Venture13 Logo


Led by the Town of Cobourg, and in partnership with the Northumberland CFDC,
our new technology centre will open in 2018.

15,000 sq ft Startup VentureZone, Innovation Commons and hardware MakerLab.

75 Seat Lecture Hall for education and demonstrations.

Fibre connection, automated ICT platform.


24/7 secure access for VentureZone members.

What is Venture13?

Venture13 is a state-of-the-art technology centre for startups and entrepreneurs that will open its doors in early 2018. V13 will connect and empower industry, investors, makers, the research community and other key partners locally and across the regional ecosystem. It is a place and a pathway for commercialization of innovation and for economic development and diversification—effectively positioning our community for the challenges and opportunities of the technological age.

History of the Building

Once the site of the Canadian Forces Base central “Depot” (as it was known then), the offices at 739 D’Arcy St. Cobourg coordinated the supply of Canada’s military with a vast array of basic equipment. Home to the Royal Canadian Ordinance Corps (today you will find a plaque to the Corps on the Southeast side of the building) it was, at the time, the Town of Cobourg’s largest employer. At peak in 1955 the Corps provided some 738 local jobs.

739 D’Arcy St. Cobourg

Since then, the two-story postwar red-brick building became the home of Fleming College, the Public School Board, a Transcom call centre, and other tenants, but has remained largely empty in recent years—constituting a maintenance burden on the municipality and an unrealized site of opportunity.

Our Vision

Innovation can happen anywhere and not just in the established urban centres of innovation.

Northumberland produces abundant talent. We have well-developed agricultural and advanced manufacturing industries. We are one of the most creative communities in the Province of Ontario. We know we can thrive in the twenty-first century with continued entrepreneurship, investment and hard work. We need a place that can serve as a home and starting point for twenty-first century innovators and entrepreneurs.

Northumberland CFDC’s VentureZone on the first floor of V13 will support a soft landing platform for startups, a commons for community development, a place for learning and making, and a point of connectivity to Eastern Ontario’s growing innovation ecosystem.

Drone reconnaissance of Building 13 by Chris Oliver of CCO Productions

Features of V13

The 15,000 square foot first floor of the building will include:

  • A commons which encompasses a 75-seat lecture hall and demo space and two seminar/activity rooms
  • Co-working space with modular/flexible private rooms for technology startups
  • Fibre connection
  • An 800 square foot MakerLab providing prototyping and engineering capabilities for hardware startups and Northumberland Makers, along with a scannable tool library. The MakerLab will have industry-standard hookups, ventilation, safety equipment and the ability to accommodate cutting edge tools.
Credit: Piccini Architect.

Credit: Piccini Architect.

Conceptual Renderings of the V13 MakerLab

Credit: Based on original drawings by Piccini Architect, renders by Harry Mandryk, Phil Mandryk, Northumberland Makers.


Northumberland CFDC, as the Town of Cobourg’s main partner in the V13 initiative, is responsible for the management and delivery of the first floor V13 VentureZone. Programs like N100, N1M and Nventure will now have a permanent home base.

V13 partners and drivers:

  • The Town of Cobourg’s Economic Development Department
  • Northumberland Manufacturers’ Association
  • Northumberland Makers
  • Other sponsors, partners and key collaborators: Spark Centre (Northumberland’s Regional Innovation Centre), the Impact Centre at the University of Toronto, and the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC).
Images from the Venture13 funding announcement in May, 2017, with MP for Northumberland-Peterborough South, Kim Rudd.

On November 20 2017, at the Town of Cobourg Council meeting, President of Fleming College, Tony Tilly, announced a $100,000 strategic contribution to Venture13. Our facility will be utilized for Fleming College’s innovative educational programming.

Northumberland CFDC has partnered with the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) and is now working with a Capstone student team to develop V13 MakerLab Policies based on international best practices. We have also developed a new entrepreneurial workshop series with the University of Toronto’s Impact Centre with more programming for technology entrepreneurs continuing quarterly when we move to Venture13 next year. And there is much more to come.

Images from Northumberland CFDC planning meetings with Northumberland Makers and the Town of Cobourg.

Together we are supporting:

Flexible co-working spaces and shared meeting rooms.

A calendar of engaging events and programming.

Entrepreneurs, makers and educational partners.

Through reciprocal agreements, strategic partnerships, and broad-based entrepreneurial development programming, V13 will strengthen networks of innovation both locally and regionally, and add this physical “point of interest” to the map of innovation in Eastern Ontario.

Co-Locating Innovation Expertise

Venture13 will provide a space for experienced entrepreneurs and innovators to:

  • Hold meetings
  • Host workshops
  • Provide one-on-one advice, support and industry connections to our community

Easily booked through a web-based system, facilities such as private meeting rooms, board rooms, seminar rooms, phone booths and the lecture hall itself create multiple venues for networking and connectivity. Venture13 will support education, skills training and discovery through a wide array of activities requiring both physical and virtual infrastructure.

Sustainability on Day One

The second floor of V13 will house the Police Services Board’s growing technology business unit. Along with Northumberland CFDC, the two anchor organizations together ensure the sustainability of the V13 initiative from day one, and will provide a foundation for ongoing improvement, expansion and re-investment.

The initial capital budget for site retrofit is supported in part by FedDev Ontario through the Eastern Ontario Development Program (EODP) - Collaborative Economic Development Projects (CEDP) stream.

Venture13 Announces Strategic Partnership
Set to Ignite Innovation in the Eastern Region

Contact Executive Director Wendy Curtis about Venture13

Thank you for your interest in V13. Please contact us for more information about this initiative.

Northumberland Makers

Northumberland Manufacturers' Association

Fleming College

With the Support of the Federal Economic Development Agency of Ontario