Posted on Thursday May 17, 2018
(Cobourg, ON) May 17, 2018 - The Town of Cobourg and Northumberland Community Futures Development Corporation (Northumberland CFDC) today officially opened the doors of Venture13 (V13), Eastern Ontario’s newest innovation and entrepreneurship centre.
Formerly ‘Building 13’ of the Northam Industrial Park, located at 739 D’Arcy Street in Cobourg, Ontario, Venture13 is a fully transformed 30,000 square foot centre comprised of an Innovation Commons, MakerLab and VentureZone co-working and accelerator space for technology startups on its first floor. Located on the second floor is the Cobourg Police Service’s rapidly growing Corporate Services enterprise whose mission is to secure the future of the shared economy.
Today’s Grand Opening event included an opening ceremony, congratulatory video message from The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario, a reception with Kim Rudd, MP for Northumberland-Peterborough South, and a community barbeque with V13 innovation partners, including: The Cobourg Police Service, Northumberland Makers, Northumberland Manufacturers Association, Fleming College, Spark Centre, the Impact Centre at The University of Toronto, UOIT, Durham College, Ontario Centres of Excellence and entrepreneurs from Northumberland CFDC’s N1M and N100 programs, as well as many from the local community, colleagues and sponsors.
Together, with the support of FedDev Ontario, V13 partners are working to strengthen the regional chain of innovation and provide a contemporary platform for new projects, partnerships and collaborations designed to support the development of the industries of the future from small-scale custom manufacturing to clean technology, from digital marketing to virtual reality.
The Venture13 centre is host to many desirable site features including 24/7 secure access, fibre connection, web-based facility management, a multitude of entrepreneurial development workshops and community events, program coordination support, a $1 million in-house Angel Sidecar fund (known as ‘Nventure’), an electric vehicle car charging station and, newly announced today by Lakefront Utility Services Inc. President Dereck Paul, a roof-top solar installation that will contribute sustainable power generation to the site.
Welcome to the Rural Renaissance.
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