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For founders developing transformational technologies for the energy industry.

The Energy Stream at CDL-Rockies operates from the epicenter of the energy industry in Canada and brings together experienced entrepreneurs and investors, and leading scientists active in the energy sector. The Energy cohort focuses on emerging technologies in oil & gas, cleantech and power.

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.


“CDL brings leading industry experts in one room, creating the opportunity to talk to them in one afternoon instead of many separate meetings. The momentum from the CDL program and fellows allowed us to raise $1 million in equity within six weeks.”


John Van Pol

Co-Founder & CEO, Ingu Solutions Inc.

Who Should Apply?

The Energy Stream is particularly suited to coachable research teams and startups in fields tied to the energy industry. 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

    • Extractive processes and products
    • Energy infrastructure, pipelines, smart grid and transportation
    • Power including generation, storage, transmission and renewables
    • Bioenergy and biorefineries
    • Recycling, recovery and remediation
    • Industrial processes and products
    • Water and wastewater
    • Energy efficiency and green buildings
    • Natural resources extraction
    • Digital oil and gas

The list above is not exhaustive. Contact energy@creativedestructionlab.com to discuss the program and your venture with someone from the Energy Stream.


Representative CDL Alumni

Our Mentors

CDL mentors include accomplished entrepreneurs, experienced operators, and active angel and venture investors. Mentors meet every eight weeks in Calgary to help founders set objectives over the program’s nine-month duration.

Scott Saxberg
Marty Reed
Jim W. Davidson
Judy Fairburn
Gerri Sinclair

Full list of CDL-Rockies Fellows and Associates  

Our Scientists

Companies accepted to the CDL Energy Stream benefit from periodic advising sessions with scientists and economists who are world-leading experts on energy technologies and the energy industry. These experts meet with companies periodically to evaluate their technologies, suggest improvements, and to explore formal advising engagements.

Peter Tertzakian
Steven Bryant
Steve Larter
Mike Dixon

Full list of CDL-Rockies Scientists  


The Energy Stream operates one annual cohort at CDL-Rockies in Calgary, Canada.   For more information or to schedule an introduction meeting with the CDL team, email energy@creativedestructionlab.com