Matthew Saunders

Matthew oversees Ryerson Futures Inc. (RFI), an accelerator for early stage companies connected to the Digital Media Zone at Ryerson University. RFI, through a fund it manages called DMZ Investments, invests seed capital into companies with exceptional founding teams and helps them develop and take their products to market through an extensive global network.

Matthew has over 17 years’ experience as an entrepreneur and executive working with various companies in the technology and service-based sectors. He brings operations, finance, business development and strategic planning experience. Matthew has held progressively senior roles that have focused on managing the day to day operations and finance of companies in the following sectors: hardware/software; telecommunications; HR; and marketing and communications.

Matthew was a founder and co-CEO of NRG Group which he ran between 1997 and 2001. During this period, NRG raised over $30M in financing (including NRG’s IPO) and invested in several startups and early stage Internet-based operating companies.

Matthew has an undergraduate degree in Marketing and Management, and an MBA from Northeastern University.