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 mentors, with experience building and scaling technology companies, set targets for ventures to hit every eight weeks, with the goal of maximizing their equity-value.
Between 2012 and 2016, companies from CDL at the Rotman School of Management’s first four years generated over $800 million in equity value.
Each year CDL-West admits 25 ventures into an industry & technology agnostic stream, ‘Prime’, with startups tackling problems across a wide range of application areas and leveraging an equally wide range of underpinning technologies.
In addition to admitting 25 industry and technology agnostic ‘Prime’ ventures, CDL-West offers a ‘Health’ stream exclusively for startups pursuing translational science and technology innovations that improve human health and wellness.
World Class Mentorship
CDL is a mentorship first program; participating ventures will have the opportunity to interact directly with Fellow & Associate mentors in order to identify and customize achievable but challenging, and most importantly relevant, practical objectives. CDL Fellows & Associates are the highest calibre resource for judgment; they have built significant technology companies themselves and are better positioned than anyone to help Founders, who are trying to solve big problems, make meaningful progress in building a disruptive, scalable business.