Announcing the First Damage Labs Cohort

The Damage Labs Studio Startup jury has finalized its selections, and we’re excited to announce the founders and studios who will be part of our first cohort!

Cohort 1 Studios/Founders

  • Astromedia/Spacekatz
  • Ekosi Games
  • Helen Cheng
  • Killjoy Games Inc.
  • LANE Digital
  • Paloma Dawkins
  • Quill Studios
  • Plus 3 stealth-mode studios

The participating studios will be sharing more about their teams and projects in the coming weeks.

Our jury – made up of the Damage Labs team, plus Adaora Ogbue, Brie Code, and Ngardy Conteh George – met to discuss every studio that applied, and had great one-on-one conversations with the shortlist pool before making our final selections. We learned so much about the needs and dreams of indie studios through this process, so we are actively working on plans to expand the program in 2021 to support more founders.

We received more than 60 eligible applications from across Canada, every single one deserving of support. Our priority through the selection process was to form a cohesive cohort that represents a wide variety of approaches, geographies, identities and ideas. We all have so much to share, and so much to learn from each other.

Damage Labs is made possible with the support of the Canadian Women’s Foundation Investment Readiness Program, funded by the Government of Canada and is supported by Ontario Creates.

About DMG

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Founded in 2012, DMG teaches computing skills for artistic expression, offers production and exhibition facilities, and provides community support for the creation of new artworks. The DMG space in Toronto’s West Queen West neighborhood is a community hub engaging creators and the public with the expressive potential of this medium.

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