Scale-Up Stream

Guided by the vision of the Chief of Police, this stream will offer the opportunity for innovative companies to validate their police technology applications in real-world customer demonstration projects with the Cobourg Police Service, with dedicated support from Northumberland CFDC V13 Policetech accelerator team.

Companies invited to participate in the Scale-Up stream will work with the frontline Innovation Platoon on the first deployment of innovative, commercial ready products.

Accelerator benefits include:

  • Incubation space in the Venture13® VentureZone (one free seat for one year, valued at $1,500).
  • Customer demonstration project with dedicated police liaison support from our accelerator team for a minimum of one year.
  • Direct investment opportunity from Northumberland CFDC of up to $50,000 for qualifying companies—terms and conditions apply (see below).
  • Perks from our innovation partners, including TELUS and IBM, including development kits, cloud-computing credits and more.
  • Marketing and promotional top-spin.

Our process of shortlisting applications for invitation to the competition is based on the following evaluations:

  1. Recommendation and summary of due diligence in review of the application by the V13 Policetech Accelerator Business Development Officer.
  2. The summative recommendation of the Innovation Platoon based on scoring the Project Summary. Information on scoring criteria will be provided in the Call for Applications and may change based on the challenge statement.

Eligible applicants under the Scale-Up stream must:

  • Be a for-profit venture in the early commercialization or growth stage, incorporated in Canada, and normally having been in operations for more than two years (startup or SME).
  • Have a novel, innovative and technology-driven solution to an unsolved problem in policing. Specific types of solutions will be defined by the current Call for Applications.
  • Normally be at Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 6-7
Scale-Up Technology Focus
At a strategic level, the V13 Policetech Accelerator is seeking solutions in:

  • Big data/predictive analytics
  • Evidence-based policing
  • Distributed sensing/virtual patrols
  • Community/public relations optimization
  • Other smart policing technologies

V13 Policetech Accelerator Founding Partner, Northumberland CFDC, may, in its sole discretion, provide up to $50,000 in investment for companies admitted by the Chief of Police into the Scale-Up stream of the V13 Policetech accelerator, in one of the following forms:

  • SAFE
  • Convertible note
  • Venture debt

Additional financing solutions may be available up to $250,000 by separate application to Northumberland CFDC’s Community Futures Program (CFP).


The outcome of the competition will be determined by the Chief of Police, who will decide which—if any—shortlisted applicants are admitted to the full accelerator program.

Expression of Interest
If you are interested in participating in the Community Safety Innovation and Readiness Unit scale-up accelerator please fill out the following form and we will contact you when the formal intake process is announced.










    What stage of development are you at?

    A. For startups:
    IdeaPrototypeEarly commercializationGrowth

    B. For Pre-Commercial/Academic Researchers:
    Problem IdentificationReview of LiteratureProblem ClarificationResearch PlanningData CollectionData AnalysisPublicationKnowledge Transfer/Commercialization






    Application Process
    1. Expression of Interest
    After reviewing the current Call for Applications (see below) and determining if you have an eligible and suitable project, please submit an Expression of Interest using the above form.

    2. Due Diligence
    We may request additional materials, documentation and substantiation in review and evaluation of your full application.

    3. Competition
    Shortlisted applicants will be invited in person or virtually to present to the Chief and Innovation Platoon™ or to take part in a competition such as Pitch to the Chief (and his panel of experts/senior staff) in the Innovation Commons at Venture13.

    4. Letter of Support
    Competitively selected applicants will secure a Letter of Support for a $5,000 industry cash contribution* (plus additional in-kind contributions) to back your separate application for incremental funding to NSERC, SSHRC, NRC, OCE, FDO or similar government/external sources.

    5. Inter-Institutional Agreement
    Notify us if your application for incremental funding (leveraging our industry cash contribution) is successful and we will invite you to sign an Inter-Institutional Agreement in support of a collaboration or demonstration project.

    6. Collaborative Project
    Supported by Northumberland CFDC and the accelerator team, you will engage with the Cobourg Police Service on a collaborative project.

    Current Scale-Up stream Call for Applications:

    From time to time, the V13 Policetech Accelerator will issue a call outlining specific problems for which we are seeking innovation-driven solutions.

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      Joe Miller (B.Sc., Notre Dame) is an entrepreneur, innovator and intellectual property specialist with extensive experience in technology transfer. Throughout his career he has led strategic ventures at the University Health Network (UHN), the Innovation Cluster, and Ontario Tech, where he was responsible for the University’s IP identification, evaluation, administration and commercialization.

      Areas of expertise include IP value creation, technology evaluation, tech transfer, commercialization grant writing, collaborative strategies and start-up assistance.