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Pace Global Advantage

The DMZ Ryerson

The Next Big Idea Contest

Helping Lithuanian startups go global through an international scale-up contest!

In 2022, DMZ and Pace Global Advantage (PGA) launched a national tech competition in Lithuania. Together, they selected the top 5 tech innovators in Lithuania and one founder from each organization won a trip to Toronto with flights and a one-week stay covered by PGA.

Applications will be accepted until midnight March 25, 2022, EST


Program Start Date: June 13, 2022

The trip was customized to accommodate the requirements of each company and their industry focus. The winners had access to first-rate Entrepreneurs-in-Residence, DMZ Alumni-in-Residence, and legal mentorship provided by Pace Law Firm.

During the one-week program, founders took part in workshops, program-led sessions, expectation-setting events, as well as one-on-one meetings. They learnt about the Canadian tech ecosystem, funding opportunities in Canada, the Canadian legal landscape, and HR practices. They also had multiple meetings with our Entrepreneurs-in-Residence who provided advice on how to best grow their business in North America.

Five chosen founders were flown to Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and received a complimentary six-night hotel room stay.

Founders received a one-week soft landing program focused on expanding into the North American marketplace.

Founders attended workshops and one-on-one sessions hosted by industry experts, entrepreneurs in residence, and alumni in residence at the DMZ.

Founders were to make use of the chance to connect with potential customers and investors.


To Apply, Startups Must Have:

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The DMZ at Ryerson University

The DMZ is a leading startup incubator that supports the next generation of tech entrepreneurs to build, launch, and scale impactful startups. Its customized approach provides connections to customers, coaching, capital, and a community to help innovators reach their next milestone. Through its award-winning programming, the DMZ has assisted over 600 startups in raising $1.40 billion in capital and creating over 4,400 jobs. The DMZ is headquartered in Toronto, Canada, and has globally-accessible programming. It also has a widely-recognized international presence, with offices in Vietnam and India, and partnerships across North America, Latin America, Africa, and Asia.

DMZ Delivers Results


businesses incubated and accelerated


in funding raised


jobs fostered in our community

Pace Global Advantage

PGA is the sister company of Pace Law Firm and was founded in 2009 with the primary goal of providing business facilitation support to the immigration department and serving high net worth investors in Canada. As Canada’s immigration programs evolved, PGA now mainly focuses on serving international businesses who want to enter the North American market and/or apply for the Start-up Visa Immigration Program.