Announcing our Finalists:

Able Innovations. Argentum Electronics. Convictional Commerce. EmulGreen Labs.

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

Welcome to N100 Evolution

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

Powered by:

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.


The N100 2018 Finals

After the N100 Pitch Contest last month at Venture13 (check out the FB album), our four Finalists have been working hard, spinning up their FTL drives for the last stage of N100 Evolution. They are Able Innovations, Argentum Electronics, Convictional Commerce and EmulGreen Labs.

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Diving in: an Interview with Ben Seaman of Riverwood Acoustics

Ben Seaman is the Founder of Riverwood Acoustics and the winner of the inaugural RC100 $100,000 Technology Startup Competition (delivered by our colleagues at Renfrew CFDC). You can read all about how RC100 began and the role we played in helping to launch the Renfrew edition of N100 in my previous posts

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Announcing our Finalists

In a dramatic turn, the N100 Power Panel has advanced four startups (rather than the expected three) to the Board Room and the Finals of N100 Evolution, after an exciting Pitch Contest Semi-Final event held in the Innovation Commons at Venture13 on September 13, 2018.

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Latest Tweets

Get your thinking caps on, @ISED_CA and Innovative Solutions Canada have released a new round of challenges, from attracting wood boring insects, to logistics and resource management for emergency response.

🚔Congrats to serial inventor @amydarthur who won our 2nd edition of "Pitch to the Chief" w @CobourgPolice for her innovative personal safety #wearable Claxon, prototyped right here at the @Venture_13 MakerLab! Read the press release: #NorthumberlandCounty

Do you have a business idea or existing business that you want to take to the next level? Apply to the Brilliant Incubator Winter Cohort! Applications are due January 14th! More information at:

.@UWaterloo startup Evercloak named a finalist in @opg Ignite competition and awarded $25,000 to further develop large-area nanofilms made of graphene and other 2D wonder materials @spark_centre @EvelynAllenUW #ignitedurham

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N100 Evolution Pitch Contest at Venture13

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Northumberland CFDC, in collaboration with the N100 Power Panel and our community innovation partners, delivered the sixth N100 Pitch Contest at Venture13 where seven technology entrepreneurs competed to advance to the Board Room and the finals of our $250,000 startup competition.

N100 Evolution Pitch Contest Simulation at Venture13

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Entrepreneurs competing in N100 Evolution (Northumberland’s $250K open invitational biennial startup competition) took part in a day-long series of intensive workshops to hone their pitches with N100 Advisors and coaches, culminating in a simulation of next week’s Sixth N100 Pitch Contest at Special thanks to Arjun Malu iMerciv Inc., Mark Elias Steadiwear Inc., Noureddin Chahrour AdrenalEase Inc., Leo Mui Impact Centre, Alison Burgess and Joe Miller University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), Tony Orsi from Bereskin & Parr, Szanne McNutt from ONeconomy, Astrum Nanji from Lux Equity and Braden Kemp from NationalProStaff. Photos by Chris Lotton Photography.

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


John Hayden
Manager, Enterprise Programs
905.372.8315 x223

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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

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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