Apply to the CDL program

For founders developing high impact and scalable solutions to help preserve and protect our planet.

The Climate Stream at CDL-Oxford will provide high impact contributions to climate challenges by unlocking the potential of cutting-edge research and accelerating its path to commercialization.

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 Climate Stream is particularly suited to technical founders who are tackling climate, natural resource and environmental challenges predicated on novel innovations across a wide variety of enabling technology categories. This stream is tailored towards early-stage companies (early venture or pre-series A) or even projects (pre-incorporation); however, startups at all levels of maturity will be considered.

Example Innovation Areas

  • Energy
  • Mobility
  • Future of Food
  • New materials & manufacturing
  • Waste & circular economy
  • Buildings & cities
  • Greenhouse gas removal
  • Climate adaptation
  • SynBio

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

Companies accepted to the CDL-Oxford Climate benefit from mentors and partners with the experience, motivation, network, and capital to navigate the complex process of developing and implementing climate-related technologies. Mentor and venture relationships are built through CDL engineered interactions and in some cases extend beyond the program through ongoing advisory roles. These experts meet with companies periodically to evaluate their technologies, suggest improvements, and to explore formal advising engagements.

See all CDL-Oxford Climate Stream mentors ▶︎

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

“I am very excited to join CDL-Oxford Climate stream as a mentor. It is such a great opportunity to play my part in accelerating the commercialisation of scaleable seed stage science and technology companies with the potential to make a difference in finding the right path through the energy transition.”

Emma Fitzgerald

Former CEO, Puma Energy

Applications are now open!