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 for Hire” 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

Read Full Bio

Heather Herring

Executive in Residence

Read Full Bio

James Chepyha

Executive in Residence

Read Full Bio

Matt Saunders

Ryerson Futures / Zone Startups, President

Read Full Bio

Alan Lysne

Ryerson Futures / Zone Startups, Managing Director

Read Full Bio

Jam Michael McDonald

Zone Startups, Marketing and Communications Manager

Read Full Bio

Startups in the Program

Athena Industrial Services

Athena provides 3D imaging technology using electro-magnetics for the characterization of surface defects of conductive materials.

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.