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-Paris 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 growth) or even projects (pre-incorporation); however, startups at all levels of maturity will be considered. 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

  • Mobility, Transportation, and Infrastructure
  • Future of Food
  • Sustainable Materials/Manufacturing
  • Building & Cities
  • Renewable & Alternative Energy Transition
  • Greenhouse Gas Reduction, Carbon Sequestration and Removal
  • Risk Analysis & Management
  • Waste/Circular Economy
  • Resource extraction & Processing
  • Resource Preservation and Optimization

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

Companies accepted to the CDL Climate Stream 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-Paris Climate Stream mentors ▶︎

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

“CDL was a breakthrough for us. We suddenly had the professional guidance we needed at our fingertips! CDL has helped us develop our story to such an extent that we can now easily convince clients about what our added value is and how it would benefit them. It has really helped us establish our first sales!”

Linda Dijkshoorn

CEO of EV Biotech

“These are seasoned business people, but they also have a rich technical background, so they knew exactly what challenges we were facing. They also helped us liaise with people who could finance our work, including some of the mentors themselves”

Bruno Adhemar

CEO of SUBLIME Energie

Applications are now open!