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.

Team

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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Mentors

Bruce Gilkes

Executive, Technology Pathfinders

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Dan Chapman

Director of Business Development and Projects, NRStor Inc.

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Darcy Ell

Advisor, EnerNEXT Advisors Inc.

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David Butler

Executive Director, Canadian Clean Power Coalition

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David M. Chelich

President/CEO, First Resource Capital Corp

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Eddy Isaacs

President, Eddy Isaacs Inc.

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Francisco Gomez

VP, Business Development

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Jeremy Gilman

Principal, McRock Capital

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Louis Bernacchi

Principal Consultant, Keywork Labs Inc.

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R. Curtis Marcotte

Managing Director, Revenant Capital & Consulting

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Richard May

Principal, Peak Ventures

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Scott Weiler

Executive Vice-President of Finance, JWI Investments LP

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Shaun Kelly

Former Canadian President, GE Oil & Gas

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Startups in the Program

Luxmux

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.