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Welcome to Venture13

Venture13 is a 30,000 sq. ft. innovation and entrepreneurship centre located in Cobourg, Ontario, just over an hour East of Toronto, in Northumberland, along the Eastern Ontario lakeshore.

Background

Venture13 (Building 13 of the Northam Industrial Park) opened its doors in May, 2018 with a mission to advance entrepreneurial development and help build the industries of the future. Venture13 is owned by the Town of Cobourg. With the support of FedDev Ontario and the Government of Canada, multiple organizations came together to retrofit and repurpose the building and now form the Venture13 Board of Partners, a group of co-locating organizations committed to innovation and entrepreneurship, and chaired by the municipality’s CAO.

Anchor organizations co-locating at Venture13 and sitting on the Board of Partners:

Together, we have designed this space to connect and empower industry, investors, makers, tech start-ups, the research community, the educational sector, and key collaborative innovation partners locally and across the regional ecosystem. We provide a place for ideation, prototyping and commercialization as a pathway to economic development and diversification.

Onsite collaborations include:

  • The V13 Policetech Accelerator
  • Canada’s first Microfactory Co-operative (a for-profit alliance of hardware entrepreneurs offering member and commercial services, utilizing shared resources, equipment and talent)
  • Start-up simulations, tech/digital co-op placements with area high schools, and student internships

Venture13 frequently hosts community events, fireside chats, hackathons, competitions, conferences, training days and more. Please contact the Venture13 team to learn more about hosting your event (including live interactive broadcasting capabilities)—fees apply and services subject to availability.

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Assets and Infrastructure
The 15,000 sq. ft. first floor of Venture13 and Innovation Commons includes:

  • 80-seat public lecture hall and breakout seminar rooms
  • 800 sq. ft. hardware and mechatronics-focused MakerLab (for prototyping, engineering and design)
  • VentureZone co-working space (seats and private offices for entrepreneurs and digital freelancers) plus access to flexible meeting spaces
  • Public Wi-Fi, high-speed fibre connection
  • Reception services and mailbox, locker
  • Access to NCFDC in-house Strategic Advisor (for VentureZone members and other participating clients only)
  • 24/7 secure access for members
  • Free parking
  • Solar microgrid and free EV charging station
  • Community kitchen

The second floor of Venture13 is the headquarters and secure data centre of the Cobourg Police Service’s Corporate Services business unit, the leading national wholesale provider of online criminal record checks in Canada.

VentureZone Eligibility

To be eligible your business must be an innovative SME or tech start-up or you must be:

  • self-employed and working on an innovative or technological application
  • a digital freelancer
  • working remotely for an innovative SME or tech start-up

You must have adequate insurance in place for operations on premises.

You must agree to the Code of Conduct as part of the VentureZone Membership Agreement.

Please complete the application form below to express your interest in V13 VentureZone Membership. You will receive a transcript of the application emailed to you and copied to NCFDC. A representative will be in touch with you on behalf of Venture13 (normally within 24 hours) with next steps. There is no obligation to proceed. If you are not eligible, we may nevertheless contact you to assist with your entrepreneurial and business development or as appropriate, to provide helpful referrals.

Dedicated Desk

$150/month, minimum two-month commitment (effective January 1, 2022 for new memberships)

Members receive:

  • one fully furnished dedicated seat in the VentureZone co-working space with frosted Plexiglas dividers, an ergonomic chair, and locking filing cabinet
  • wireless internet (fibre connection)
  • unlimited access to colour printer/copier
  • access to private meeting space (booked as available, on a first-come, first-serve basis)—conditions apply
  • discounted rates on booking Innovation Commons facilities
  • mail and parcel collection
  • other superior amenities.
Private Office

$600/month, minimum two-month commitment (effective January 1, 2022 for new memberships).

Members receive:

  • fully furnished dedicated private office with sit-stand desk, ergonomic chair, task chair, lockable filing cabinet, and mounted TV with HDMI connection
  • wireless internet (fibre connection)
  • unlimited access to colour printer/copier
  • access to private meeting space (booked as available, on a first-come, first-serve basis)—conditions apply
  • discounted rates on booking Innovation Commons facilities
  • mail and parcel collection
  • other superior amenities.

VentureZone Membership Application

The application can be completed in less than five minutes. You can always revise your requirements later (e.g. number of seats required).

Please note that Northumberland CFDC’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Use applies to disclosure of confidential information.

VentureZone Membership Application
Your email address will be used to email you a copy of your application and for correspondence purposes.
Please select the answer that best describes your business or current employment:
What is the structure of your business?
Need to register your business? The BECN (Business Enterprise Centre Northumberland) provides business registration assistance to local businesses. Please go to http://becn.ca for more information. Fees apply.
Would you like a private office?
How many seats would you like in the VentureZone open co-working space?
Would you like to have access to the V13 MakerLab (the MakerLab Policy applies, access subject to oversight and approval by NCFDC and the MakerLab coordinator). An additional fee of $1,250 applies (subject to change).
How many employees would you like to register for secure 24/7 access to the facility?
Are you interested in any of the following programs or opportunities with anchor organizations at Venture13? (please select all that apply)

Looking for another option? Consider The Factory, Northumberland County’s co-working space for entrepreneurs and small business owners. Fees and additional terms and conditions apply.

Latest News from Venture13

Student Cleantech Startup Simulation and Pitch Contest at Venture13

Student Cleantech Startup Simulation and Pitch Contest at Venture13

On April 6th, NCFDC held a Cleantech-themed student startup simulation and pitch competition at Venture13 with Molly Klintworth’s Grade 9/10 business class from Port Hope High School. It was an INCREDIBLE day. The students brought huge energy, enthusiasm, innovative ideas and compelling presentations which they presented to a panel of serial tech entrepreneurs who judged and scored their pitches.

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