The Prime Stream at CDL-Atlantic operates from Halifax, Nova Scotia, one of Canada’s largest tech-hubs. The stream is industry agnostic, and brings together many of the region’s most experienced entrepreneurs, investors, and scientists from diverse fields.
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. Distinct from CDL’s specialized streams that each focus on a particular industry or technology, CDL Prime admits ventures pursuing many different applications of technology to industry problems.
Startups accepted into the CDL Program attend up to five objective-setting sessions between October and June. There are no fees for participation and CDL does not take any equity.
The CDL-Atlantic Prime Stream is particularly focused on showcasing Atlantic Canadian companies to the world, is 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) or even projects (pre-incorporation); however, startups at all levels of maturity will be considered.
CDL mentors include accomplished entrepreneurs, experienced operators, active angel and venture investors, world-leading scientists, engineers, and economists. Mentors and CDL-Atlantic startups formally meet five times in a structured format over the program’s nine-month duration to help founders set short–term objectives.
Companies accepted to the CDL-Atlantic Prime Stream benefit from expert advice and guidance from industry leaders in the Atlantic region and beyond. These experts meet with companies periodically between the set sessions to evaluate their technologies, suggest improvements, and explore formal advising engagements.