A world-class accelerator with global aspirations

Zone Startups is a global accelerator for startups with strong teams and a vision to become fast-growing market leaders.

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. For high-potential startups, we can provide seed capital and support for future financing efforts.

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.


Matt Saunders

Ryerson Futures / Zone Startups, President

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Alan Lysne

Ryerson Futures / Zone Startups, COO & Managing Partner

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Ajay Ramasubramaniam

Zone Startups India, Director

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Ray Newal

Ryerson Futures, Managing Director

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Joe Martini

Zone Startups Calgary, Director

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Mike Cotton

Zone Startups Sports + Media, Director

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Jam Michael McDonald

Ryerson Futures / Zone Startups, Marketing and Communications Manager

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Startups in the Program


A Toronto-based insurance tech company focused on a simple and powerful experience for clients.

Osprey Informatics

Intelligent visual monitoring for the oil and gas industry.


Offers deals on brands and restaurants, specifically aimed at students in Mumbai.


Delivering real-time and portable water quality analysis to detect heavy metals and other contaminants.


A cloud-based assistant that brings building automation to small and medium-sized property managers.


An online hub that centralizes and simplifies everyday school communications and information management.


A web-based integrated solution to manage customers, sales, and inventory.


Deliver highly-personalized experiences to the right customers, in the right place, at the right time.

Become a Corporate Partner

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