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

The general technology or “Prime” stream includes startups in an array of industries with deep-science and technology innovations. The Prime stream is industry agnostic, with startups tackling problems in healthcare, industrials, cleantech, advanced materials, mining, agriculture and biotech sectors, amongst others. Technologies in the Prime stream include advanced engineering, artificial intelligence, AR/VR, electronics, blockchain, nanotech, biomedical, and general IT applications, amongst others.

The Prime stream at CDL-Rockies brings together many of the region’s most experienced entrepreneurs, investors, and scientists from diverse fields. 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 operates as a non-profit organization. There are no fees for participation and CDL does not take any equity. Learn more about the CDL program.

“CDL-Rockies transformed SensorUp. We increased our workforce by 50 per cent and we expect to grow our revenue at least 100 per cent this year. The advice is from brilliant minds that have grown startups to multi-million-dollar companies. This ‘battle-proven’ advice is not easy to find, but CDL provides it.”

Steve Liang

CEO, SensorUp

CDL-Rockies Alumnus ’18

Who Should Apply?

The industry agnostic CDL-Rockies Prime Stream is particularly suited to coachable research teams and startups based in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. 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

    • ag-biotech
    • natural resources extraction
    • digital oil and gas
    • power including generation, storage, transmission and renewables
    • blockchain
    • transportation and logistics
    • supply chain
    • industrial

The list above is not exhaustive.

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


CDL-Calgary 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.

T. Chen Fong, C.M.
Kristina Williams
Paul Lee
Susan Anderson
Barry Allen
Jeff Booth
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 in technology energy technologies and in the future of the energy industry. These experts meet with companies periodically to evaluate their technologies, suggest improvements, and to explore formal advising engagements.

Anna Koop
Kristina Rinker
George Shimizu
Alexander Whalley

Full list of CDL-Rockies Scientists


The CDL-Rockies Prime 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