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Creative Destruction Lab-New York City (CDL-NYC)

CDL-NYC is a nine month program for science- and technology-based, massively scalable, startups. The program seeks to maximize the probability of startup success by providing ventures intensive mentorship, access to investors, and execution support.

CDL-NYC will accept applications from startups starting Jan 2018, and launch its first cohort in September 2018. 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



Pre-seed stage science- and technology-based startups admitted through a competitive application process. Admitted startups receive business advice from top mentors, access to investors and hands-on execution help from Stern MBAs.



Highly successful serial entrepreneurs and angel investors with deep experience founding and growing high-tech companies.


Chief Scientists

World-renowned faculty in science and technology from NYU’s schools including NYU Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, NYU School of Medicine, and NYU Tandon School of Engineering, provide scientific advice to startups.


Stern MBA Students

Students from Stern's top-ranked MBA program assist startups execute their commercialization strategy.


Corporate Partners

Venture Capitalists, investment banks, technology firms and law firms invest in, or support, startups.