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CDL-NYC is a nine-month program focused on maximizing the potential of massively-scalable, science-and-tech-based startups through intensive mentorship, access to investors, and execution support.

CDL-NYC will select its first cohort in September 2018 following a competitive application process beginning in March 2018. Admitted startups will receive business advice from experienced mentors, analysis from world-renowned scientists and economists, access to potential investors and hands-on execution help from Stern MBAs. The program will be delivered in partnership with the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management where, within five years of operation, the CDL program has created over $1 billion in startup equity value. 

Program Participants

CDL mentors


Highly successful serial entrepreneurs and angel investors bring their experience founding and growing high-tech companies to help startups form strategies and fulfill goals. 

CDL MBA students

Stern MBA Students

Students from Stern's top-ranked MBA program assist startups with executing their commercialization strategy, completing tasks that meet the team's specific needs and help fill gaps. 

CDL Scientists A

Chief Scientists

World-renowned science and tech faculty from NYU schools like the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, the School of Medicine, and the Tandon School of Engineering provide scientific advice to startups. 

Startup Work


Pre-seed stage science- and tech-based startups join the program through a competitive application process, then collaborate with mentors, students and scientists to create and execute a customized set of objectives. 

Corporate Partners

Corporate Partners

Venture capitalists, investment banks, technology firms and law firms invest in or support both the program and startups through a variety of channels.