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

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 is a non-profit organization. There are no fees for participation and CDL does not take any equity.

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

  • Medical Imaging
  • Brain & Stroke
  • Enterprise Software (SaaS)
  • Supply Chain, Logistics & Transportation
  • Hardware and Sensors

The list above is not exhaustive. Contact Natasha Spokes, CDL-Rockies’ Prime Stream Manager to discuss the program and your venture with someone from the 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 Calgary to help founders set objectives over the program’s nine-month duration.

Companies accepted to the CDL-Rockies Prime 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.

See all CDL-Rockies Prime Stream mentors ▶︎

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

Natasha Spokes
Prime Stream Manager, CDL-Rockies

“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 '18