DMZ Sandbox Student Grant Program (2022)

  • This program is currently closed.


The DMZ Sandbox Student Grant Program (the “Grant”) provides funding to eligible Ryerson students and student-led startups to allow them to develop their ideas. It aims to support innovative projects and initiatives that are positively impacting the economy and society.

Comments on Funding:

Projects of all diferent sizes and stages of development will be considered. The grants are available in a series of stages, with the following amounts available to eligible applicants at each stage:

  • Stage 1: up to $5,000 for 12 months
  • Stage 2: up to $10,000 for 18 months
  • Stage 3: up to $15,000 for 24 months


  • Ryerson undergraduate and graduate students registered in a full-time degree-granting academic program, or a recent (up to eight months after the date of graduation) Ryerson graduate from a full-time undergraduate or graduate program. 
  • The Ryerson student or recent alumni applying must have at least a 25% stake in the company/solution/idea either as an inventor or founder.
  • Co-inventors, or co-founders must have the permission of their co-inventors/co-founders to apply and must demonstrate this permission through the inclusion of a letter of support for the application signed by the co-inventor/co-founders.
  • The company/solution/idea must not have previously received more than $60,000 in total funding (through investment, financing, prizes or grant programs).each one of the stages has additional selection criteria.

Documentation Needed:

Applications will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • The Opportunity – 30%
  • Market Research and Customer Discovery/Validation – 30%
  • Strength of the Applicant/Team – 20%
  • Project Plan and Milestones – 20%

Other Things to Note:

No information since 2020. “Applications for Summer 2020 to be released late March! In the meantime, feel free to include your email address and the DMZ team will email you when applications open.”

Program Contact:

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