A world-class accelerator with global reach

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.

Zone Startups is a global accelerator for startups with strong teams and a vision to become fast-growing market leaders. Zone Startups is operated by Ryerson Futures, a Toronto-based accelerator. In 2013, Ryerson launched its first acceleration partnership with the Bombay Stock Exchange in Mumbai. In 2016, it created Zone Startups Calgary in a partnership with GE Canada, and Zone Startups Sports + Media in partnership with Rogers.


Joe Martini

Zone Startups Calgary, Director

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Heather Herring

Executive in Residence

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James Chepyha

Executive in Residence

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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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Bruce Gilkes | Executive, Technology Pathfinders

R. Curtis Marcotte | Managing Director, Revenant Capital & Consulting

Dave Chelich | President/CEO, First Resource Capital Corp

Dan Chapman | Director of Business Development and Projects, NRStor Inc.

Darcy Ell | Advisor, EnerNEXT Advisors Inc.

David Butler | Executive Director, Canadian Clean Power Coalition

Eddy Isaacs | President, Eddy Isaacs Inc.

Jeremy Gilman | Principal, McRock Capital

Louis Bernacchi | Principal Consultant, Keywork Labs Inc.

Richard May | Principal, Peak Ventures

Scott Weiler | Executive Vice-President of Finance, JWI Investments LP

Shaun Kelly | Former Canadian President, GE Oil & Gas


Startups in the Program


At LUXMUX, we develop and manufacture rugged, compact, stable laser and light sources for scientific research and industry.

Vintri Technologies

Vintri Technologies is the leading supplier of material traceability and data integrity in the pipeline industry.

Osprey Informatics

Intelligent visual monitoring for the oil and gas industry.

Stream Systems

Letting energy companies identify, assess, and reduce system bottlenecks by providing planning and an optimization toolkit.

Become a Corporate Partner

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