Innovation through specialization
While not every brilliant tech idea fits neatly into an existing category, some ventures can be clustered into areas of innovation, known in the CDL as Streams. The Streams are designed to provide ventures with concentrated support from the mentors, scientists and partners who are leaders in that area of specialization.
The following are streams available through CDL-Toronto:
Prime (General Technology)
Distinct from CDL’s specialized streams that each focus on a particular industry or technology, CDL Prime admits diverse ventures pursuing many different applications of technology to industry problems. Strong Prime ventures include those with differentiated technology, regardless of having selected a target industry vertical.
CDL startups in the Prime Stream work with mentors to sharpen objectives, prioritize time and resources, raise capital from investors, and engage with the frontiers of research. Alumni companies include North and Nymi.
The Artificial Intelligence Stream brings together experienced exited entrepreneurs, leading scientists, and active investors to help scale ventures based around technologies underpinned by, or core to the advancement of, artificial intelligence.
The Blockchain Stream at CDL-Toronto brings together experienced entrepreneurs, economists, and active investors to help scale ventures based around technologies underpinned by, or core to the advancement of, blockchain technology.
The Health Stream helps technical teams bring their human health innovations to market through the advice and guidance of accomplished entrepreneurs, experienced operators, doctors, scientists, engineers, and investors in the life sciences domain.
The Quantum Stream at CDL-Toronto brings together entrepreneurs, investors, scientists in quantum technologies, and quantum technology partners (D-Wave Systems, IBM Q, Rigetti Computing, Xanadu and Zapata Computing) to build ventures in the emerging domain of quantum computing, optimization, sensing and other applications of quantum technologies.
The Space Stream at CDL-Toronto 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 Neuro Stream at CDL-Toronto brings together entrepreneurs, scientists, entrepreneurs, and investors with broad experience in neurodegenerative disorders, neuroprosthetics, brain-computer interfaces, neurodevelopment, and cognitive modeling.