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Hussam Ayyad
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Hussam Ayyad
Senior Director, Programs and Partnerships, DMZ
Hussam Ayyad joined the DMZ – the number one university based accelerator in North America
and third in the world – as Director of Startup Services in June 2016. Since then he has been
promoted to Senior Director of Programs and Partnerships where he manages, the
organization's renowned entrepreneur programs and directs corporate, community and business
He leads a team that oversees the DMZ’s exclusive startup resources and programs, investor
relations as well as business development, both nationally and internationally. This
all-encompassing portfolio means he works closely with an ever-growing roster of high-growth
startups and plays a pivotal role in helping them scale their business.
Prior to joining the DMZ, he worked at Waterloo-based Communitech as Startup Services Group
Manager where he advised, coached and supported more than 100 technology startups. In this
position, he directed its customer acquisition and strategic partnership programs, which
provided growth opportunities for both entrepreneurs and high-growth tech ventures.
Prior to his position at Communitech, Hussam held a variety of business leadership roles within
the banking and IT sector. They range from working as a web developer and system analyst at
Sun Life Toronto and the Commercial Bank of Dubai, respectively, to leading startup growth at
Algéro Canadian Metals, a successful multimillion dollar commodity trading and shipping
company that he co-founded.
His bachelor of software engineering from Western University and master of business
entrepreneurship and technology (MBET) from the University of Waterloo has provided him with
the technical skills needed to thrive in the changing world of tech. As an entrepreneur and
experienced business executive, he uses knowledge and experience gained through two
decades in the technology sector to help Canadian startups reach new heights.
Make sure to follow Hussam online:
Twitter: @hwayyad
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