Apply for the Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) Program

CDL-Berlin is located in Germany’s most vibrant startup ecosystem and hosted by ESMT Berlin, Germany’s #1 business school. By being deeply embedded in Germany’s deep tech economy, ESMT holds close ties with top-tier research institutions, world-leading companies, and hidden champions across all sectors. Starting with a Health Stream, we will provide startups access to one of the most advanced healthcare systems in the world, as well as numerous excellent companies, leading hospitals and experienced institutions operating in that sector. In combination with Berlin’s rich community of seasoned entrepreneurs and experienced venture capital investors, CDL-Berlin will offer a truly valuable package to startups from around the globe.

CDL-Berlin have updated their application deadline to: AUGUST 28, 2022 @ 11:59PM ET

About the program

  • Mentorship from select entrepreneurs and angel investors: the Fellows and Associates
  • Opportunities to raise capital
  • Advice on technology roadmaps from CDL’s Chief Scientists
  • Business development support from top students


CDL Applications Process

To apply to the CDL program, you will be asked to follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Express your interest – We’ll send you a confirmation email with more information about CDL.
  • Step 2: Understanding CDL – In your confirmation email, you can either start your application or watch a webinar to learn more about our program
  • Step 3: Start your application – Sign up for your CDL Application Portal account, set-up your company profile, and start your application



Prepare for your Application

  • Review CDL’s specialized stream offerings
  • Watch a 15-minute webinar for an overview of the program
  • Browse CDL mentors who help our founder set objectives
  • Consider these topics/questions before beginning you application in the CDL Application Portal:
    • An informed understanding of CDL locations and stream selection
    • An overview of your company
    • Your team’s background
    • The core technology (and its differentiation)
    • Funding and revenue information
    • Why CDL?