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Scoring Has Begun.

N100 2018 Semi-finalists will be announced the last week of August, 2018.

Past Winners: UCIC - Linkitz - Qoints - PinPress - Ambience Data

Welcome to N100 Evolution

Northumberland, Ontario, Canada’s biennial open invitational
$250,000 technology startup competition.

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Northumberland Community Futures Development Corporation
DeltaV         ImpactCentre         Spark Centre         UOIT
Mathworks        CCO Productions         Budgeto         Reviewr

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About N100

What is N100?

Northumberland, Ontario, Canada’s annual open invitational and biennial $250,000 technology startup competition.

N100 Evolution

New this year: we’ve taken the competition from $100,000 to $250,000. We’re officially biennial. N100 is at Venture13 in Cobourg. CCO Productions is sponsoring a $2,500 N100 Audience Choice – Best Pitch Award. And the intrepid Ji Ke from HAX has joined our corps of N100 Advisors.

2018 Timeline

Call goes out May 17. Apply by July 13. Top 8 Semi-Finalists compete in the N100 Pitch Contest September 13. Top 3 Finalists present investment proposals October 17. Winner(s) announced in November.

Who should compete?

Founder teams that get things done, high growth potential and technology-driven enterprises that will have a presence and impact in Northumberland.

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Why N100?


Compete to secure up to $250,000 in the form of the N100 convertible note and position your startup for follow-on investment. Get your company onto a solid venture capital track with N100 Evolution.


Finalists receive free one-year software licenses from our official sponsors: MathWorks (MATLAB, Simulink and all other products with full technical support) and Budgeto (easy to use budgeting software for startups).


Gain valuable insight and feedback from the N100 Power Panel and Advisors and from Northumberland CFDC.


Hone your pitch and investment proposal at N100 Pitch School with DeltaV, the Impact Centre and our N100 Advisors, and advance your business through a competitive gauntlet.


You could take home a special $2,500 cash prize with the Audience Choice – Best Pitch Award, new this year and sponsored by CCO Productions.


Join us at the Venture13 in Cobourg and take advantage of everything Northumberland CFDC and our community has to offer, including: fibre connection, 24/7 secure access, a fully-equipped MakerLab and collaborative workspace in the V13 VentureZone.


Benefit from concurrent entrepreneurial development along the way from Northumberland CFDC, the Impact Centre, Spark Centre, DeltaV and Two Rings Media, our N100 Advisors the N100 Power Panel—whether you ultimately win or not.

Overview of the N100 Process

Applications for N100 2018 are now closed.

The next biennial edition of N100 starts up again in 2020.


44 Startups Apply to N100 Evolution

I am officially reporting that we have received the highest number of applications since N100 began in 2013, that is, 44 in all! The quality and competitiveness is outstanding and we would like to thank all of the startups who accepted this year’s challenge. Here are some statistical highlights from this stellar group of 2018 N100 applicants:

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Eastern Ontario on fire with tech and talent

While all of you startups out there n-dimensional space are preparing your N100 applications, I wanted to report that we were in the Valley this week helping launch the Renfrew edition of N100. I can tell you Eastern Ontario is on fire with tech and talent.

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Latest Tweets

#CanadaSummerJobs students: pizza party happening on Wednesday in your honour. Come and share your experiences, network and celebrate your achievements this summer at @Venture_13 with our MP @RuddKim. RSVP details in attached tweet.

🗓️Coming up at @Venture_13:

Last summer Maker Camp Aug 20 https://t.co/ZSvJm0gnzC
N100 Pitch Contest Sep 13 https://t.co/OY0fRTmsS4
#Startup talent recruitment from @UofT Sep 18 https://t.co/vVttsuKxUB
Fireside STEM chat w @kellykbergeron et al. Oct 25 https://t.co/fHLGmED8fv

Ending #WorldPhotographyDay with a shot of a hazy orange moon over Northumberland County, Ontario. The Northern Ontario wildfires have put enough smoke in the air to reach Southern Ontario and create some interesting hues. #ShareYourWeather @weathernetwork @StormHour

Having some fun with EyeTap and thermal imaging at @Venture_13 today.


A big congratulations to @SkyCanvasGames for placing first in the #uoitbrilliant summer incubator pitch finale! And congrats to all teams in this year’s summer cohort. We can’t wait for what’s next! #entrepreneurs #uoit #pitching #AlwaysLearning

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Grand Opening of Venture13

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Photos by Chris Lotton from the Grand Opening of Eastern Ontario’s newest centre for innovation and entrepreneurship: Venture13. For more, visit www.venture13.ca

2017 N100 Pitch Contest & Reception

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John Hayden
Manager, Enterprise Programs
905.372.8315 x224

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For over a decade, John Hayden has worked with Northumberland CFDC in entrepreneurial development and finance, with a particular interest in innovation-driven enterprise and advanced manufacturing.

John is a member of the Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (CVCA) and holds an Executive Certificate in Strategy & Innovation from MIT, where he participated in the Entrepreneurship Development Program in 2013. He holds a BA from the University of Toronto and a MA from the American University of Beirut. John was instrumental in devising and launching N100 and has judged other startup competitions including the Ontario Centres of Excellence Make Your Pitch student entrepreneurship challenge.

He currently works with over 30 early-stage companies across Southern Ontario as a Venture Catalyst with Northumberland CFDC’s N1M initiative (supported by FedDev Ontario) and was part of the Committee of the Town of Cobourg that successfully designed, developed and launched the all new “Venture13” technology centre in Cobourg (which includes a hardware MakerLab developed in partnership with Northumberland Makers).

Outside of the world of startups, John maintains a serious passion for back-country hiking. In 2015, he undertook an epic unsupported continuous traverse of Iceland and has plans for a similar expedition to the Caucasus in 2019 (keeping in shape with the 100 Mile Wilderness in Maine and other trails this year).

You can follow John on Twitter at @N100startups.

739 D’Arcy Street, Suite 120
Cobourg, Ontario K9A 0H6
phone: 905-372-8315
toll free: 1-866-670-1191
fax: 905-372-2238
email: info@northumberlandcfdc.ca

Office Hours

Open Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm

With the support of:

Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario

A Special Thank You to N100’s Official Sponsors


CCO Productions


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