Gateway is a market access program to allow thriving startup founders entry into the Indian market. The program is focused on market validation and customer acquisition accelerator programming which includes valuable meetings with prospective customers and partners and mentorship by advisors with expertise in the local startup community.

Founders will be welcomed at Zone Startups India, a top accelerator program based in Mumbai. Zone Startups India has accelerated nearly 150 companies and is a key player in the local startup ecosystem.

Gateway is a collaboration between Toronto-based joint accelerators DMZ Ventures and Zone Startups, the Government of India, and the Government of Canada.

Program Highlights


Airfare and accommodation for one founder from Canada to Mumbai.


Market validation and customer acquisition programming for the local Indian market.


Introductions to mentors and advisors with expertise in the startups industry.


Meetings with prospective customers and partners.


Invitations to local events to pitch their solution to broader ecosystem stakeholders.


Visa support letter addressed to the Indian embassy/consulate in Canada to facilitate visa approvals.


Meetings with our team in India and local government officials to understand the process to operate in India.


Access to our marketing, communications, and PR support.

Our first Gateway cohort has already been chosen, but applications are still open for cohort 2, scheduled for October 2020.

About DMZ Ventures and Zone Startups

DMZ Ventures operates corporate accelerator programs focused on growing and investing in early-stage technology companies. DMZV's programs include Zone Startups Calgary in partnership with GE and TELUS, Zone Startups Sports + Media in partnership with Rogers, Zone Startups Vietnam in partnership with VinaCapital among others, and Zone Startups India including programs with the Shell Foundation and Sodexo. Since 2013, DMZV companies have raised over $700MM in external financing. For more information about DMZ Ventures, visit

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