While we prepare the 2020 edition of N100, here are some stories, upcoming events and opportunities coming to you from N100 HQ at Venture13! From tech talks to discovery days, from manufacturing conferences to hackathons, we look forward to seeing you in #TechNorthumberland this Fall.
Young people from across Northumberland headed to Toronto to meet tech sector executives and learn coding, leadership and entrepreneurial skills from Northeastern University Toronto as part of the TECHimmersivE summer program by VentureKids Canada.


This summer, Venture13 worked with VentureKids Canada and Northeastern University – Toronto to launch an all new program for rural youth: TECHimmersivE connected young people from our community with the Toronto tech sector (including leadership at Microsoft Canada and LinkedIn) and provided experiential learning in coding, technology and entrepreneurship. Youth participants even had the chance to meet with the Consul-General of the United States in Toronto, Greg Stanford.

How did it all begin? A tweet from Sarah Stockdale (CEO of Valkerie) at our FedDev Ontario N1M Innovation in Action Day at Venture13… MPP for Northumberland-Peterborough South David Piccini meeting with Northeastern University Toronto’s Aliza Lakhani… the leadership of homegrown talent, writer, public speaker and tech columnist Takara Small, Founder of VentureKids Canada and Keynote Speaker at Venture13’s one-year anniversary earlier this Spring (read the article in BetaKit)… by working together we seized the opportunity to launch this initiative to accelerate change for underserved rural communities.

Thank you to Elizabeth McIelwain, Lauren Reid and the team at the Town of Cobourg, the volunteers, and all who supported the launch of TECHimmersivE (including the Cobourg Police Service and all of our sponsors) and we look forward to bringing you more metro-rural linkages through TECHimmersivE in 2020 and beyond.

TECHimmersivE brings rural youth to Toronto tech sector for experiential learning, connectivity and engagement, thanks to VentureKids Canada, Northeastern University Toronto and Venture13.

Upcoming Events

October 3 | Excellence in Manufacturing Awards

At the 4th annual Awards Ceremony, our manufacturers are recognized for their excellence in High Performance Manufacturing, Environmental/Health and Safety Excellence and Employee Investment. Join the Northumberland Manufacturers Association on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 7:30 AM and enjoy a light breakfast, mixing and mingling as we celebrate together our achievements in manufacturing excellence. Click here to register. Breakfast proudly sponsored by: BDC. Awards proudly sponsored by: Hoselton Studios.

October 5 | TechXpo Cybersecurity Challenge

It’s Cyber Security Month! Compete for a $1,000 (cash) team prize at the first one-day TechXpo Cybersecurity Challenge (mini-hackathon) at Venture13 on Saturday, October 5, 2019, 7:15 AM to 4:15 PM. The event features mentors, a pitch competition and Keynote tech talk with Mahdi Raza: I to Eye : Thinking Like A Hacker. Click here for more information and to register. Brought to you by Durham College AI/HUB, Venture13, Northumberland CFDC and siberX and sponsored by Eagle Aerospace, ConnexHealth and the Cobourg Police Service. The winner will be announced at the the Global Cyberlympics finale at Durham College on October 26, 2019.

October 7 | Fireside Chat: Technology Adaptation and Healthcare

Join us for the next Venture13 Fireside Chat brought to you by ConnexHealth, on the topic of Technology Adaptation and Healthcare, featuring a Keynote by Dr. Mukesh Bhargava, Chief of Staff, Northumberland Hills Hospital and a panel including technology entrepreneur Ryan Doherty of Empower Health. The event is free and takes place on Monday, October 7, 2019, 7-9 PM at the Innovation Commons at Venture13. All are welcome. Click here to register.

October 15 | IBM Lunch and Learn with Sarmad Ibrahim

A by-invitation Lunch and Learn session at Venture13 on Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Engage with Sarmad Ibrahim, Tech Evangelist at IBM, find out about the I3 program, discover IBM’s AI, IoT, Blockchain opportunities, network with entrepreneurs and innovators, and more! Click here to learn more and to register use the password: v13&SSIBM.

October 24 | Tri-Association Manufacturing Conference

Join manufacturers and industry partners from Northumberland, Quinte, Peterborough-Kawartha and across Ontario for the Tri-Association Manufacturing Conference in Cobourg on October 24, 2019. Included in the conference is the Venture13 Tech Zone innovation showcase of Northumberland CFDC clients.

Ongoing | V13 Mentorship Program

Entrepreneurs: are you interested in sitting down and talking business strategy? From sales and growth to pitching to investors, from industry partnerships to funding and financing, we’ve got you covered. You can meet with Venture13 advisors for free during office hours at Venture13 on a variety of topics (let us know what you want to talk about and we’ll match you with the right advisor). Upcoming dates:

    • September 20 (1-5 PM) Sherry Colbourne, President & CEO of Spark Centre (Northumberland’s regional innovation centre)
    • September 27 (10 AM – 3 PM) Kristen Marumoto, Marketing & Operations Manager, Spark Angels (angel investor network in Durham and Northumberland)
    • October 1 (2-4 PM) Ruth Van Vierzen, REVSquared (sales and growth)

Email info@venture13.ca today to book your appointment for these or other dates (see the Venture13 Event Calendar for more).

Northumberland Makers

Northumberland Makers wrapped up a second highly successful summer of NMKids maker camp programming here at Venture13 in the heart of #TechNorthumberland. Thank you to the Directors, counsellors and volunteers who made this creative opportunity possible for young people in our community. Next up: get ready for weeknight tech clubs and other exciting opportunities this fall.

In Other N100 News

FanSaves won #RC1002019, our sister competition in the Valley. Check out rc100.ca.

Ambience Data (#N1002017) installed an enviro-monitoring station at Venture13.

You can now request a Spacr demo from Argentum Electronics (#N1002018).

Ambience Data and Argentum are Co-Founders of the Microfactory Co-operative providing prototyping, design and customized small-scale advanced manufacturing capabilities out of Venture13 and the V13 MakerLab here in #TechNorthumberland.

#N1002016 Finalist and N1M startup Enersion raised $2.6 million in funding from SDTC.

#N1002018 Finalist and N1M startup Convictional Commerce graduated from Y Combinator W19 batch and is making waves for their marketplace platform (Forbes).

#N1002018 Finalist and N1M startup Able Innovations is pitching in the finals of Lion’s Lair on September 26, 2019. Good luck, Jayiesh (and team)!