For founders building massively scalable, science and technology-based startups.

The Prime (General Technology) Stream at CDL-Atlantic operates from Halifax, Nova Scotia, one of Canada’s largest tech-hubs and a centre for ocean-related and clean technologies. The stream brings together many of the region’s most experienced entrepreneurs, investors, and scientists from diverse fields including software development, infrastructure, food and agriculture, and clean technology. 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.

“We entered CDL in September running on fumes, struggling to know what market to focus on, unsure of our business model, and unclear on how to articulate our value proposition. One of the many things I am most thankful for is how the Fellows and our MBA team helped us find our sense of direction and gain a new clarity of vision. This process was challenging and yet invigorating to our entire team. It gave us the validation that we were on the path to building something substantial and ultimately helped us close a $1.4M seed round.”

Scott Everett

Cofounder & CEO, Eigen Innovations

CDL-Toronto Alumnus ’15

Who Should Apply?

The CDL-Atlantic Prime Stream is particularly suited to coachable research teams and startups based in Atlantic Canada. In 2018, a portion of the annual intake will be dedicated to ocean-related and clean technology companies. The remaining intake will be industry agnostic. 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

    • clean technologies (e.g., renewable energy, batteries, green transportation, green chemistry, etc.)
    • ocean technology (e.g., sensors and mapping, autonomous underwater vehicles, transportation, aquaculture, etc.)
  • software and information technology (e.g., AI, IoT, blockchain)

The list above is not exhaustive.

Contact to discuss the program and your venture with someone from the CDL-Atlantic Prime Stream.


CDL Alumni

Our Mentors

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

Jevon MacDonald
Christine Apold
John Risley
Ozge Yeloglu

Full list of CDL-Atlantic Fellows and Associates  

Our Scientists

Companies accepted to the CDL-Atlantic Prime Stream benefit from periodic advising sessions with world-leading scientists in fields like computer science and chemical engineering. These experts meet with companies periodically to evaluate their technologies, suggest improvements, and to explore formal advising engagements.

Jeff Dahn
Mary Anne White
Alice Aiken
Mike Smit


The CDL-Atlantic Prime Stream operates one annual cohort at CDL-Atlantic in Halifax, Canada.   For more information or to schedule an introduction meeting with the CDL team, email