Social Innovation, Zones and Community-based Experiential Learning
The university champions innovation and entrepreneurship, and encourages its students to explore their ideas for challenging the status quo. Ryerson recognizes that there are many kinds of innovators. Some people innovate for commercial reasons; others advocate new thinking and approaches designed to create positive social change – some do both. Ryerson also recognizes the importance of excellence and innovation in community-based learning experiences for students to enhance connections between learning and the community.
- As conventional media flounders, Facebook, Ryerson and DMZ team up to back news startups
The Digital News Innovation Challenge is a three-way partnership between Facebook Inc., Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone (DMZ) and the Ryerson School of Journalism that will give five chosen startups five rigorous months of incubating, training and funding to help manage digital disruption in Canada’s news sector.
- Canadian medtech needs more early-stage funding
Canada has fostered a strong and growing domestic incubator culture, both on university campuses, where programs like the University of Toronto’s Health Innovation Hub (H2i) and the Biomedical Zone (BMZ), a joint partnership between Ryerson University and St. Michael’s Hospital, help fledgling medical technology entrepreneurs get their companies off the ground.
- Making science come alive
IdeaMosaic, a startup at Ryerson’s Science Discovery Zone, creates immersive educational experiences.
- How the Internet is changing elections
Facebook, Twitter and other social media giants have altered the way political campaigns are run. Sam Jeffers, a visiting global fellow with the Ryerson Leadership Lab, will visit the DMZ to lead a workshop that will show how the Internet has changed politics, as well as the new threats it poses to democracy.
- Equity in the sciences: "Enough talking, more action"
How can science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) sectors better foster equity, diversity and inclusivity (EDI)? The Faculty of Science and the Canadian Science Policy Centre hosted a roundtable meeting with 44 stakeholders from various sectors earlier this year to share their experiences and perspectives. The findings and recommendations were unveiled at an event October 12 at the Sandbox by DMZ.
- Ontario challenges legal technology firms to use artificial intelligence
The Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General and the Legal Innovation Zone (LIZ) at Ryerson are sponsoring the Ontario AI Legal Challenge. There is $80,000 in seed funding to be won by Ontario-based technology companies that can apply artificial intelligence (AI) to legal innovation.
- $500-million Netflix deal anchors Canada’s culture plan
Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly announced the creation of a digital news incubator at Ryerson, which will be supported by Facebook, and a new Creative Industries Council, co-chaired by Joly and Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains. The “Creative Canada” roadmap is meant to support Canadian creative industries, but critics argue it’s too thin and avoids key questions
- Business students moonlight as startup entrepreneurs
To the usual back-to-school checklist, some postsecondary business students add something extra: running a startup while going to class. The Digital Media Zone at Ryerson is prominently featured in this Globe and Mail article
- BMO’s new digital services help businesses bank from home
The bank’s head of business banking says BMO spends a lot of time working with accelerators and emerging companies to ensure that we’re leveraging the newest fintech (financial technology) ideas that are coming out. He calls Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone a world-class accelerator.
- The Accessibility Project
Through a collaboration between The Chang School, DMZ and Sandbox, the new Accessibility Project was developed. The project is a community and grant program that offers funding opportunities up to $25,000 to develop, commercialize, and grow innovative ideas, products and solutions for people with disabilities and aging populations.
- Toronto school officer program to be reviewed by Ryerson University
Toronto’s police services board has approved a review of a controversial program that places police officers in certain schools in the city. The board voted to review the School Resource Officer program, with the assessment to be carried out by researchers at Ryerson.
- How to be a student entrepreneur
Is it possible to be a student while also running a thriving business? That’s the case with two students at the Ted Rogers School of Management.
- Toronto not-for-profit soccer startup helps new Canadians integrate
STADIUM is part of an entrepreneurship program that was incubated in the Ryerson Social Ventures Zone. While all are welcome to join, many who take part are new Canadians.
- Greenspace Raises $1.4 Million Seed Round for Mental Health Platform
Greenspace is part of The Biomedical Zone, the only physician-led, hospital-based health technology incubator in Canada. The Biomedical Zone is a partnership between Ryerson University and St. Michael’s Hospital.
- University honoured as social entrepreneurship leader at Oxford
Ryerson receives Global Higher Education Institution of the Year award at an international innovation conference. Ryerson has made a global impact with its zone learning network: its 10 zones have fostered more than 400 companies, 25 per cent of which are social impact ventures.
- University recognized for excellence in entrepreneurship
Ryerson prides itself in having entrepreneurship in its DNA. That holistic approach was celebrated on June 13, when Ryerson received the Entrepreneurial University Award at the Deshpande Symposium Awards.
- Ryerson's Digital Media Zone opening New York City location
It aims to give Canadian start-ups a launching pad to the U.S. market, without losing them to New York City or Silicon Valley.
