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For founders developing solutions that solve regulatory and technical challenges to the deployment of Artificial Intelligence Technology.

The Artificial Intelligence Stream at CDL Toronto brings together experienced exited entrepreneurs, leading scientists, and active investors to help scale ventures seeking to create innovations which expand the value and scalability of AI by addressing regulatory and technical challenges of deploying state-of-the-art AI at scale.

Specifically, the CDL-Toronto Stream is focused on the following themes:

  1. Regulatory Complements: Companies addressing the legal and regulatory barriers to the adoption of artificial intelligence, including Privacy and Security, Model and Data Compliance, and Model Transparency and Observability.
  2. Technical Complements: Innovations that increasingly make the development, deployment and monitoring of AI easier, cheaper and more effective. Areas of focus include Data Operations, Model Design and Development, and Model Deployment and Operations.

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 at CDL-Toronto is particularly suited to companies developing solutions which address technical and regulatory barriers to AI adoption and seek to make AI better. 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

  • Privacy and Security – Methods for protecting the confidentiality and security of data and models during training and in deployment without sacrificing on technological ability
  • Model and Data Compliance – Technologies that allow users to more easily assess or identify model risk and compliance issues
  • Model Transparency and Observability – Tools that allow for an increased understanding of model predictions and the continued tracking and monitoring of models
  • Data Operations – Technologies that improve the quality of data analytics and data management with the goal of improving the quality of ML predictions
  • Model Design and Development – Tools that reduce costs and barriers to design and build state of the art AI models or improve the quality of models
  • Model Deployment and Operations – Tools that reduce the cost and challenges of deploying models and maintaining models in deployment

The list above is not exhaustive. Contact cdl-toronto@creativedestructionlab.com to discuss the program and your venture with someone from the AI Stream.

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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 Toronto to help founders set objectives over the program’s nine-month duration.

Companies accepted to the CDL Artificial Intelligence Stream benefit from close interactions with entrepreneurs who have built, scaled, and successfully exited deep technology companies, as well as world-leading scientists and economists focused on advancing the fields of artificial intelligence and machine learning. These experts meet with companies periodically to evaluate their technologies, suggest improvements, and to explore formal advising engagements.

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For more information or to schedule an introduction meeting with the CDL team, email cdl-toronto@creativedestructionlab.com.
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“CDL was a six week forcing-function in the early days that obliged us to crystalize our product offering and go-to-market strategy. Thereafter, it blossomed into an intensive blend of piercing critiques, fruitful networking and invaluable mentorship. A number of CDL fellows eventually participated in our angel round, and the program was key in introducing us to our institutional co-leads as well…I want to thank CDL for challenging us to think big and for forcing us to get our act together.”

Sheldon Fernandez

CEO, Darwin AI | CDL-Toronto 2018/19

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