CDL-Paris operates in partnership with HEC Paris, located in the French capital; a centre of entrepreneurship in Europe and world-renowned breeding ground for scientific and technological research. CDL-Paris will mobilize academia from one of the global leading business schools and industries to help it’s entrepreneurs succeed.

Founded in 1881, HEC Paris is built on three core values: academic excellence, a strong sense of community, and a commitment to diversity. The school has developed into one of the world’s best business schools, as showcased in top international rankings – including being ranked the #1 business school in Europe by the Financial Times.

CDL-Paris Mentors have backgrounds as operators, investors or scientists in a variety of different industries. All Mentors ▶︎

Artificial Intelligence

For founders pursuing commercial opportunities predicated on the application of machine learning and artificial intelligence.


For founders developing high impact and scalable solutions to help preserve and protect the natural world.


For founders pursuing commercial opportunities that exploit the recent drop in the cost of accessing space and enable humanity to benefit from space-based technologies.

HEC-Paris Is thrilled to have partnered with the CDL to launch the first program of its kind in France. CDL uses a smart objective-setting process to turn today’s scientific breakthroughs into tomorrow’s world-changing businesses. The program is an intensive blend of fruitful networking, invaluable mentorship, and constructive critiques.
– Eloic Peyrache, Dean, HEC Paris

HEC Paris