For founders developing state of the art technological innovations across diverse industries.

The Prime 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 is industry agnostic, and 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.

Who Should Apply?

The Prime Stream is particularly suited to coachable research teams and startups based in Atlantic Canada.

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.)
  • 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.

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 Halifax to help founders set objectives over the program’s nine-month duration.

Companies accepted to the CDL-Atlantic Prime Stream benefit from expert advice and guidance from industry leaders in the Atlantic region. 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

“The CDL-Atlantic program was essential for Jaza – it forced us to pressure test our ideas. We walked away from the program seeing our business through the eyes of some of our region’s most successful business leaders. We now have the mentors, investors and the perspective necessary to take Jaza to the next level.”

Sandy McArthur

COO, Jaza Energy (Sackville, NB) - CDL-Atlantic '18