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  • World-Class Mentoring

    A key component of the Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI) program is business mentorship. In addition to the world-class scientific and technical support that CRI will provide innovators, participants will also get assistance in developing business strategies, conducting market research, and finding long-term financing and potential commercial partners. Read More

  • Chain Reaction Innovation's First-Ever Cohort Features Diverse Set of Innovators and Ideas

    Applicants for CRI came from 22 states. About 50% of applicants were with startups; the rest were students, professors, postdocs or members of industry. The four recipients represent Colorado, Indiana, North Dakota and Ohio. Read More

  • A More Powerful Program for Energy and Science Technology

    Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI) is a two-year program for innovators focusing on energy and science technologies. Through an annual application call, four to six teams will be selected to join CRI. Program participants will receive the financial and technical support needed to mature nascent technologies that face long development cycles to the proof-of-concept level, thus getting them to the point where they can access conventional sources of financial support to scale and launch into the marketplace. Read More

  • A New Innovation Model to Accelerate Energy Science and Technology

    Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI) capitalizes on the unique R&D tools and expertise at Argonne National Laboratory and the strong entrepreneurial ecosystem of the Midwest to bridge the commercialization “Valley of Death” between the research bench and the marketplace. Innovation ideas typically stall because of a lack of investment and a shortage in the mentoring support needed to build strong business plans that attract commercial partners or customers. CRI’s support system compresses development time and trains future entrepreneurs to create a bridge across this Valley of Death. Read More

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  • Argonne OutLoud: Innovation, Argonne and the Evolving Energy Economy

    John Carlisle, director of the Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI) program at Argonne, provides an overview of changes in the energy economy and a glimpse into how Argonne is creating new solutions to address these changes – and new opportunities for scientists to connect with innovation. Read More

  • Innovation on display during Chain Reaction Innovations’ Demo Day

    For 18 months entrepreneurs in the first cohort of Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI), an early stage entrepreneurship program at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, have been honing technologies that promote energy efficiency and a more sustainable future. Funded by the Advanced … Read More

  • Second Chain Reaction Innovations cohort: “Ted” Jung Woo Seo

    Ted is currently devoted to the commercialization efforts of an advanced electrode fabrication technology, which provides a comprehensive and generalizable solution that affords high stability and electrochemical performance to conventional lithium-ion battery materials. Read More

  • Second Chain Reaction Innovations cohort: Chad Husko

    Chad is a physicist specializing in nanoscale optical materials and devices. Chad’s research aims to harness emerging materials for applications in silicon photonics for energy-efficient computing and data centers. Read More

  • Second Chain Reaction Innovations cohort: Veronika Stelmakh

    Veronika is the co-founder and CEO of Mesodyne, Inc. At Chain Reaction Innovations, Veronika will be developing a portable power generator based on a thermophotovoltaic technology that she developed with Walker Chan at MIT’s Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies. The solution can reduce the weight and … Read More