- House of Anesi reinvents the bra
The startup was one of this year’s winners of the Norman Esch Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship Awards, a competition run by the Centre for Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CEIE) that supports Ryerson engineering and architectural science students with financial assistance for their inventions, technologies and startups.
- BMO Launches Fintech Accelerator at DMZ
BMO Financial Group and the DMZ at Ryerson University are extending their partnership in the form of the DMZ-BMO Fintech Accelerator. The goal of the program is to foster innovation and growth for financial technology startups and identify ideas BMO can integrate and scale.
- Millennials well positioned for future
Integrating work experience into the post-secondary curriculum has gone a step further, with many Canadian universities establishing technology incubators to foster young entrepreneurial talent. Three such incubators were in the top 20 in global rankings in 2015, with Toronto's Ryerson University topping the North American list.
- OneEleven scales up
OneEleven, Canada's largest scale-up innovation hub, recently held its grand opening of a 250,000-square-foot expansion, with special guest Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Launched in 2013, the hub helps Canada's most promising high-growth startups commercialize their technologies and scale their operations with Ryerson as the founding educational partner.
- What it’s like to pitch a business
Ryerson entrepreneurs win funding and training from Sheldon and Tracy Levy Aspiring Innovators Fellows Program. Created in partnership with Ryerson Zone Learning and the Brookfield Institute, the program fosters student entrepreneurship with $5,000 in funding and training at Ryerson Basecamp.
- Canada is North America’s up-and-coming startup center
Universities across the country have worked to provide space and support for startups to grow, too. In 2010, Ryerson University founded the Digital Media Zone (DMZ), a combined incubator/accelerator program that has assisted more than 130 companies.
- Ryerson’s DMZ incubator creates Playbook, a sales accelerator program for startups
Featuring LiveGauge, one of six DMZ at Ryerson teams selected for the pilot of a newly created Playbook sales accelerator program for tech startups, which DMZ officially announced today.
- Biomedical Zone fosters student/clinician collaboration
Ryerson and St. Michael’s Hospital team up to develop novel health-care solutions
- Startups get $25,000 boost from Slaight New Venture Competition
Two Ryerson-based startups each received $25,000 in funding at this year’s Slaight New Venture Competition. Now in its 15th year, the competition, held at the Ted Rogers School of Management, gives crucial aid to young entrepreneurs to bring innovative, viable business ideas to the market.
- The Office of Zone Learning launches portal
The Zone Learning portal features events, funding opportunities, mentors, resources, success stories and more from all 10 zones in Ryerson’s ecosystem. The portal will keep the community connected by encouraging engagement among current and prospective zone members.
- Ryerson in India
Ryerson President Mohamed Lachemi was part of Toronto Mayor John Tory's trade mission to India and Sri Lanka, where they visited Zone Startups India and met the winning startups of the Next Big Idea contest. Lachemi and Tory also rang the opening bell at the Bombay Stock Exchange.
- A new way to charge your electric vehicle
Clean Energy Zone startup seeks to revolutionize charging stations. The Centre for Urban Energy at Ryerson is home to Electrefy, a startup created by Ryerson Electrical Engineering grads.
- JamStack creator finally hits the right chords with his smartphone guitar amp
Mentions the entrepreneur who is working with mentors and potential investors through Ryerson’s Transmedia Zone incubator.
- What are incubators and will they help your startup business succeed?
Metroland Media interviews Hussam Ayyad, director of startup services at the DMZ to get the run down on incubators for startups.
- What drives millennial entrepreneurs?
The number of millennials who choose the path of entrepreneurship is growing, and more of them are pursuing the passions that drive them according to a study conducted in partnership with Ryerson-based startup Steadfast Beta.
- How to pay your mortgage in three years
Business management alum Sean Cooper tackles fiscal responsibility in new book.
- The DMZ launches ‘Sandbox’
- The DMZ has launched its community arm, Sandbox, a space offering free programs that provide creative, digital and entrepreneurial skills for Ryerson students. Sandbox is the latest on-campus destination for innovative community and career development, and the space is also open to individuals in the Greater Toronto Area.
- The Sandbox by DMZ volunteer program is a series of learning opportunities that will engage Ryerson students to pursue their own ideas.
- Armed with a wealth of ideas, about two-dozen young coders tried to solve the technology troubles of three Toronto charities, all within only 24 hours. The Social Good Hackathon kicked off Friday morning at Ryerson’s Sandbox work space in what was formerly called the school’s Digital Media Zone.
- Ryerson was the winner of the first National BTM Student Case Competition. The competition asked participating post-secondary student teams from Business Technology Management programs across the country to perform a case study analyzing recommendations for smarter web analytics product offerings for a high-end, invite-only digital branding firm. The competition challenged students to apply their IT and business training to a real-world situation they might face as BTM professionals.
