We are a hands-on, community-focused incubator that supports innovative storytelling across entertainment media platforms. We accept teams four times a year, in a cohort-based system. Our approach is bespoke. Newly accepted teams receive their own customized incubation roadmap that is designed to work alongside the needs of others in the same cohort. We’ve designed a holistic, creator-first exclusive program series crafted to help you take your project to the next level, covering essential topics including story structure, design thinking, lean startup, financing, pitching, discoverability, PR, and so much more, borrowing the best from the business world, and adapting it to make sense for creative pursuits.
For projects with a specific focus on either music or kids' content, we also have two internal incubators, the Music Den and the Children's Media Lab that provide specialized support in these areas.
Storytellers, creators, artists and innovators with a strong, unique and authentic point of view, and a clear mission and desire to see your project from concept to completion. You are beyond the "napkin" stage: you have a clear idea and a prototype that helps us see your vision (a creative treatment; scripts; storyboards; a video; demo etc.) You must be currently engaged in, and actively pursuing your field. You have an entrepreneurial mindset and want to make your mark on the world.
“Innovation” in our context means:
You pitch. You’re accepted. You meet the TMZ crew, the members of your cohort, as well as established TMZ residents. You meet your strategic advisor, set your milestones and receive your first incubation roadmap. At the end of your third month, you re-pitch and share your progress. We decide together whether there is a continued fit between what we offer and what you need. You stay. You receive a new roadmap for the next 6 months. At the end of your next six months, we re-evaluate again, together.
The Transmedia Zone is a competitive incubator and accepts only four to five new projects each pitch cycle. The first three months of membership are on us. At month 4 and beyond, we charge a highly subsidized monthly membership fee per team. You can view our rates here. Current students never pay a fee, and discounts apply to recent grads, Ryerson alumni, and outside teams that employ Ryerson students.
We value innovation in storytelling and the creative industries and seek out exceptional projects that push boundaries and could hold their own anywhere in the world.
It’s all about the story. What’s yours? Regardless of platform or format, we prioritize projects that are telling new tales, reinventing old ones, or finding new and exciting ways to share them. Storytelling is what makes us human.
Inquisitive, inspirational, passionate, courageous and crazy. We value a mindset that isn’t afraid to try new things, to fail and get back up again. Entrepreneurs are results driven and seek to create successful outcomes for themselves, their partners and their audiences.
Human centred-design. We value projects and teams whose mindset is about solving real problems for real users. We encourage teams to put themselves in their audiences’ shoes at every stage of their process, and to seek their feedback to ensure that what comes out on the other end is desirable and delightful.
We value self-starters who take initiative and want to soak up the most of an opportunity. We know that those who show up and actively participate get more out of their time in our zone.
This is not a clique. It’s a club where all are welcome. We prioritize teams that contribute to our inclusive, open and safe community and actively and enthusiastically give of themselves to share ideas, experience, space and advice with one another. We work hard to ensure that our community is gender equitable, and that it is representative of the diverse cultural mosaic that is Canada. As a University Incubator we also value providing meaningful learning opportunities for students.
The Transmedia Zone at The Creative Innovation Studio provides a complete list of resources to help build your business and/or project: