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

Seed Funding for Policetech Start-ups in Southern Ontario

Seed Funding for Policetech Start-ups in Southern Ontario

Start-ups working on solutions for policetech, community innovation and first responders got a boost from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative, with the support of FedDev Ontario and the Government Canada’s Jobs and Growth Fund (JGF). Three southern Ontario ventures are helping to ensure the operational efficiency, excellence and effectiveness of police services and allied organizations through their innovative technologies.

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Capital d’amorçage pour les entreprises en démarrage du Sud de l’Ontario

Capital d’amorçage pour les entreprises en démarrage du Sud de l’Ontario

Le programme Un avenir PROSPÈRE! de la SADCN, avec le soutien de FedDev Ontario et du Fonds pour l’emploi et la croissance (FEC) du gouvernement du Canada, a donné un coup de pouce aux entreprises en démarrage spécialisées en solutions technologiques pour les services de police, l’innovation communautaire et les premiers intervenants.

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