For founders developing technologies that will transform the retail and CPG industries.

The Commerce Stream at CDL-Atlanta brings together experienced exited entrepreneurs, leading scientists, and active investors to help scale ventures based around technologies that support the transformation of the retail and consumer packaged goods industries, and commercial exchange.

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 one-day objective-setting sessions between November and July. There are no fees for participation and CDL does not take any equity. CDL is a non-profit organization. Learn more about the CDL program here.

Who Should Apply?

The Commerce Stream is particularly suited to ventures with a focus on logistics and inventory solutions, payments, cybersecurity, digitization of retail, last mile delivery, warehouse robotics, and other automation technologies. 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

  • Logistics and supply chain resiliency
  • Inventory solutions
  • Warehouse robotics and other automation technologies
  • Voice controlled retail
  • Payments
  • Fintech
  • Cybersecurity

The list above is not exhaustive. Contact the CDL Commerce team at to discuss the program and your venture.

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 Atlanta, Georgia to help founders set objectives over the program’s nine-month duration.

CDL’s Scientists, Economists, and Investigators 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-Atlanta is located in Atlanta, Georgia (USA) at Georgia Tech’s Scheller College of Business. CDL-Atlanta is at the epicenter of commerce and innovation in the southeast US. Bolstered by the strength of the region’s previous successful entrepreneurs and elite researchers from across the Southeast, CDL-Atlanta supports the commercialization of ventures innovating in commerce, logistics, engineering, public health, finance, consumer health, transportation, and more. As Atlanta is home to many of the largest corporate headquarters and is a transportation and logistics hub for the world ventures can gain access to large addressable markets in many industries.

Sid Mookerji

Founder and Managing Partner of Silicon Road Ventures | Founding Partner, CDL-Atlanta