The Design Fabrication Zone (DFZ) at Ryerson University is an interdisciplinary incubator for design and fabrication, where emerging entrepreneurs build their ideas. From concept development to three-dimensional prototyping and beyond, the DFZ facilitates the incubation and acceleration of project ideas and strategically propels them towards real-life application and business innovation. To date, the DFZ has attracted 400 entrepreneurs and yielded 140 projects, 85 press articles and 18 commercial businesses.
The zone fosters rich networking opportunities for student and entrepreneur driven initiatives through mentorship, workshops, strategic partnerships and cross-disciplinary collaboration. The DFZ provides access to traditional and digital fabrication technologies, enabling members to prototype and model ideas for testing, evaluating and realizing design concepts.
Greg Smith, Michelle Hounslow, Arlene Gould, Wendy Robertson, Mark Cichy, Andrea Wong, Erik Aquino
Jeremy VandermeijBusiness Strategist
Jeremy is the Business Strategist at the DFZ and the Executive Director of the Toronto Design Offsite Festival.
Previously, he was Director of Marketing and Sponsorship at IIDEXCanada and Creative and Marketing Director at the Gladstone Hotel where he was managing the brand, creating events and exhibitions, driving demand, building social and brand capital, and expanding the cultural content of the institution.
He has worked as a designer for 10 years in marketing, communications, architecture, education and interior design and has been art-making since he was old enough to negotiate tools. His experience includes Co-founder of the Toronto Design Offsite Festival, Curator of Come Up To My Room, Instructor at Ryerson University, and Designer at Roundabout Studio, ALSOP Architects and the Design Exchange.
He is available for public speaking engagements.