ryerson

Startups in the Program

Thrive Savings

Helps users break out of the cycle of living paycheck-to-paycheck by implementing automated savings plans to reach financial goals.

Flipd

The digital wellness company that’s engineering healthy screen habits for the next generation.

Chatter Research

Real-time customer feedback, helping companies be more customer-responsive, drive operational excellence, and increase revenue.

Level Jump

Maximizes sales productivity by delivering peer-to-peer learning via video, within Salesforce.

Become a Corporate Partner

Ryerson Futures offers businesses a new approach to entrepreneurship and innovation. To learn more, contact us.