Creative Destruction Lab West


Creative Destruction Lab West

Creative Destruction Lab West is a seed-stage program designed to help science-based technology companies maximize their commercial impact and benefit to society.

An extension of the Creative Destruction Lab at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, CDL West at UBC Sauder provides a much-needed support system to ensure innovators in Western Canada can access the mentorship and funding they need to scale up and grow in the region.

Building something massive

CDL West uses a goal-setting model to push ventures along a path toward success. Over nine months, a collective of leading entrepreneurs with experience building and scaling technology companies – called the G7 – sets targets for ventures to hit every eight weeks, with the goal of maximizing their equity-value. 

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Venture Success

Between 2012 and 2016, companies from CDL at the Rotman School of Management’s first four years generated over $800 million in equity value.

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BioMedTech Cohort

In addition to admitting 25 industry agnostic ‘Prime’ ventures, CDL - West offers a ‘BioMedTech’ stream exclusively for startups exploring biomedical advances.

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World Class Mentorship

The G7 know how to help ventures build and scale their companies. They’ve done it themselves.

Jeff Booth
Founder, Build Direct

Paul Geyer
CEO, LightIntegra Technology Inc.

Colin Harris
Co-founder, PMC-Sierra

Jeff Mallet
Founding COO, Yahoo!

Lisa Shields
Founder, Hyperwallet System

Boris Wertz
Founder, Version One Ventures

Barney Pell
Founder, LocoMobi

Christopher Bissonnette
Founding Partner, CDL-West Managing Partner, Pallasite Ventures

Dr. T. Chen. Fong
Professor, Department of Radiology, UCalgary

Meet the full G7 team. More