As of Friday, January 11, 2019, we are no longer accepting applications to N1M. The program is now fully subscribed. Thank you to all who applied.

About N1M

In 2013, with the support of FedDev Ontario, Northumberland CFDC launched our Scientists and Engineers in Business (SEB) pilot project to support STEM entrepreneurs and the commercialization of innovative products and services. This program was renewed in 2015 and rebranded as “N1M” (an abbreviation of “Northumberland one million” reflecting the funding we received from the Government of Canada). Today, N1M continues to support high potential innovation-driven enterprise in both Northumberland and across Southern Ontario.

On a competitive and qualified basis, N1M startups may receive:


Up to $30,000 in matching performance-based funding (non-dilutive and non-repayable contributions)


The strategic support of a Venture Catalyst for one year


Up to $2,500 for founders’ training (100% of eligible costs)


Upon successful program completion, the chance to pitch to Northumberland CFDC for up to $250,000 in financing

Who is Eligible?

  • Idea or validation startups and SMEs with high growth potential
  • Driven by innovative technologies/core competitive advantage
  • Credible founder team
  • Located in Northumberland* and committed to local job creation
  • Able to invest (or finance the investment) of required matching funds
  • If your startup has or will receive funding under the OCE SmartStart Seed Funding program or other similar programs funded by FedDev Ontario’s Investing in Business Innovation (IBI) initiative, you are not eligible for N1M.
  • Finalists in the N100 Startup Competition are pre-qualified and do not need to submit a separate application to be considered for funding and support via N1M.

Competitive Selection

Northumberland CFDC will extend an invitation to qualified startups to develop a project with us. The N1M funding amount will be determined by a Letter of Offer including agreed-upon performance-based milestones and reporting requirements. Contracts will be issued subject to receipt of requested documentation, substantiation and completion of final due diligence.

Please note: N1M is a competitive program and not all applicants will receive funding.

*Outside of Northumberland

Startups located anywhere in Southern Ontario are eligible to apply for N1M, however, due to the geographic emphasis of the program, priority will be given to startups that are located in Northumberland or can demonstrate a local economic impact such as: hiring Northumberland residents, integrating Northumberland suppliers into your supply chain, engaging local prototyping and engineering services, working with creative and technical firms located in Northumberland, partnering with innovative fourth pillar organizations (such as the Northumberland Manufacturers’ Association and Northumberland Makers), undertaking test marketing and pilot projects in Northumberland, or otherwise engaging our local economy. For the current intake of N1M, applications from startups located in rural Eastern Ontario will be considered in parity with applications from Northumberland.

Our organization is committed to continuing to accelerate innovative SMEs across Eastern Ontario as part of the rural renaissance, with the support of FedDev Ontario. If you are applying from rural Eastern Ontario you may reference business impacts and project outcomes in your own community in place of Northumberland wherever those questions are asked in the N1M application.

A list of rural Eastern Ontario CFDCs
  • 1000 Islands Community Development Corporation
  • Community Futures Development Corporation of North & Central Hastings and South Algonquin
  • Frontenac Community Futures Development Corporation
  • Community Futures Peterborough
  • Grenville Community Futures Development Corporation
  • Haliburton County Development Corporation
  • Kawartha Lakes Community Futures Development Corporation
  • Prescott–Russell Community Development Corporation
  • Prince Edward/Lennox & Addington Community Futures Development Corporation
  • Renfrew County Community Futures Development Corporation
  • South Lake Community Futures Development Corporation
  • Cornwall and Counties Community Futures Development Corporation
  • Trenval Business Development Corporation
  • Valley Heartland Community Futures Development Corporation

A visual representation of the N1M process from Application to Project Ready Status

1. Application Submission

2. Application Review

3. Project Development


4. Letter of Offer


5. Project Start

6. Tranche 1

7. Tranche 2

8. Ongoing Annual Reports

9. Opportunity to pitch for up to $250,000 in financing for your startup

Our N1M Startups

The following is a list of all N1M startups approved for participation in the program with performance-based funding up to the amounts indicated below. We have highlighted some of their achievements, such as winning major awards, being selected for incubator or accelerator programs, or completing successful crowdfunding campaigns.

