Global Acceleration Hub in Toronto

Jun 09, 2023


  • Canada’s startup ecosystem is currently ranked 4th in the world according to "2023’s Startup Ecosystem Rankings" announced by StartupBlink, which surveys the world's startup ecosystems.

  • For Japanese companies seeking to expand their business in North America, Canada has great advantages in terms of easy access to the United States, competitive talent pools, and lower investment costs for expanding locations in North America.

  • Canada might be called a "Friendly” Silicon Valley since Canada has a less aggressive business culture than the US and an open immigration policy that has resulted in a culturally rich and diverse community.

  • The wider Greater Toronto Area (GTA) population in 2023 is 6.47 million. This makes the GTA the largest metropolitan area in Canada attracting the attention of many international companies, particularly those interested in the innovative advancements being made in the areas of finance, life sciences and advanced manufacturing.

  • The University of Toronto Professor Jeffrey Hinton, known in the AI field as one of the Godfathers of AI, co-founded and became the chief scientific advisor of the Vector Institute in Toronto. His students are associated with technology development and innovation creation in a wide range of fields.

  • Waterloo Region was first made famous by the company BlackBerry and the legacy of innovation in the area continues. The city of Kitchener-Waterloo is often combined with Toronto and their surrounding communities to form the Toronto-Waterloo Corridor - the largest tech cluster in North America outside of Silicon Valley. The area includes more than 15,000 tech companies, including 5,000+ startups, as well as world ranking incubators and accelerators.

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Since 2017, Toronto Global has landed 202 global companies looking to expand to the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). As a not-for-profit investment attraction agency, Toronto Global works with all three levels of the Governments of Canada as well as industry partners to offer complimentary and customized services to growing international companies. From customized market research intelligence to facilitating local connections, Toronto Global supports global companies to make better, informed decisions for their Canadian expansion.


The DMZ is a world-leading startup incubator based at Toronto Metropolitan University that equips the next generation of tech entrepreneurs with the tools needed to build, launch, and scale highly impactful startups. By providing connections to customers, coaching, capital, and a community, the DMZ’s customized approach helps innovators reach the next milestone in their entrepreneurial journey – whatever that might be. Through its award-winning programming, the DMZ has helped more than 790+ startups raise $2.47 billion in capital and create 4,900+ jobs. Headquartered in Toronto, Canada with globally-accessible programming, the DMZ has a widely-recognized international presence with offices in Vietnam, India, and the U.S., and partnerships across North America, Latin America, Africa, and Asia.

Toronto Metropolitan University's DMZ joins JETRO's Global Acceleration Hub as first Canadian incubator partner