For founders pursuing commercial opportunities predicated on the application of machine learning and artificial intelligence.

The Artificial Intelligence Stream at CDL-Toronto, CDL-Montreal, 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.

CDL startups work with these mentors to sharpen objectives, prioritize time and resources, raise capital, and engage with experts working on the frontiers of research.

The startups attend five in-person objective-setting sessions between October and June. 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 Artificial Intelligence Stream is particularly suited to visionary, coachable founders building technologies that leverage artificial intelligence, or that are solving problems that will significantly advance the field of artificial intelligence. This stream is tailored towards early-stage companies (early venture or growth) or even projects (pre-incorporation); however, startups at all levels of maturity will be considered.

Example Innovation Areas:

  • Digital Infrastructure
  • Computing hardware, sensors, and robotics
  • Natural Language Processing and Natural Language Understanding
  • Computer Vision
  • Data Analytics
  • Privacy
  • Data Compression and Computing Energy Efficiency
  • Data Repositories and Synthetic Data
  • Interpretability and Explainability
  • Accessible AI Tooling
  • Causal and Inference Learning
  • Transfer Learning
  • Artificial General Intelligence

The list above is not exhaustive. Contact to discuss the program and your venture with someone from the Artificial Intelligence Stream.

Our Mentors

CDL mentors include accomplished entrepreneurs, experienced operators, active angel and venture investors, world-leading scientists, engineers, and economists. Mentors meet every eight weeks in Toronto, Montreal, and Oxford to help founders set objectives over the program’s nine-month duration.

Companies accepted to the CDL Artificial Intelligence Stream benefit from close interactions with entrepreneurs who have built, scaled, and successfully exited deep technology companies, as well as world-leading scientists and economists focused on advancing the fields of artificial intelligence and machine learning. These experts meet with companies periodically to evaluate their technologies, suggest improvements, and to explore formal advising engagements.

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

“CDL was a six week forcing-function in the early days that obliged us to crystalize our product offering and go-to-market strategy. Thereafter, it blossomed into an intensive blend of piercing critiques, fruitful networking and invaluable mentorship. A number of CDL fellows eventually participated in our angel round, and the program was key in introducing us to our institutional co-leads as well…I want to thank CDL for challenging us to think big and for forcing us to get our act together.”

Sheldon Fernandez

CEO, Darwin AI | CDL-Toronto 2018/19