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Creative Destruction Lab

Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) is an objectives-based program for massively scalable, seed-stage science- and technology-based companies. The program’s objective-setting process enhances the performance of technical founders who learn from the insights of experienced entrepreneurs, increasing their probability of success.

Creative Destruction Lab

Founded in 2012 by Professor Ajay Agrawal at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, the program has now expanded with locations in Calgary, Halifax, Montreal, Oxford and Vancouver.

  1. Focused mentorship from experienced entrepreneurs who have founded, led, and sold significant tech companies
  2. Technical advice from world-leading scientists, engineers, and economists, leaders in their respective fields
  3. Hands-on support from top business students, who embed within the company to provide business support
  4. Opportunities to raise capital, including angels and VCs from Europe and North America

Creative Destruction Lab: Build Something Massive



CDL-Atlanta currently offers CDL Prime Stream, which 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 gives business founders and MBA students an opportunity to engage with highly successful entrepreneurs and scientists and learn from their judgement.

Ajay Agrawal, Creative Destruction Founder and Professor


CDL alumni

Since its inception, companies that have participated in the CDL program have created more than $5.8 billion (CAD) in equity value. CDL alumni include North (Waterloo), Atomwise (San Francisco), Kyndi (Palo Alto), Xanadu (Toronto), BenchSci (Toronto), Kheiron Medical (London), and Roadbotics (Pittsburgh).

Georgia Tech Scheller College is focused on innovation and technology and the impact evolving technologies have in the global marketplace. CDL offers a unique and proven opportunity for emerging science and technology-based businesses to accelerate their growth and quickly develop from market concept to market impact.

Dr. Maryam Alavi | Dean, Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business

Peter Thompson
CDL Co-site Lead


Alex Oettl
CDL Co-site Lead


Jason Parrish
CDL Director of Partnership