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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James Chepyha

Executive in Residence

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Natasha Kostenuk

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, Director of Marketing and Communications

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Bob Golding

Independent Consultant, Bob Golding Solutions

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Bruce Gilkes

Executive, Technology Pathfinders

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Dan Chapman

President, Chapman Ventures Inc.

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Dave Ehman

CTO, Centry Ltd.

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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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Geoff Lyon

CEO and CTO, Geoff Lyon Consulting Services

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Greg Pocherewny

President, Fifth Ring Leadership

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Heather Christie-Burns

Founder, CEO, Energy Executive

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Heather Herring

Principal, Make It So Inc.

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Henry Kutarna

Expert Mentor, Kutarna Consulting

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Jeremy Gilman

Principal, McRock Capital

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Lyndon Ward

Partner, Inspira Energía

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R. Curtis Marcotte

Managing Director, Revenant Capital & Consulting

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Rebecca Greenan

Strategist, R. Greenan Consulting Ltd.

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Serena Reid

President, Crescentviews Consulting Ltd.

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Shaun Kelly

Former Canadian President, GE Oil & Gas

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Tejas Kashyap

Mineral Resource Specialist, Government of NWT, Yellowknife

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Vanessa White

Founder and Director, FUEL Energy Consulting

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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

Solve business challenges with a system-level approach to assets and supply chain in the cloud.

Become a Corporate Partner

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