The CDL is a start-up programme for early-stage, science- and technology-based companies that have the potential to massively scale. The programme’s objective-setting process enhances the performance of technical founders who learn from the insights of experienced entrepreneurs. Since 2012, over 900 companies have participated in the CDL. The successful commercialisation of cutting-edge science achieved through the programme has led to the creation of over £2.5 billion in equity value.
CDL-Oxford, hosted at the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School, was launched in 2019 and is the first CDL site in Europe. It offers the Artificial Intelligence Stream and in its first year will run a cohort of 25 start-ups from across the UK, Europe and beyond.