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, Barclay's Rise Accelerator, Thought Factory with Axis Bank, Gateway91, 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 for Hire” 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.


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, Marketing and Communications Manager

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Board of Directors

Nadir Mohamed

Former CEO, Rogers Communications

Janice Fukakusa

Former CAO/CFO, Royal Bank of Canada

Jack Cockwell

Group Chairman, Brookfield Asset Management

Mark Cohon

Former Commissioner, Canadian Football League

Mohamed Lachemi

President, Ryerson University

Julia Shin Doi

General Counsel, Ryerson

Startups in the Program


An on-demand staffing app for the hospitality industry—whether it be restaurant, catering, or event staff.

Chatter Research

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


Allows anyone to listen to music and talk at the same time.


A web-based integrated solution to manage customers, sales, and inventory.

Become a Corporate Partner

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