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Welcome to N100 Evolution

Northumberland, Ontario, Canada’s annual open invitational
$100,000 technology startup competition.

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About N100

What is N100?

Northumberland, Ontario, Canada’s annual open invitational $100,000 technology startup competition.

N100 Evolution

On May 17, 2018, we will announce a major evolution in N100. Read more.

2018 Timeline

Call goes out May 17. Apply by July 13. Competitive down-selection through three Rounds: The Pitch, Business Planning, and Negotiation. The winner is 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.

Why N100?


Compete to secure a $100,000 convertible note and position your startup for follow-on investment.


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 Northumberland CFDC Investment Committee.


Hone your pitch and investment proposal and advance your business through a competitive gauntlet.


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.


A Microfactory Cooperative for Physical Tech Startups?

Ever wondered what it would be like if isolated hardware startups with variable or partial engineering and production requirements invested in shared ownership and control of their own engineering lab with advanced equipment and custom manufacturing capabilities?

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Renfrew County CFDC Launches RC100

I’m really very excited to let you know that our friends from Renfrew County CFDC have officially launched their own version of the N100 startup competition! Dubbed: the RC100, Renfrew has thrown down the gauntlet to technology startups that can have a presence and impact in Renfrew County. As in N100, startups will compete for a $100K convertible note that will vault them onto a venture capital track and get them moving with critical early stage support.

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N100 Evolution

Dear friends, In 2013, Northumberland CFDC launched the open invitational N100: an annual business competition for technology startups. We developed the idea to test a new strategy for startup attraction and acceleration, and to position Northumberland as...

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John Hayden
Manager, Enterprise Programs
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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 is working towards the launch of the “Venture13” technology centre in Cobourg in 2018 (which will include a maker lab and microfactory for hardware companies). 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.
600 William Street, Suite 600
Cobourg, Ontario K9A 3A5
phone: 905-372-8315
toll free: 1-866-670-1191
fax: 905-372-2238
email: info@northumberlandcfdc.ca

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