NCFDC invests in innovation and entrepreneurship as pathways to future prosperity, with core operational funding from FedDev Ontario and the Government of Canada. Headquartered at Venture13 in Cobourg, Ontario, just over an hour East of Toronto, NCFDC delivers local, regional and national initiatives. Throughout the latest five-year period, from 2018-2023, these initiatives delivered over $35 million in impact for innovative and growth-oriented start-ups and SMEs.

Let’s start a conversation about your organization’s strategic objectives and the resources you need to grow.

Current Programming

Loans (up to $250K) for
Northumberland-based ventures.

thriveFORWARD innovation funding for Start-ups ($25K) and SMEs ($100K) in southern Ontario. Intake Closed

$15K DELIA microloans for women-owned businesses across Canada.
StrikeUP Canada digital conference for women entrepreneurs.
VentureZone memberships for entrepreneurs and innovators at our centre in Cobourg, Ontario.
A community safety innovation joint initiative with the Cobourg Police Service for Start-ups and Scale-ups.

Project Partners

Upcoming Events and Opportunities

The Frontier Entrepreneurship Podcast

Listen to Braden Kemp (NCFDC, Bioenterprise Canada) and Tracy Morningstar (Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business) in conversation with entrepreneurs who are pushing beyond the limits of creativity and innovation. Season 1 brings you start-up Founders from across southern Ontario, venture-backed by NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative (with the support of FedDev Ontario). Learn more.

Latest News

DELIA Spotlight: Oat & Mill

DELIA Spotlight: Oat & Mill

Faced with limited dairy-free options that resembled a parlour shop-style ice cream, Candace Tierney took it upon herself to reinvent the frosty treat. This decision springboarded her to found Oat & Mill, a successful, award-winning business that prides itself on delivering vegan, oat-based ice creams that are made from scratch using nationally and locally sourced ingredients.

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Frontier Entrepreneurship Podcast Episode 10 – Coastal Carbon

Frontier Entrepreneurship Podcast Episode 10 – Coastal Carbon

Episode 10 of Season 1 brings you to the intersection of seaweed and artificial intelligence with Thomas Storwick, Co-Founder of Coastal Carbon. Thomas’ start-up is a southern Ontario-based innovation-driven enterprise supporting next generation sustainable aquaculture and marine ecosystem restoration.

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