Virtual Ventures is a not-for-profit organization run under the Faculty of Engineering and Design at Carleton University. Virtual Ventures offers nationally recognized technology and engineering programs for youth who have completed junior kindergarten – grade 12.

Programs Offered

Virtual Ventures provides the youth of Ottawa with stimulating experiences in all aspects of computers, information technology, engineering, and science. Virtual Ventures marks its 30th year of operation in 2024.

A network member of Actua

Actua provides training, resources and support to its national network of members located at universities and colleges across Canada in the delivery of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education outreach programming. Each year, these members engage over 350,000 youth in 500 communities nationwide. Please visit Actua at

In 2022, Virtual Ventures won the Experience Award – Go Where Kids Are. VV was presented with this year’s award based on its ground-breaking Linked> program, run collaboratively with Shopify and BGC (Boys and Girls Club) Ottawa. Read more about the award.

In 2020, Virtual Ventures won the Make Friends With Science Award. The Actua Make Friends with Science award recognizes outstanding achievement in communicating the transformational experiences that your programs provide.


In 2016, Virtual Ventures won the Actua Experience Award – National Girls Program. This award recognizes network members’ commitment to engage underrepresented youth in STEM and provide them with the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to succeed in the 21st century. Read more about the award.

Actual Award for Leadership

In 2012, Virtual Ventures won the Actua GE Canada Award for Leadership and Innovation. This award was created in 1998 as a way to recognize member organizations that have best exemplified the Actua spirit of innovation over the past year.