The CDL Web3 program is now accepting applicants for the 2024/25 program year! 

Applications are due June 14, 2024.

Please use the link below to submit your application. 

Apply for the 2024/25 CDL Web3 program

CDL Web3 is an 11-month startup program offered at HEC Montréal and the Rotman School of Management. Beginning in late July and concluding in mid June, the CDL Web3 stream supports founders that are building the next iteration of the internet through decentralized and metaverse technologies. 

The Web3 stream brings together experienced entrepreneurs, technologists, and active investors to help scale ventures developing blockchain and metaverse technologies. CDL Web3 is tailored for visionary entrepreneurs developing applications that have the potential to transform financial institutions, disrupt the gaming industry, or bring bold innovation in governance. 

The CDL Web3 program consists of 2 components:

  • CDL Web3 Bootcamp is an intensive 1-week virtual crypto-economics and business bootcamp led by industry and academic leaders in blockchain, peer-to-peer networking.
  • CDL Mentorship program includes up to 4 objective-setting sessions to sharpen objectives, prioritize time and resources, and help raise capital in addition to an international networking Super Session for graduating Ventures.

Who Should Apply?

The CDL Web3 program is ideal for visionary, coachable founders building technologies across the blockchain and metaverse technology stack. 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.

CDL Web3 Technology/Industry Applications

  • Decentralized Applications (dApps)
  • Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs)
  • Infrastructure
  • Metaverse and NFTs
  • Ventures servicing Web3 companies/ecosystem (Web3 SaaS)

CDL Web3 Alumni Companies

CDL Alumni Companies are changing the world every day as impactful new companies that seek to enhance the commercialization of science for the betterment of humankind. Below are a few examples of companies who have graduated from CDL Web3:


All CDL Web3 Alumni Companies ▶︎

Our Mentors

Mentors are the backbone of the Creative Destruction Lab program because they provide expert guidance for early-stage technology companies to grow and improve their probability of success. CDL brings together experienced exited entrepreneurs, world-class scientists, and active investors (VCs and angels) with early-stage technology startups to help guide companies. Below are a few examples of CDL Web3 mentors:

To contact a representative and/or to learn more about how Web3 Stream can benefit your company, please send an email to

“Maple gained immense value from participating in the CDL Blockchain program, it provided a valuable network of like minded entrepreneurs and mentors that we have continued to keep in contact with. The structure of the program also helped us to set and achieve rigorous milestones which were pivotal in Maple’s embryonic stage.”

Sidney Powell

CEO, Maple Finance

“CDL attracted exceptional mentors that were able to help us achieve our goals and significantly grow. Our mentors, Paul Desmarais III, Josh Felker and Bertrand Nepveu, connected us with key opinion leaders which were crucial to the success of our venture.”

Mathieu Baril

CEO, Octav Labs

Applications are now open!