I wanted to put up a quick post to let you know that we have been hard at work with our community partners on the design, development and advancement of a new technology and innovation centre set to launch in 2018—something that will be very significant for the future of N100. It has been dubbed “Venture13” and at a recent presentation to the Town of Cobourg Council, we unveiled the Venture13 logo, created by Pixelnomial Studios. You can read more about the initiative here. In short, the first floor is 15,000 sq ft and I can highlight the Innovation Commons (with demo hall, public Wifi and multi-use activity rooms), the hardware MakerLab (for prototyping, engineering and microfactory production), the startup collaborative workspace (dubbed the “VentureZone”), a fast fibre connection and web-based, automated facilities booking and management system, as well as 24-hour secure access for members. As a space to work on the most innovative and cutting edge new technologies I can’t think of a better place and we are excited for retrofit of the building to begin and doors expected to open to the public in the Spring of 2018. “V13” will be a vector for innovation-focused community organizations like Northumberland CFDC, Northumberland Makers (our local makerspace), Northumberland Manufacturers’ Association and local colleges and universities like Fleming College and UOIT (both partners of this initiative) to develop new programs and opportunities for advancement of technology entrepreneurship and innovation. A core group of mostly hardware startups have already signed on to the initiative and will share MakerLab access, including the winner of N100 2017, Ambience Data. V13 will be a soft landing space for future winners of N100 as we develop and hone our ability to attract and accelerate next generation companies in Northumberland and Eastern Ontario. V13 is about positioning our community for full participation in the industries of the future—and it is an exciting next step that is gaining momentum and exposure not just locally but across the Province and beyond.
Since the end of N100 2017 this summer, we have been working hard on Venture13, on the Steering Committee and across the Town of Cobourg’s five V13 sub-committees, culminating in a major presentation to the Town of Cobourg Council last week. I can tell you we are also developing really exciting ideas for the next stage of N100—for our next five years in action. More on that soon! But I promise that N100 will get bigger and better each year—especially in that we have a new home at Venture13 along with our innovation partners and all of the amazing organizations and individuals who supported us from the beginning of N100 way back in 2013.
~John Hayden, for the N100 Team.