The purpose of the CDL Apprentice Program is to address the gender gap in STEM. This is an online, multi-module program for women-identified individuals including two-spirit, transgender and non-binary people of 14-18 years of age. Individuals will have a curiosity for STEM-related topics and a keen interest for how science and technology is transforming the world and the opportunities available to the next generation of leaders.

CDL provides experiences to foster an entrepreneurial mindset and encourage individuals to challenge themselves and current statistics. Women represent 51% of the population yet continue to be underrepresented in technical studies and careers, women led startups, and only 3% of all venture capital is deployed to women. The CDL community is committed to sharing its collective knowledge and experience to support students in their growth and development.

Applications are currently being accepted for the Fall 2021 program.

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How it works

Students who apply and are accepted into the program commit to achieving the CDL Apprentice Badge. Students register and attend theme-focused modules including: Artificial Intelligence, Ag, Climate, Oceans, Matter, and Health.

Along with global business leaders, the CDL community includes world-leading scientists, engineers and economists.

Students will meet peers from across the CDL network and interact with the CDL team and community members. An integrated approach of large and small break-out room activities are incorporated into the virtual modules.

Ideal Student

The ideal candidates are young women between 14-18 years of age. A curious, open-mind, and enjoys testing ideas and solving problems – someone looking to connect with others with similar interests in STEM, business and entrepreneurship. Students must have a parent/guardian sign a participation agreement to access the CDL community.

The Format

The CDL Apprentice Program offers six themed modules, each two hours in length and requires the participant to attend on the designated date and time. If accepted into the program, you can register for one or all of the offerings. Students who complete three modules will receive their CDL Apprentice Badge and a letter of achievement. Upon completion of four modules, a student receives the CDL Apprentice Grad status.

CDL Modules

The AI Module introduces students to the application of artificial intelligence and machine learning to a wide variety of problems. Understanding how pattern detection leads to prediction, optimization and automation impacting areas such as: computing hardware, sensors, robotics, computer vision, privacy and digital infrastructure.

The Ag Module includes the entire value chain of agriculture – from producer to plate – and the technologies driving change towards a more efficient and sustainable agriculture sector. Areas of focus include: sustainable agriculture, resource preservation, biotechnology, farm tech, food safety/quality, soil health/plant nutrition and livestock health and wellness.

The Climate Module highlights science and technology innovations tackling natural resource and climate challenges. Areas of interest include: renewable energy/alternative energy, landfill waste, power storage, manufacturing, transportation, carbon/methane sequestration, new materials, food tech and fresh/salt water preservation.

The Oceans Module introduces students to some of the world’s mega trends and the impact on ocean innovations. Emerging technologies transforming the sustainable ocean economy including: transportation/logistics, sustainable fishing and offshore aquaculture, ocean resources and marine bio-products in food, offshore energy, naval and defense.

The Matter Module introduces the materials value chain and why the innovations happening in this area are the underpinnings to solving some of the world’s largest problems from Climate to Healthcare. Areas of interest include; materials discovery, manufacturing processes, additive manufacturing, material recycling and circular economy.

The Health Module highlights science and technologies with the potential to meaningfully enhance human health and wellness. Areas of interest include: biotechnology, diagnostics tools/platforms, digital health, medical devices, therapeutics, biopharmaceuticals and other drug discoveries.

Program Dates

AI — December 2, 2021
Health — February 3, 2022
Energy — February 10, 2022
Oceans — February 24, 2022

*Further module dates to be confirmed


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Through CDL’s mission to transform science projects into massively scalable products and services that benefit humankind, a unique opportunity was formed. In 2015, CDL invited young women with an interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and entrepreneurship to participate in the CDL program.

Since its inception, the program has hosted over 900 students across the CDL network, which includes nine post-secondary institutions in four countries.

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