For founders developing high impact and scalable solutions to help preserve and protect the natural world.

The CDL Climate Stream at CDL-Paris 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.

CDL startups work with CDL mentors to sharpen objectives, prioritize time and resources, raise capital, and engage with experts working on the frontiers of climate research. With the CDL process and structure, we will help founders accelerate the commercialization trajectory of novel innovations to become massively scalable ventures that have substantial positive climate and societal impacts.

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 CDL Climate Stream is particularly suited to technical founders who are tackling natural resource and climate challenges predicated on novel innovations across a wide variety of enabling technology categories. 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

  • Renewable/alternative energy
  • Food tech, agricultural tech and aquaculture
  • Landfill waste
  • New materials
  • Circular economy
  • Power storage
  • Infrastructure/ manufacturing
  • Transportation
  • Carbon/methane sequestration
  • Fresh and saltwater system preservation

The list above is not exhaustive. To discuss mutual fit between your venture and CDL-Climate, please contact the CDL Climate at

Our Mentors

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

Companies accepted to the CDL Climate Stream benefit from mentors and partners with the experience, motivation, network, and capital to navigate the complex process of developing and implementing climate-related technologies. Mentor and venture relationships are built through CDL engineered interactions and in some cases extend beyond the program through ongoing advisory roles.

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To learn more about CDL Climate or to schedule an introductory meeting with the CDL team, please contact the CDL Climate team:

“One of the most challenging hurdles for clean-tech companies is how to speed up deployment and implementation cycles at scale. Throughout our 9-month journey as part of CDL-Vancouver 2017/2018 Prime Stream, Clir harnessed invaluable support and mentorship from the CDL community, covering global expansion, sales strategy, technical roadmap, and financing strategy with CDL mentors participating in our seed round in 2018. CDL’s mentorship driven model helped Clir build a repeatable and scalable sales model, which directly supported our Series A round in 2019, also led by a CDL affiliated mentor at an institutional VC firm.”

Clir Renewables

CDL-Vancouver Alumni '18