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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 Atlanta, Calgary, Halifax, Montreal, Oxford, Paris, Toronto, 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 is located at Georgia Tech’s Scheller College of Business, and is at the epicenter of commerce and innovation in the Southeast. Bolstered by the strength of the region’s successful entrepreneurs, elite researchers, and research institutions, CDL-Atlanta supports the commercialization of ventures innovating in commerce, logistics, engineering, public health, finance, consumer health, transportation, and more. As Atlanta is home to some of the world's largest corporations and a global transportation and logistics hub, ventures can gain access to a wide-range of large addressable markets and industries.

CDL-Atlanta currently offers the Commerce and Recovery streams.  The Commerce Stream brings together experienced exited entrepreneurs, leading scientists, and active investors to help scale ventures based around technologies that support the transformation of the retail and consumer packaged goods industries, and commercial exchange. The Recovery Stream is focused on the full stack of information-based solutions to accelerate the world’s recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.

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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


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).

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

Peter Thompson
CDL Co-site Lead


Alex Oettl
CDL Co-site Lead