Ryerson University Announces Fellowships for Indian Students

Six students from India will have the opportunity to take their digital ideas to Toronto, Canada and explore the potential for creating businesses as the result of a new program at Ryerson University’s dynamic Digital Media Zone (DMZ).

Ryerson President Dr. Sheldon Levy today announced the fellowship program with the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry during a speech at the IIT Delhi. Dr. Levy is concluding a trip to India where he is furthering existing relationships between Ryerson and Indian universities and building new ones.

The Ryerson DMZ Fellowship program is offering six fellowships, valued at approximately Rs. 595,000 each ($12,500 CDN), supporting the students for a four-month term in Toronto with an emphasis on entrepreneurship and innovation in the digital economy.

Students selected for the fellowships will have the opportunity to be a part of Ryerson’s hub for student digital entrepreneurs, the Digital Media Zone.

“When you have an international exchange of ideas, great things happen,” said Dr. Levy. “This is a wonderful opportunity to bring together some of the best, brightest and most entrepreneurial students from India and Canada with the goal of shaping new digital businesses.”

Ryerson University is Canada’s leader in innovative, career-oriented education, offering more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs.

Opened in April 2010, Ryerson University’s Digital Media Zone (DMZ) is a multidisciplinary workspace for young entrepreneurs infused with the energy and resources of downtown Toronto. Set atop Yonge-Dundas Square, this hub of digital media innovation, collaboration and commercialization is home to both entrepreneurial startups and industry solution-providers. With access to overhead and business services, students and alumni can fast-track their product launches, stimulating Canada’s emerging digital economy through spending and job creation. Since its launch the DMZ has helped more than 170 innovators to incubate and accelerate 29 startups and to launch 57 projects.

For more information on the DMZ, visit www.ryerson.ca/dmz.

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