For founders focused on disrupting the ocean economy with digital technologies and sustainable solutions.

The Oceans Stream at CDL-Atlantic operates at the forefront of the Ocean industry in Canada and brings together experienced entrepreneurs and investors, and leading scientists active worldwide in this sector. 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.

Ocean innovation is driven by mega trends such as global population growth, increased life expectancy, rising incomes, and expanding global trade. The Oceans cohort focuses on emerging technologies in underwater acoustics and imaging, sensors, robotics and autonomous underwater vehicles, data, predictive analytics, and any other technologies transforming the sustainable ocean economy.

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 Oceans Stream is particularly suited to highly-skilled, coachable entrepreneurs and researchers who operate in the Ocean Economy or are involved with impactful Oceanographic research. 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:


  • Transportation, shipping, and logistics
  • Sustainable fishing and offshore aquaculture
  • Ocean resources and marine bio-products in food, energy, nutraceuticals, and pharmaceuticals
  • Offshore energy and marine renewable energy
  • Naval and defense

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

Our Mentors

CDL mentors include accomplished entrepreneurs, experienced operators, active angel and venture investors, world-leading scientists, engineers, and economists. Typically, mentors meet every eight weeks in Halifax to help founders set objectives over the program’s nine-month duration. In order to leverage international expertise, the CDL Oceans stream will use a hybrid model of two in-person meetings in Halifax coupled with two virtual meetings.

Companies accepted to the CDL Oceans Stream benefit from partnerships with Canada’s Ocean Supercluster, Ocean Frontier Institute, Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship (COVE), DeepSense, Ocean Sciences Centre, Dalhousie University & Memorial University. These experts meet with companies periodically to evaluate their technologies, suggest improvements, and to explore formal advising engagements.

CDL-Atlantic is proud to be collaborating with The Economist, which will host its inaugural World Ocean Tech and Innovation Summit in October, prior to our CDL Oceans specialty stream launch on October 16, 2020.

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

“CDL has been an incredible experience that has made our company much stronger, positioned us for rapid growth and made me a better CEO.  The focused expertise in the Oceans stream and access to exceptional mentors, scientific advisors, and investors provided an unparalleled level of knowledge and insight, while the objective-based goal-setting forced us to accomplish the milestones needed for success.”

Julie Angus

CEO, Open Ocean Robotics - CDL-Atlantic Alumni '20

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