About the event

The Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) is a not-for-profit programme for science and technology based start-ups. By using short-term objectives and mentorship, the Lab enhances the performance of participating founders to improve their success. Since it’s launch in 2012, over 1,000 founders, representing more than 500 companies, have participated in CDL. Originally developed in North America, CDL is now looking to support AI startups at its recently launched UK site, CDL-Oxford. The application deadline for the next cohort is August 12 2019.

Entrepreneurship offers an important opportunity for leading talent in data science and AI to create impact. Now, CDL, in collaboration with The Alan Turing Institute, want to share the support and opportunities they offer to researchers interested in setting up their own businesses.

This session will be an opportunity to learn first-hand how CDL’s programmes could help you. Founders and CDL staff will be on-hand to explain how the programme, has supported founders, as well as sharing lessons learned and best practices. 

Join us if you’re a researcher or scientist considering entrepreneurship as a potential pathway to impact and, particularly, if you already have an idea or prototype you’d like to explore further. It will also be a great opportunity to connect with like-minded scientists and potential future collaborators.


4:30 - 4:40pm – Introduction: The what and the why

4:40 - 5:10pm – CDL: A programme fit for academia

5:10 - 5:30pm - Tales from the trenches: Hear from CDL alumni and Q&A

5:30 - 6:00pm - Networking and continued discussion

More about the CDL

CDL is home to one of the greatest concentrations of AI-related startups in the world. Alumni include: Ada, Atomwise, Automat AI, BenchSci, Blue J Legal, Chisel, Deep Genomics, Ecoation, Eigen Innovations, Kyndi, and North (previously Thalmic Labs).

Additionally, CDL was first in the world to launch a programme dedicated to quantum machine learning startups, and has programmes specifically designed for machine intelligence applied to sectors such as health, energy, and space. As well as the AI focus at CDL-Oxford, the North American network of CDL sites supports other deep-science verticals including Blockchain, Energy, Health and Space.


The Alan Turing Institute

1st floor of the British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB

51.5297753, -0.12665390000006