Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) is a nonprofit organization that delivers an objectives-based program for massively scalable, seed-stage, science- and technology-based companies. Its nine-month program allows founders to learn from experienced entrepreneurs, increasing their likelihood of success.

The program operates out of 10 sites: Atlanta, Calgary, Halifax, Montreal, Oxford, Paris, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver, and Wisconsin. The program also offers 16 specialized streams including a general stream (Prime).

Please sign up below for an upcoming webinar to learn more about the CDL Program. Deadline to apply is July 30, 2021.

Creative Destruction Lab: An Introduction

At CDL, we’ve worked with thousands of founders to provide them with expert mentorship, technical advice, and connections to both investors and key industry players. We take no equity or IP ownership, and we charge no fees. Join this 15min introductory webinar to learn the fundamentals about the CDL Program or find a stream specific webinar below.

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CDL Prime

The Creative Destruction Lab’s Prime Stream is offered at four sites: Vancouver, Calgary (CDL-Rockies), Toronto and Halifax (CDL-Atlantic). The Prime Stream is particularly well suited for early-stage startups developing state-of-the-art technological innovations across diverse industries.

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The CDL-Rockies’ Ag stream is based in Calgary and leverages the region’s vast pool of expertise in agricultural innovation to help founders rapidly scale and commercialize their science- or technology-based startup building solutions applicable throughout the entire Ag value chain—from producer to plate.

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CDL Artificial Intelligence

The AI Stream at CDL-Montreal, CDL-Toronto, and CDL-Oxford brings together experienced exited entrepreneurs, leading scientists, and active investors to help scale ventures based around technologies underpinned by, or core to the advancement of, artificial intelligence.

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CDL Climate

The CDL Climate Stream at CDL-Paris, CDL-Oxford, and CDL-Vancouver will provide high impact contributions to climate challenges by unlocking the potential of cutting-edge research and accelerating its path to commercialization.

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CDL Commerce

The Commerce Stream at CDL-Atlanta brings together experienced exited entrepreneurs, leading scientists, and active investors to help scale ventures based around technologies that support the transformation of the retail and consumer packaged goods industries, and commercial exchange.

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CDL Energy

The Energy Stream at CDL-Rockies operates from the epicenter of the energy industry in Canada and brings together experienced entrepreneurs, investors, and leading scientists active in the energy sector.

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CDL FinTech

The FinTech revolution is entering its next phase (“FinTech 2.0”) where innovation will go beyond bringing fast digital and online solutions to consumers. The Fintech Stream at CDL-Oxford operates from an ecosystem moulded at the heart of financial innovation and at the doorstep of the financial capital of the world; London.

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CDL Health

The Health Stream operates out of CDL-Vancouver, CDL-Toronto, CDL-Oxford, CDL-Wisconsin, and CDL-Seattle. It helps technical teams bring their human health innovations to market through the advice and guidance of accomplished entrepreneurs, experienced operators, doctors, scientists, engineers, and investors in the life sciences domain.

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CDL Matter

The Matter Stream at CDL-Toronto will provide technical guidance, business insights, and access to capital to entrepreneurs working on discovering, developing or recycling advanced materials across the value chain.

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CDL Neuro

The Neuro Stream at CDL-Toronto brings together entrepreneurs, scientists, entrepreneurs, and investors with broad experience in neurodegenerative disorders, neuroprosthetics, brain-computer interfaces, neurodevelopment, and cognitive modelling.

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CDL Oceans

The Oceans Stream at CDL-Atlantic is located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada – the forefront of Canada’s Ocean industry. This Stream brings together experienced entrepreneurs, investors, and leading scientists from around the world who are active in the ocean industry.

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CDL Risk

The CDL-Wisconsin Risk Stream operates at the University of Wisconsin Madison, the leading university for risk management in the United States. The Risk Stream is particularly suited to founders developing transformational technologies in risk management and insurance.

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CDL Space

At CDL Space, we are looking for the world’s most promising space technologies and companies, including those that will operate in space as well as those that operate terrestrially using space-based services.

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CDL Supply Chain

The Supply Chain Stream at CDL-Montreal focuses on building resilient and modern supply chains, by learning from the past to build a better future.

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Applications are now open