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Real-world experience

You don’t have to wait until you graduate to gain career-ready skills and experience to put on your resume.

Zone Learning is for anyone who wants to get practical experience in what it takes to build an initiative/venture from the ground-up. You can initiate your own projects or contribute to existing ventures involving faculty, business and community partners. Zones can also help graduate students collaborate with potential users on highly practical applications of their research.

Members develop valuable skills through workshops and bootcamps, add to resumes or portfolios with real-world experience that employers look for, or even graduate with their own startups. Participants in Zone Learning work at the forefront of emerging markets to develop new products, explore innovative solutions, or embark on ventures to change the world.

10 zones to put your learning into action

75+ courses in entrepreneurship

DMZ top-ranked university incubator in the world


funding raised

300+ startups incubated each year

3800+ jobs created in the past 5 years

John MacRitchie, Assistant Vice-President, Zone Learning and Strategic Initiatives

The Assistant Vice-President, Zone Learning and Strategic Initiatives strengthens the links of Ryerson’s 10 zones to the core education and research missions of the university, and scales the experiential learning benefits for students by integrating zone learning into the classroom.