Up to $32,500 approved funding

Up to $29,500 approved funding
N100 2017

Up to $32,500 approved funding
Globe and Mail

Up to $32,500 approved funding
Canadian Occupational Safety

Up to $32,500 approved funding
Joe Fresh Centre for Fashion Innovation

Up to $32,500 approved funding
EXPO 2020

Up to $6,500 approved funding
UOIT Brilliant Entrepreneurship

Up to $32,500 approved funding

Up to $20,000 approved funding

Up to $30,000 approved funding
Ignite 2016

Up to $32,500 approved funding

Up to $32,500 approved funding
University of Waterloo ECE Projects

Up to $21,000 approved funding
Beijing Future Science Park - Ignite Durham 2018


Up to $32,500 approved funding

Makeup for Melanin Girls
Up to $10,000 approved funding
Ignite Capital Grand Prize Winner

Up to $32,500 approved funding

Up to $5,000 approved funding
Certified B Corporation

Up to $32,500 approved funding

Up to $32,500 approved funding
Financial Post

Up to $30,000 approved funding
Ignite 2017

Up to $32,500 approved funding
Cobourg Now

Up to $32,500 approved funding

Up to $25,000 approved funding

Up to $32,500 approved funding
N100 2015

Up to $30,000 approved funding

Up to $32,500 approved funding

Up to $21,000 approved funding
UOIT Brilliant

Up to $32,500 approved funding
N100 2013

Up to $20,000 approved funding
Imagination Catalyst

Up to $7,500 approved funding
Ignite 2017 Finalist

Ontario Limited

Up to $23,500 approved funding

Our SEB Startups

The following is a list of startups funded under the previous pilot version of the N1M program. We have also highlighted achievements of SEB startups such as KAI Innovations ranking in the top ten fastest growing companies in Canada, and Blanc Labs securing a $2 million venture round from Extreme Venture Partners.

Up to $15,000 approved funding

Up to $10,000 approved funding
Extreme Venture Partners

Up to $30,000 approved funding

Up to $30,000 approved funding

Up to $30,000 approved funding
CBC Dragons’ Den

Up to $30,000 approved funding
PROFIT500 Startup 50 #7

Up to $15,000 approved funding

Up to $30,000 approved funding

Up to $30,000 approved funding

Up to $15,000 approved funding
Toronto Star


Compete in our biennial open invitational $250,000 technology startup competition.


Our co-investment fund (sidecar) for technology startups and innovation-driven enterprises.


Our new Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre. Connecting, empowering and accelerating technology startups and entrepreneurs.

N100 Evolution Pitch Contest Simulation at Venture13

Grand Opening of Venture13

N1M Entrepreneur Workshop – June 17, 2016

N1M Entrepreneur Workshop - Dec 8, 2015

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N1M Project Manager - John Hayden

John Hayden
Manager, Enterprise Programs
905.372.8315 x223

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For over a decade, John Hayden has worked with Northumberland CFDC in entrepreneurial development and finance, with a particular interest in innovation-driven enterprise and advanced manufacturing.

John is a member of the Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (CVCA) and holds an Executive Certificate in Strategy & Innovation from MIT, where he participated in the Entrepreneurship Development Program in 2013. He holds a BA from the University of Toronto and a MA from the American University of Beirut. John was instrumental in devising and launching N100 and has judged other startup competitions including the Ontario Centres of Excellence Make Your Pitch student entrepreneurship challenge.

He currently works with over 30 early-stage companies across Southern Ontario as a Venture Catalyst with Northumberland CFDC’s N1M initiative (supported by FedDev Ontario) and was part of the Committee of the Town of Cobourg that successfully designed, developed and launched the all new “Venture13” technology centre in Cobourg (which includes a hardware MakerLab developed in partnership with Northumberland Makers).

Outside of the world of startups, John maintains a serious passion for back-country hiking. In 2015, he undertook an epic unsupported continuous traverse of Iceland through the interior, completed the Teton Crest Trail in 2016 and the Hundred Mile Wilderness of the Appalachian Trail in Maine in 2018.

You can follow John on Twitter at @N100startups.

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