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CDL Certificate – HEC Paris

Launched in 2020, the CDL Certificate – HEC Paris puts students on the front lines of launching a startup.

Discussing a venture at a CDL session

Work Directly with Successful Entrepreneurs

Logo for the creative destruction lab

Started at the Rotman School of Management in 2012 and now at nine locations worldwide, the Creative Destruction Lab is a seed-stage program with a proven track record for vaulting science- and technology-based startups to commercial success. To date, CDL has helped nurture companies worldwide worth over $5.9 billion in equity.

Thirty MBA students have the opportunity to work directly with the companies in CDL-Paris. Students help these ventures develop financial models, evaluate potential markets, and fine-tune their strategies for scaling up their businesses.

For the nine months of the certificate, students gain first-hand experience in all aspects involved in founding a company, including:

  • Creating the idea/business
  • Protecting yourself from competition
  • Designing competitive advantage
  • Building a business model
  • Financing a new ventures

As a participant in the CDL Certificate – HEC Paris, you begin by developing your understanding of entrepreneurship in the classroom (CDL Intro and Advanced Courses), but the majority of your time will be spent working as a consultant for one of the companies in CDL-Paris. You benefit from close interactions with real, early-stage ventures, their mentors and potential investors.


About the Creative Destruction Lab-Paris


Founded in 2020 in partnership with HEC Paris, CDL-Paris works with climate-orientated startups to help them commercialize solutions designed to preserve and protect the natural world. Each year, 25 highly scalable startups are admitted to the program. Using an objectives-based approach, the CDL’s mentors help companies cut through distractions and focus on meeting critical short-term goals.

HEC Paris is only the eighth university worldwide to become a CDL site.  Established by Professor Ajay Agrawal at the Rotman School of Management, the CDL has welcomed 1,000 entrepreneurs representing over 70 countries since its inception in 2012. CDL-Paris is being led by Thomas Astebro, Professor of Entrepreneurship at HEC Paris.


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