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

The Prime stream at CDL-Rockies brings together many of the region’s most experienced entrepreneurs, investors, and scientists from diverse fields. CDL startups work with these mentors to set objectives, prioritize time and resources, raise capital, and engage with experts working on the frontiers of research.

Startups accepted into the CDL program attend five objective-setting sessions between October and June. Founders will work with CDL mentors to set objectives, prioritize time and resources, raise capital, and engage with experts working on the frontiers of research. There are no fees for participation and CDL does not take any equity.

Who Should Apply?

The industry-agnostic CDL-Rockies Prime stream is particularly suited to coachable research teams and startups with differentiated technology and the potential for massive growth. This Stream is tailored towards early-stage companies (early venture or growth); however, startups at all levels of maturity will be considered.

Example Innovation Areas

  • Mobility/Logistics/Transportation
  • Remote Monitoring/IoT/Sensors
  • FinTech
  • Cybersecurity
  • PropTech
  • Interactive digital media
  • Enterprise software (SaaS)

Contact Amelie Schumacher, CDL-Rockies’ Stream Manager, to discuss if your venture is suited for the Prime 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 Calgary to help founders set objectives over the program’s nine-month duration.

Companies accepted to the CDL-Rockies Prime Stream benefit from periodic advising sessions with scientists and economists who are world-leading experts to evaluate their technologies, suggest improvements, and to explore formal advising engagements.

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

Amelie Schumacher
Stream Manager, CDL-Rockies

“It took maybe less than 24 hours to realize that CDL presented something that was vastly different than what I had typically gone through from an accelerator standpoint.  Within the first few months, it was pretty intense.  You are surrounded by some very skilled people both in the investment community as well as in the technical community and they start poking holes in your business model and in your idea and it’s not because they want to tear it down and be negative but rather they want to show you the obvious flaws that are missing so I really paid attention to that. I had to really listen to what was being said and from that I was able to build, with my colleagues, a very robust business model that has been successful as a result of that refinement that CDL presented to us.  Quite frankly, I’m not sure we would still be here had it not been for the input from CDL.”

Jaeson Cardiff

CEO, CleanO2 Carbon Capture Technologies - CDL-Rockies Alumnus ’19

Applications are now open!