Launched in 2012 at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, the program has now expanded with locations in Vancouver (Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia), Calgary (Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary), Montreal (HEC Montréal), Halifax (Rowe School of Business, Dalhousie University), Oxford (Saïd Business School, University of Oxford), and Paris (HEC Paris). CDL is particularly well suited for early-stage companies with links to university research labs.

The Program involves:

Mentorship from select entrepreneurs and angel investors: the CDL Fellows and Associates

Intensive full-day sessions with the Fellows and Associates take place every eight weeks with the purpose of assessing progress and setting new short-term objectives.

Opportunities to raise capital

Meetings are attended by the Fellows and Associates, a carefully selected group of exited entrepreneurs, angel investors, and partners from leading venture capital firms who often invest in ventures that demonstrate a track record of achieving their objectives.  


Barney Pell, Founder, Moon Express

Advice on technology roadmaps from the CDL Chief Scientists

World-renowned experts from leading academic institutions provide technical feedback to founders and advise the Fellows and Associates on objectives related to technology validation.

Business development support from top MBA students

MBA students work with founders to develop financial models, evaluate potential markets, and fine-tune strategies for scaling. The program is designed for early-stage, science-based technology companies, though we consider all applicants based on their potential to scale and the viability of their product.

Questions? Check out our FAQ page.


“The breadth and depth of insight that we were given access to was phenomenal.”

– Karl Martin, Founder, Nymi