About the Competition

N100 is a Startup Competition led by Northumberland CFDC in partnership with Spark Centre and a high-level Power Panel. Startups compete for $100,000 in early-stage investment capital through a series of three Rounds: the Pitch, Business Planning and Negotiation. N100 addresses the pre-Angel funding gap in Ontario by providing seed capital to innovation-driven enterprises that will establish a presence and impact in Northumberland. Read more.

Registration for N100 2014 is now closed.

What people are saying about N100

The Northumberland CFDC N100 competition was invaluable in helping us hone our business plan, our pitch, and ultimately get our product to market faster.” Leor Grebler, Co-Founder and CEO, Unified Computer Intelligence Corporation (makers of the Ubi and winners of N100 2013).

Beyond the skyscrapers and freeways of the Toronto region, entrepreneurs in Eastern Ontario are gearing up for a new initiative in local business. N100 is giving businesses in Eastern Ontario a jump start, but it’s also blazing trails for opportunities in other smaller urban centres.” Techvibes. 

Might the next Silicon Valley North be in Eastern Ontario? It will be if the Northumberland Community Futures Development Corporation and Spark Centre, the local regional innovation centre, have their way.” IT Business Canada. 

Will Vancouver be the Silicon Valley of Canada? Maybe Kitchener-Waterloo is the best candidate for SV North. What about Northumberland, Ontario? The Northumberland Community Futures Development Corporation (CDFC) thinks the small town one hour East of Toronto has a good chance at becoming a startup hotspot—and it’s setting its sights on innovation-driven startups.” PROFITguide. 

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Northumberland Community Development Corporation


Northumberland Community Futures Development Corporation (Northumberland CFDC) is an independent business development corporation dedicated to providing financing and strategy for entrepreneurs. A member of the CVCA – Canada’s Venture Capital and Private Equity Association, Northumberland CFDC is governed by a volunteer board of directors and staffed with business professionals delivering an array of entrepreneurial development and finance programs. Operational funding is provided by the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario. Accelerating the growth and impact of technology startups and innovative small and medium-sized enterprises, Northumberland CFDC also runs the annual $100,000 N100 Startup Competition and the Gaming and Entrepreneurship Lab (GEL) at IDEAHUB, Northumberland’s business incubator.

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Spark Centre

ONE - Ontario Network of Entrepeneurs

Spark Centre helps start and grow innovative technology-based companies in Durham Region and Northumberland County, helping startup companies find the best path to market, and surrounding them with the tools, people and connections they need to get there faster. Spark Centre also helps existing companies develop relationships and create strategies that can drive faster growth.

Spark Centre is the place where entrepreneurs, innovators, investors, researchers and students come together to exchange ideas, help each other succeed, and form an innovation ecosystem that creates jobs and wealth in our regions. Created by the Durham Strategic Energy Alliance (DSEA), Spark Centre is one of fourteen not-for-profit Regional Innovation Centres (RICs) that form part of the Ontario Network of Entrepeneurs (ONE).

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