June 13, 2021 – To say that Creative Destruction Lab’s (CDL) achievements this year were unexpected doesn’t quite cover it. 

The non-profit program for seed-stage, science and tech-based startups was launched in 2012 with the goal of facilitating $50 million (CAD) in equity value creation over five years. This year, the value created by participating ventures has exceeded $12 billion. CDL also launched a new site in Seattle, which is set to accept its first cohort of companies for October 2021; created a spin-off organization to do rapid COVID-19 screening at workplaces; and shifted to an entirely online model, including at three new sites in Paris, Atlanta, and Wisconsin. 

CDL will finish the year with a fittingly unique celebration. From June 14 to 18, graduating ventures will meet for a Super Session to showcase their breakthroughs, finalize early-stage investment and network with top technical and business talent. It’s the first time a CDL Super Session will be held virtually. 

The Super Session will feature a huge range of talent from diverse fields around the world. Companies from all nine CDL sites — Toronto, Oxford, Paris, Atlanta, Wisconsin, Atlantic, Montreal, Rockies and Vancouver — will be there. Every stream from the 2020/21 Program Year will be represented, including companies from CDL’s programs in Health, AI, Quantum, Matter, Oceans, Space, Prime (the general stream), Climate, Energy, Agriculture, Risk, Commerce, Supply Chain and Blockchain.

Participants will be briefed by top industry leaders: 

Mentors will also moderate discussions about specific ventures and what they should focus on to increase their scalability. 

The Super Session is all about five days of learning, discussion and celebration, after a year that was truly like no other.

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Amarpreet Kaur
Associate Director, Creative Destruction Lab