The Zone Startups is a new, India-based incubator for entrepreneurs to fast-track their startups and connect with mentors, customers and investors. The collaboration between BIL, Ryerson and Ryerson Futures lays the groundwork to help young entrepreneurs expand into both the Indian and Canadian markets and also touches on a broad spectrum of areas in the domain of entrepreneurship development and professional development education.
Zone Startups is located in the Bombay Stock Exchange tower in Mumbai, our current space accommodates over 55 desk and houses 15 startups. ZoneStartups Program is operated in a similar manner to the Digital Media Zone at Ryerson, Canada’s largest Incubator with over 75 companies and 40,000 square feet of space. We focus on validating early stage technology by focussing on early acquisition of customers.
A Founders First focussed technology incubator and accelerator program
The Zone Startups India has a fertile collaborative culture strategically designed to propel learning and generate success. Entrepreneurs are from diverse academic disciplines, backgrounds and business stages. Giving and receiving value from one another is essential to our model. And our buzzy downtown location makes networking and industry partnerships easier than ever.
Most incubators have set terms for everything from admissions and team size to length of stay and equity asks. The Zone Startups is flexible and inclusive. Companies can enter at different stages through a variety of supported pathways. They can remain and grow here until they feel ready to move on. And equity exchanges for eligible companies are optional.
The Zone Startups is an evolving success story, with remarkable results in its short history and an extremely promising future. It responds to the needs of students, industry, entrepreneurs, the Indian marketplace and the local community. The Zone Startups is building both Mumbai’s and India’s future as a global hub of innovation and economic development.
The great knowledge and ideas coming out of the DMZ drive industry forward and push the boundaries of what is possible. —Paul Godfrey, CEO, Postmedia Network