For founders building solutions applicable throughout the entire Ag value chain—from producer to plate.

CDL Ag at CDL-Rockies. Scale and Commercialize Your Startup with the Support of Industry Leaders

The CDL-Rockies’ Ag stream is based in Calgary and leverages the region’s vast pool of expertise in agricultural technology and science to help founders massively scale and rapidly commercialize their startup. CDL is an objective-based program whereby founders work with and learn from experienced entrepreneurs, as well as world-class scientists, economists and business students with deep subject matter expertise. Companies enter the program through a competitive application process and, if accepted, will begin the nine-month program with a cohort of their peers.

CDL is a non-profit organization. There are no fees for participation and CDL does not take any equity. Learn more about the CDL program.

Who Should Apply?

The CDL-Rockies’ Ag stream is for founders building scalable solutions applicable throughout the entire AgriFood value chain—from producer to plate. CDL Ag will focus on new technologies with the potential to significantly impact or improve current operations within the following areas:

Example Innovation Areas

  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Resource preservation
  • Biotechnology
  • Farm tech
  • Food safety and quality
  • Processing and manufacturing
  • Logistics and transportation
  • Soil health and plant nutrition
  • Livestock health and wellness

Ideal candidates will be based in Canada or the United States and consist of a team with two to four technical co-founders with industry experience. At least one founder will be full time and the venture will either have a CEO in place or a suitable candidate already on the team. Their technology will be at a Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of three and above (3+), patented or patentable, owned by the founder and have the potential to be massively scalable.

Not sure if CDL Ag is right for you? Contact Anita Ludwar, CDL-Rockies’ Ag Stream Manager, for more information or to speak with someone about the program.

Our Mentors

Mentors form the backbone of all CDL programs by providing the expert guidance early-stage companies need to improve their probability of success. Those participating in the Ag stream are industry leaders, including accomplished entrepreneurs, experienced operators, active angel and venture investors and world-class scientists and economists.

Below, you’ll find information about a few of our distinguished CDL Ag stream mentors.

See all Ag mentors ▶︎

For more information or to schedule an introduction meeting with the CDL team, email:

Anita Ludwar
Ag Stream Manager, CDL-Rockies