Science entrepreneurship competition with up to $420,000 award opens Sept. 5

Building an energy or materials science technology is difficult. Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI) can help you do that by providing business planning and technical mentorship, up to $200,000 in a fellowship grant, and up to $220,000 to spend on research work at Argonne National Laboratory.

CRI was launched last year at Argonne to embed innovators in the laboratory to perform early-stage research and development (R&D) that may launch energy or manufacturing businesses in the future. The 2-year program teaches the best and brightest from across the nation the entrepreneurship skills needed to develop transformative cleantech and innovations in advanced manufacturing.

To see and hear how CRI is helping the first cohort of innovators grow their technology watch this video. Then apply to join the second cohort during the application process Sept. 5 through Oct. 13. Also, sign up to join an information webinar and Q&A on Sept. 13.

Participants in Chain Reaction Innovations receive mentorship from CRI staff as well as entrepreneurship experts in the Chicago innovation ecosystem and mentor partners the Polsky Center at the University of Chicago and the Purdue Foundry at Purdue University.

Chain Reaction Innovations is part of the Lab Embedded Entrepreneurship Program created by the US Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office in the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office.

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