Abdullah Snobar is the Executive Director of the DMZ at Ryerson University, responsible for its strategic direction and continued growth.
Abdullah Snobar is the Executive Director of the DMZ at Ryerson University, responsible for the strategic direction and continued growth of the DMZ in Toronto, nationally and internationally. Under his leadership the DMZ has been ranked the number one university incubator in North America and third in the world by UBI Global. Abdullah is responsible for driving the DMZ’s key priorities forward: providing innovative and customized support for startups, increasing business development and market expansion opportunities, and fostering stronger local and international community partnerships. In his previous roles as the Director of Community and Business Development, Abdullah spearheaded the creation of an Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EiR) program, set the strategic direction for building industry, government and international partnerships and established stronger connections with incubators and accelerators.
On International Women's Day, when countless statistics will be cited and discussed to highlight how far we've come towards gender equality, there's one number that keeps me awake at night. Twenty-one. Despite our best efforts as an incubator for tech startups in Canada, only 21 per cent of our founders are women.
Automation -the replacement of humans with technology- is everywhere. It's impacting our day-to-day lives, usually in ways we barely notice. Grocery store self-checkouts or the map app on your phone a...
We need youth to think of entrepreneurship as a career option long before reaching post-secondary. Scandinavian countries are at the forefront of this shift, with entrepreneurship and innovation taught at every education level and as a cross-curricular skill rather than a stand-alone course.
Ask an American to name an entrepreneur and odds are names like Mark Zuckerberg, Mike Dell and Larry Page will roll off their tongue. When asked to name up to five high-profile entrepreneurs, a third of Canadians could not name a single one. Why is that?
As we shift from a resource-based economy to a market rooted in innovation, companies are increasingly looking to the startup ecosystem to remain competitive. It's no longer simply about trading on their cool factor; corporations want to gain a deep understanding of the culture of collaboration and partnership that drives startups' success.