For founders pursuing commercial applications based on the discovery and development of materials with superior performance over conventional alternatives.

The Matter Stream at CDL-Toronto will provide technical and business guidance, as well as access to capital, to entrepreneurs working on discovering, developing or recycling advanced materials across the value chain.

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

The startups attend up to 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 Matter Stream is suited to ventures along the materials value chain; materials discovery, development, manufacture and recycling. 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

  • Materials discovery platforms (e.g., hardware, software)
  • Novel material manufacturing processes
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Modified or novel materials with superior properties over conventional alternatives
  • Products made from modified or novel materials
  • Material recycling and circular economy

The list above is not exhaustive. Contact to discuss the program and your venture with someone from the Matter 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 to help founders set objectives over the program’s nine-month duration.

Companies accepted to the CDL Matter Stream benefit from mentors in the advanced materials space with experience in investment in materials ventures, operating companies, affecting policy, and operating within large enterprises. 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

“When I moved to Toronto, I was amazed by what the Creative Destruction Lab has done for our innovation ecosystem. Most of the emerging challenges that our world is facing in this century, ranging from climate change to health, require the rapid development of novel molecules and materials. This new CDL track will focus on helping young entrepreneurs build scalable companies in this space.”

Alán Aspuru-Guzik

Professor of Chemistry and Computer Science at the University of Toronto

“Looking back, it’s hard to imagine where our company would be right now without CDL and the mentors who are continuing to support us today. We are in a position now where we have a clear vision for our company and the resources to effectively execute and scale our business.”

MesoMat Team

CDL-Toronto ‘19