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CDL Space is an international program based out of three CDL locations, CDL-Toronto, CDL-Atlanta and CDL-Paris for pre-Seed to pre-Series A technology startups and designed to support both space and Earth-based technology.
The program brings together astronauts, entrepreneurs, investors, and scientists from fields related to space exploration and transportation, satellite communications, Earth observation, automation, and robotics. CDL startups work with these mentors to sharpen objectives, prioritize time and resources, raise capital, build networks and engage with experts working on the frontiers of research.
The startups attend 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.
CDL Space is particularly suited to coachable startup companies who are applying artificial intelligence and other advanced technologies to exploit commercial opportunities related to space and space-based services. 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. Companies from more than 15 countries have participated in the program.
Example Innovation Areas:
The list above is not exhaustive. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the program and your venture with someone from CDL Space.
CDL mentors include accomplished entrepreneurs, experienced operators, and active angel and venture investors. Mentors meet every eight weeks to help founders set objectives over the program’s nine-month duration.
For more information or to schedule an introduction meeting with the CDL team, email email@example.com.
“By assembling a community of world-class experts and founders, we will push the boundaries of the commercial space industry. We are at the frontier of a new space economy. Now is the time to place a bet on the next generation of space entrepreneurs.”
First Canadian Commander of the International Space Station | CDL Space
“A whole slew of investment meetings that we had over the last few months were a direct result of the connections that we made at CDL.”
CEO, Mission Control Space Services | CDL Space
“The heart of what [CDL does] is encourage you to focus. We’ve gone from the group of really excited, talented founders with ideas to now having minimum viable product.”
Dr. Allyson Hindle
Co-founder, Leap Biosystems | CDL Space
“This is a period of time we call New Space, where innovative business and new technology is opening up into a much broader and more agile space industry. It’s important to bring people on the technological side (and that is essentially the kind of people space attracts) who have until recently only known government-funded programs. We give a faster paced, more responsive business model to industry”
Consultant, CATx Technology | CDL Space
“We have been challenged out of our comfort zone. Our strategy is much better, much tighter. It has allowed us to think much bigger. Our scale and pace has changed since CDL. Any company that has aspirations to grow a massive global business should apply to CDL.”
CEO, R3 loT | CDL Space Alumni 2020/21
“You can’t just make a product in your garage or on your computer, and send it up on a rocket. You’ve got to be innovative about what you do to prove the value of your product to customers and to get customer traction. CDL helped us think about that.”
CEO, Wyvern | CDL Space Alumni 2018/19