Am I a fit for CDL?
Most companies that are accepted into the CDL program have a working prototype or proof of concept and will be ready to raise their seed round during the program. CDL will accept companies that are earlier or later stage in some cases if they are exceptional in other areas.
What stream should I apply to?
Every CDL site has a Prime (general) stream and a specialized stream. Ventures should consider their market, technology and location when seeking out a CDL location. CDL-Rockies Prime stream is open to technologies in all industries, while our Energy stream will be composed of energy technology companies, supported by a specialized team of scientists, economists, Fellows and Associates who possess deep experience and expertise in related industries.
What are my commitments if I'm accepted into the program?
Ventures must attend all five sessions, commit to providing information to the CDL team on a timely basis, and work collaboratively with the Fellows, Associates and students. The program’s milestone-based structure is designed to help ventures prioritize their workload in a series of eight-week “sprints.” The more time that is committed to meeting the objectives, the higher the chances are for a venture to stay in the program and receive funding from mentors/investors.
Can I apply if I've been accepted into another incubator or accelerator?
Yes, CDL can be complementary to other programs, and many other incubators and accelerators encourage participation in CDL.
The CDL works with startups that employ innovations in technology and business models that promise a chance of delivering massive improvements to economic productivity and human welfare. Have a look at the CDL Alumni companies.