Apply to the CDL program

For founders developing high impact, scalable solutions that tackle climate change and environmental degradation, to help preserve and protect our natural world.

The Climate Stream at CDL – Vancouver works with ventures tackling climate change issues in a broad range of industries.

CDL startups work with mentors to sharpen objectives, prioritize time and resources, raise capital, and engage with experts working on the frontiers of research.

The startups attend up to five 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.

Example Innovation Areas:

  • Greenhouse Gas Reduction, Carbon Sequestration and Removal
  • Infrastructure, Mobility, and Transportation
  • Future of Food Systems
  • Renewable & Alternative Energy Transition
  • Risk Analysis & Management
  • 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 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 Vancouver, BC 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. These experts meet with companies periodically to evaluate their technologies, suggest improvements, and to explore formal advising engagements.

See all CDL-Vancouver Climate Stream mentors ▶︎

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

“CDL uniquely focuses on the hard part of cleantech, providing long-needed support for companies that fall outside the realm of the more traditional software-centric funding community.”

Bill Brown

CDL-Vancouver Associate

“In many years of leadership experience, I tried to help bringing the best out of the people and CDL did the same to me. I found my best in our CDL journey with mentors who humbly listened to pH7 story and passionately reshaped our mission to bring pH7’s ambitious vision to life. I truly recommend all new ventures in any stages to benefit from CDL network.”

Mohammad Doostmohammadi

Founder and CEO of pH7 Technologies

“Eliminating single-use plastic waste is a global challenge that takes resources, ambition and focused vision. Our CDL mentor group has played an integral role in developing our fundraising model and market strategy to ensure that we build a strong foundation for rapid growth. The CDL-Vancouver climate stream has given us access to world-class expertise and to an extensive network of business leaders and investors. These relationships have helped us develop the core of our business so that we can deliver on our mission to accelerate the global transition from single-use plastics to sustainable alternatives.”

Jordan MacKenzie

CTO, Bioform Solution Inc. | CDL-Vancouver Climate 2020/21

Applications are now open!