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CDL Student Fellowship

Since its launch in 2012, the Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) has become one of the world’s fastest-growing venture labs, helping to generate over $8 billion in equity value. Selected MBA students, alongside some of Canada's most successful entrepreneurs, provide ventures with strategic and business development support.

The CDL Student Fellowship Program has been created to unlock the entrepreneurial ambitions of up to 20 incoming MBA students, from the Full-Time and Morning and Evening programs, who are committed to exploring careers in entrepreneurship and start-ups. Selected students are supported by financial awards of up to $20,000, placement in the Creative Destruction Lab strategic courses, sponsored access to key events as well as a potential internship opportunity with a CDL venture.

Included in the Fellowship

$20,000 scholarship award

Up to 20 incoming MBA students are selected annually to receive a minimum $20,000 scholarship.

Sponsored access to key events

Fellows receive sponsored access to annual Rotman Machine Learning conference, as well as relevant Disruption Experts Speaker Series events.

Creative Destruction lab

Guaranteed placement in the CDL and CDL strategy courses

Fellows will be guaranteed placement in the CDL and the CDL strategy courses in second year.

Our goal is to provide students with the means to pursue start-up experiences as the ultimate catalyst for re-framing their perspective around a future career defined by original thinking and innovation – a direct result of spending a significant amount of time in a venture with a deep commitment to massively scalable opportunities. This program is deeply connected to our values and future state at Rotman where students emulate a culture of innovation and have an ability to contribute to the start-up ecosystem in Canada as Rotman alumni who are well prepared to “inspire the bold thinking needed to solve the most pressing problems of our time.”

Students will be given the opportunity to express their interest in the fellowship with their application. Awards are given to eligible candidates on a first-come, first-served basis.

View our CDL Fellowship Lookbooks: 

2025 Lookbook
2024 Lookbook
2023 Lookbook