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For founders pursuing state of the art technological innovations across diverse industries.

Distinct from CDL’s specialized streams that each focus on a particular industry or technology, CDL Prime admits diverse ventures pursuing many different applications of technology to industry problems. Strong Prime ventures include those with differentiated technology, regardless of having selected a target industry vertical.

In 2012, Creative Destruction Lab launched a general program that eventually became known as the CDL Prime Stream. The stream accepts ventures in three CDL locations:

“CDL pushed us to take the audacious idea and articulate it as an executable plan, to keep pushing our metrics every meeting, and to stand in pride of our achievements.”


CDL-Toronto Prime 2017/2018

Our Mentors

CDL mentors include accomplished entrepreneurs, experienced operators, and active angel and venture investors. Mentors meet every eight weeks at the CDL sites to help founders set objectives over the program’s nine-month duration. Most mentors participate only at a single CDL site; however, some participate at multiple sites.

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Applications are now open!