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

The Prime (General Technology) Stream at CDL-West operates from Vancouver, British Columbia, Western Canada’s largest economic and scientific hub. The stream brings together many of the region’s most experienced entrepreneurs, investors, and scientists from diverse fields including software and hardware, 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.

“I think a company with great fit for the CDL will have two things. The first is a very strong technology. The CDL seems to do a good job of helping founders think through the overall business, especially first-time entrepreneurs who have a deeply technical focus. [Second,] is when the CDL is the first meaningful outside help or investment for the company. If you’re a serial entrepreneur, or working in a hot area, it’s a lot easier to raise through a VC, even at the seed stage it’s easy, but what’s interesting about the CDL is that we can serve pockets that are underserved.”

Boris Wertz

Founder, Version one Ventures

Who Should Apply?

The CDL-West Prime Stream is particularly suited to coachable research teams and startups based in British Columbia and the west coast of the United States. It 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

    • agriculture
    • applied artificial intelligence
    • clean technology
    • nanotechnology
    • finance
    • blockchain

The list above is not exhaustive.

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


CDL-West Alumni

Our Mentors

CDL mentors include accomplished entrepreneurs, experienced operators, and active angel and venture investors. Mentors meet every eight weeks at CDL-West in Vancouver to help founders set objectives over the programs nine-month duration.

Christopher Bissonnette
Jeff Booth
Colin Harris
Ray Muzyka
Barney Pell
Gerri Sinclair
Boris Wertz

Full list of CDL-West Fellows and Associates  

Our Scientists

Companies accepted to the CDL-West Prime Stream benefit from periodic advising sessions with world-leading scientists in fields like computer science and engineering. These experts meet with companies to evaluate their technologies, suggest improvements, and provide guidance on development activities.

Purang Abolmaesumi
Elicia Maine
Robert Rohling
Tim Salcudean

Full list of CDL-West Scientists


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