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For founders developing Artificial Intelligence solutions to massively scalable products, services, and business processes.

The Artificial Intelligence Stream at CDL-Montreal supports ventures with a direct application of AI, from Computer Vision, Digital Infrastructure, NLP and Data Analytics. Located in the epicenter of AI research in North America, this stream provides access to world-renowned researchers affiliated with MILA (Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms) and IVADO.

CDL-Montreal focuses on ventures pursuing innovative applications of AI to a large range of industries and business problems. Topics include:

  • Healthcare: Assistive Tech, Mental Health Tech, Digital Health, Data Management
  • Finance: Conversational Banking, Decentralized Finance, PayFac Enablers
  • IT: Low/No code platforms, TinyML, AIOps, Generative AI
  • Others: Sports Tech, eDiscovery Platforms, Climate Risk Modeling as a Services, AI-Enhanced Learning

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.

Who Should Apply?

The Artificial Intelligence Stream is particularly suited to coachable teams with diverse expertise and a strong technical background. This stream is tailored towards early-stage companies (early venture or growth); however, startups at all levels of maturity will be considered.

Example Innovation Areas

  • Natural language processing, generation, and understanding
  • Computer vision, AR and VR
  • Cybersecurity, digital trust and privacy 
  • Data analytics and compression
  • Data repositories and synthetic data
  • Digital infrastructure, accessible AI tooling 
  • IoT, sensors, data-enabled industry
  • Causal and Inference Learning; Transfer Learning; Artificial General Intelligence

The list above is not exhaustive. Contact to discuss the program and your venture with someone from the Artificial Intelligence 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 Montreal to help founders set objectives over the program’s nine-month duration.

Companies accepted to the CDL Artificial Intelligence Stream benefit from operational, financing and technical expertise from mentors experienced in a large array of AI fields including NLP, Machine Learning, Neural Networks and Digital Health. These experts meet with companies periodically to evaluate their technologies, suggest improvements, and to explore formal advising engagements.

See all CDL-Montreal AI Stream mentors ▶︎

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

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