KPMG has announced a five-year commitment to Creative Destruction Lab Rockies at the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business.
The Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) is a milestone-based coaching and seed stage financing program for massively scalable technology and science-based ventures. It is a nine-month program that is focused on designing goals with measurable deliverables.
The CDL provides start-ups with mentorship from some of Canada’s most successful entrepreneurs, guidance and support from chief scientists, faculty members and MBA students, as well as access to equity capital, KPMG said.
Initially started at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, CDL-Rockies is an extension of the program within University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business. It is a catalyst for connecting ventures from across the Canadian Prairies and beyond with experienced entrepreneurs and investors.
“By promoting Calgary’s entrepreneurship, we open up opportunities for individuals to pursue their ideas, build new companies and grow their skillsets,” Murray Suey, Regional Managing Partner of KPMG’s office in Calgary, said in a statement. “The opportunities seem endless, and we are proud to join forces with the Creative Destruction Lab Rockies as the University of Calgary aspires to be one of Canada’s most entrepreneurial universities.”
A group of accomplished entrepreneurs will work to provide visionary mentorship to participants, said KPMG. They include Susan Anderson, president and CEO, Cannonball Capital; T. Chen Fong, professor, Department of Radiology, UCalgary; Derrick Hunter, president, Bluesky Equities; Paul Lee, managing partner, Vanedge; Lindsay Machan, co-founder, Angiotech Pharmaceuticals; Scott Saxberg, president, CEO and director, Crescent Point Energy Corp. and Laurie Wallace, co-founder and past president, FlyOver Entertainment.