CDL Course

Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) is a nonprofit organization that delivers an objectives-based program for massively scalable, seed-stage, science- and technology-based companies. 

The program revolves around five virtual sessions hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison. At these sessions, venture founders interact with a set of highly experienced mentors who provide them with guidance on how to build and scale their businesses. This guidance takes the form of three objectives for the company to focus on over the following eight weeks. These objectives are the hallmark of the CDL process and provide the channel through which business judgement and experience is transferred from the mentors to the companies’ founders.

What is the Creative Destruction Lab Course?

In the Creative Destruction Lab course (MHR 365/765) students will receive mentoring, work with high-potential ventures, and experience how investment decisions are made. Students will have the opportunity to apply skills and knowledge in an actual business setting, conducting team projects with some of the top early stage ventures in the world focused on risk & insurance, and health & wellness. The CDL Course is taught by Lecturer Adam Bock in conjunction with the Weinert Center for Entrepreneurship at the Wisconsin School of Business.

What is the role of students in the Creative Destruction Lab at Wisconsin?

Top students from across the University of Wisconsin-Madison support ventures in business development, market research, financial modeling, scaling strategies and other projects that will move CDL ventures forward. You will gain first hand experience working in a technology startup and will contribute to the advancement of your assigned venture toward meeting their business objectives. 

What prerequisites are required?

The CDL Course does not require students to have taken any prior entrepreneurship nor business courses, and is open to all Jr, Sr, Grad, and Professional students from all majors. Students might find it useful to understand entrepreneurship more broadly by previously or concurrently taking MHR 322 (Introduction to Entrepreneurial Management for Non-Business Majors), MHR 422 (Entrepreneurial Management), MHR 722 (Entrepreneurial Management), or a similar course.

If you have questions or are interested in taking this course in the future, please contact Morgan Bober.

You can also learn more about the program by viewing this Recorded Info Session.