- Toronto man invents Netflix-like service for visually impaired
Ryerson alumnus is the founder of TellMe TV, a program offering audio description for movies and television shows. With the support of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, Shaw launched TellMe TV. Described as Netflix for the visually impaired, the service offers rich audio description for popular films, documentaries and television shows.
- The DMZ and Ryerson’s Zone Startups win at the 2016 FinTech Awards
Ryerson wins two awards for its support of financial technology incubation and acceleration
- Fuelling international startups
Ryerson Future's Zone Startups program helps international innovators to expand in Indian market. The program, called Gateway91, will be run by Zone Startups India (ZSI), an international startup accelerator affiliated with Ryerson University.
- New Ryerson council of business leaders aims to boost entrepreneurship in Canada
Ryerson University’s DMZ startup incubator is launching a blue-chip advisory council with the lofty goal of solving Canada’s entrepreneurial problems.
- Teens develop app to teach blind children Braille
A group of Aurora teens has developed – with help from the DMZ – an app to teach blind children how to read Braille.
- Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship Celebrates Official Launch
New policy-focused institute brings together a rich network of thought leaders and experts
- Indian fellows gain momentum for Momentify
Four students from India’s National Institute of Design arrived at Ryerson with ideas for startups. Four months later they not only developed their own business ideas, but also launched a new venture together.
- Solar startup finds the power
Electrical Engineering students, the founders of a solar energy startup based at the Innovation Centre for Urban Energy (iCUE), helped develop smart power electronics and charge controllers for the solar industry, with the aim of promoting clean energy and making solar power more affordable and efficient.
- $8-million gift from Jack Cockwell and Brookfield Partners Foundation supports innovation
Most recent donation supports the Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Ryerson, inspiring the entrepreneurs who will be the drivers of our emerging economy
Ryerson is Canada's first Ashoka Changemaker campus
- Zone Learning
Students turning great ideas into reality
- Canada should make clear it will welcome the world: Editorial
Toronto Star editorial gives kudos to Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone for coming up with a smart way to hit back at Donald Trump’s travel ban on Muslim-majority countries.
- Come, experiment at the new Science Discovery Zone
The Science Discovery Zone at Ryerson offers space for students to be innovative and benefit from mentoring. The zone opened recently under the guidance of the Office of Zone Learning and the Faculty of Science.
- Business Innovation Hub to join zone-learning ecosystem
Ted Rogers School of Management and CIBC Mellon are collaborating to launch the Business Innovation Hub — and transform the business education experience for university students. Five Ryerson students (from accounting to environmental biology) and five CIBC Mellon employees will bring their talents, experiences and enthusiasm to identify key challenges that the financial institution is facing and come up with out-of-the-box, innovative solutions – as equal partners.
- How Israel Made Startups A National Priority
Key takeaways from someone invited by the incubator, DMZ, as part of a group of 30 executives from prominent Fintech, technology, and financial companies in Toronto who travelled to Israel as part of a trade mission with the Mayor of Toronto. Their goal was to learn what the Israelis are doing differently when it comes to startups and innovation and how similar models can be implemented in Toronto.
- #DMZSession says governments can’t keep up with automation taking over workforces
#DMZSession invited panelists who could provide perspectives on how artificial intelligence will affect businesses, the implications of automation on the job market and emerging developments in robotics.
- Transforming the radical into possible
Zone learning is built to prepare students for the workplace of the 21st century by working on real projects, causes, companies or startups. The 10-zone network offers Ryerson students the chance to experience real-world problem solving, learn new skills, and gain tangible experience.
- Canada should make clear it will welcome the world: Editorial
- Change the world: Faculty of Community Services
Social innovation and entrepreneurship for a better planet
- Community Engaged Learning Programs and initiatives: Faculty of Arts
Ryerson's model of education integrating theory and practice
Entrepreneurship in Action
- An entrepreneurial approach to Egypt’s water crisis
Enactus Ryerson brings much-needed water filtration system to Egypt
- Two teams of Toronto students give up holidays to help locals in India, Egypt
Two teams of students from Ryerson spent much of their winter break in villages in India and Egypt, teaching locals how to build and sell affordable water filters. The goal was to help improve access to clean water while also providing local residents with an entrepreneurial education that can kickstart individual businesses.
- Enactus Ryerson wins big at Central Regional Exposition
In October 2015, students from Enactus Ryerson travelled to the Peruvian village of Pisac to help build a sustainable business with a local school. On March 10, 2017, Project Sacred Valley won the Scotiabank Youth Empowerment Challenge at the Enactus Central Regional Exposition.
- An entrepreneurial approach to Egypt’s water crisis
- SAGE Canada
Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship