Become a Member The DFZ does not charge membership fees, take royalties, profits or revenues from incubated startups. Applications for standard and affiliate memberships on an ongoing basis. Members include Ryerson students, alumni, and entrepreneurs from the wider community who are paired with mentors or other members to complete design/fabrication projects including commercial products/prototypes and services, tech startup companies, design businesses, installations and exhibitions, and competitions. To learn more about the resources, space and technology available to members click here. Apply Now Member Benefits Experiential Learning Hands-on design fabrication experience enriched by industry mentors, technicians and peers. Technology Access to state-of-the-art and traditional fabrication technologies, enhanced with training and workshops. Fabrication + Office Space Access to fabrication spaces and shared office space. Networking Opportunities Connect with institutional and industry partners, professionals, cultural institutions and more. Media Recognition Exposure, publicity and press coverage at industry and academic events. Access to Awards and Funding Opportunities through industry, government and institutional grants, funding and awards. Application Details Standard Membership Applicants Must Have an innovative idea Have the capacity to complete the project within one year (negotiable for larger projects) If you are applying as a Ryerson student you must have a specific design project, entrepreneurial venture or research proposal that falls outside of your current curricular offerings. Your idea should look to advance design, fabrication innovation and/or entrepreneurship. Standard Membership Application Process The application process takes approximately three weeks. Complete the below Online Application Form and allow two weeks for the DFZ team to review Suitable applicants will be contacted to schedule a pitch meeting where they will have the opportunity to present their proposal to the DFZ team The DFZ will contact applicants with a notice of acceptance or rejection Affiliate Membership Information Join the DFZ as an Affiliate Member and build your knowledge and skill set by participating in DFZ workshops, talks and networking events. Affiliate Members gain opportunities to assist on DFZ member-initiated projects and DFZ-initiated projects. Affiliates develop design and fabrication expertise by working with project leaders, mentors, DFZ Staff, technicians and other members on exciting DFZ projects. Affiliates are credited on DFZ media for any contributions they make. Apply to become a DFZ Affiliate Member here. Standard Member Application Form Referral*Tell us how you found out about us.Referred by another ZoneExternal EventDFZ EventAcademic ReferralSocial MediaExisting MemberOtherYour Name* First Last Phone*Email* Relationship to Ryerson*StudentAlumNot currently a Ryerson student or alumCompany or Project Name*Website Project Type*Please choose the option that best describes your proposed project. Tech StartupWearable Tech StartupProduct DesignEmerging Design PracticeInstallationExperimental Fabrication ProjectAdditional Team Members*Do you have team members/colleagues in addition to yourself?Yes, I have additional team members.No, I do not have additional team members.Additional Team Members*Please provide the first and last names and email addresses of your team/colleagues. AffiliationsPlease indicate whether you are or have been affiliated with any of the following: Note: Those involved with more than one zone must choose a Primary Zone for their project/company. DMZ Fashion Zone Centre for Urban Energy Clean Energy Zone Transmedia Zone Social Ventures Zone iBoost Legal Innovation Zone Science Discovery Zone BioMedical Zone Other Affiliation Project Overview*Please provide an executive summary of your proposed design/fabrication project/startup.Design/Fabrication Innovation*How does your proposed project/startup advance design and fabrication?Proposed Project Start Date* Proposed Project End Date* Experience in Digital Fabrication*None0-1 Year2-3 Years4+ YearsExperience with 3D Modeling Software*None0-1 Year2-3 Years4+ YearsProject Outcome*Please outline what you intend to accomplish during your DFZ tenure. Funding*How are you funding your startup/project? Please list any crowdfunds, grants and/or awards you have received thus far. Business PlanIf you are applying to the DFZ as a business venture (tech startup, product designer, design practice, etc.) please attach a Business Model Canvas. Drop files here or Accepted file types: pdf, jpg, gif, png. Space, Material and Fabrication Requirements* Access to fabrication equipment Assembly space Storage space Materials Meeting space Personal work/desk space Required Fabrication Equipment CNC Router Laser Cutters 3D Printer Vacuum Former Wood Shop Mentor(s)*Please provide the name(s) of your existing mentor(s), if any.ReferencesPlease provide academic/professional references. CV/ResumePlease upload your current CV/resume in pdf format. Accepted file types: pdf.