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  • Innovators join first entrepreneurial program at Argonne National Laboratory

    The Midwest’s first entrepreneurial program to embed innovators in a national laboratory announced its inaugural group of entrepreneurs and mentor partners, including the University of Chicago’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Developers of energy, transportation and aerospace technologies will join Chain Reaction Innovations based at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory. Read More

  • Midwest startups compete for clean-tech investment funding

    Clean Energy Trust is also currently accepting applications for its 2017 CET Challenge, which will award up to $1 million of this kind of “patient capital” to early-stage, Midwest-based, clean-tech companies. Last month, DOE launched a similar, Illinois-based initiative aimed at boosting prospects for young entrepreneurs in clean energy. Chain Reaction Innovations awards up to $550,000 to five early-stage innovators and embeds them at Argonne National Laboratory near Lemont, Illinois. Read More

  • Midwest startups compete for clean-tech investment funding

    Last month, DOE launched a similar, Illinois-based initiative aimed at boosting prospects for young entrepreneurs in clean energy. Chain Reaction Innovations awards up to $550,000 to five early-stage innovators and embeds them at Argonne National Laboratory near Lemont, Illinois. Read More

  • Innovators Drawn to Illinois By Argonne's First Embedded Entrepreneurship Program

    In an event today with U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and Senator Dick Durbin (D-III) at the University of Chicago’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI), the Midwest’s first entrepreneurship program to embed innovators in a national laboratory, announced the selection of its first members and mentor partners. Read More

  • Maximizing the local economic impact of federal R&D

    Federally funded research and development (R&D) is a hallmark of the U.S. economy. Two-thirds of the most influential technologies of the last 50 years were supported by federal R&D at national laboratories and universities.1 Smartphones, autonomous vehicles, personalized medicine and other transformational innovations owe key technical components to public R&D. Moreover, this federal commitment does more than produce new products. By fostering innovation, it translates into productivity growth, the most important mechanism for ensuring economic growth and broadly shared prosperity. In Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory and Fermilab are working with the University of Chicago to further the mission of the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in its efforts to develop new research-based startups in the city. Read More

  • Leaders address future of Argonne National Laboratory

    U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, Rep. Bill Foster and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz address the future of facilities like Argonne National Laboratory during an event Dec. 20, 2016 at the University of Chicago. The video tape of the Chain Reaction Innovations press conference to announce its first cohort can be viewed here. Read More

  • Congressional funding is key to questions about Argonne's future

    Dignitaries spoke at The University of Chicago's Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Hyde Park to announce the first participants in a new program to embed entrepreneurs at a national laboratory. Speakers included Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin. Read More

  • Rick Perry 'very intent on doing a good job'

    Moniz made his remarks about Perry at an event where Argonne announced the first class of entrepreneurs who would "embed" at the laboratory to advance their energy ideas. That means they will work with mentors at the labs and have access to lab equipment, for two years. The program will cover their salaries, benefits, use of laboratory equipment and office space. The Chain Reaction Innovations program is the first of its type in the Midwest and similar to an earlier program at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The four selected entrepreneurs are developing new designs for fuel cells and jet engines and aiming to harness nuclear waste and wastewater for new clean energy applications. Moniz said innovation was the "secret sauce" to address climate change and enhance nuclear security. Read More

  • Meet the 4 Clean-Tech Innovations that will Drive Manufacturing Efficiency Gains

    Strategic partnerships with government agencies and NGOs can help businesses drive efficiency — and develop innovations that can improve other companies’ environmental and economic performance at the same time. Case in point: a program that embeds innovators in a national laboratory where they will develop environmentally sustainable and energy-efficient technologies that drive manufacturing growth. The first four innovators to participate in the Chain Reaction Innovations program were announced yesterday at an event with US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-III) at the University of Chicago’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. These four were selected from more than 100 entrepreneurs and startups from 22 states that applied to participate in the first cohort based at the DOE’s Argonne National Laboratory. The program is funded through the DOE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office. Read More

  • Ernest Moniz, Sen. Dick Durbin Name 1st Cohort of Argonne Lab Entrepreneurship Program

    Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) have announced the names of the initial members and mentor partners of an embedded entrepreneurship program based at the Argonne National Laboratory. Read More

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  • Clean Energy Trust Challenge Accepting Applications Until Jan. 17

    The Clean Energy Trust (CET) Challenge is one of the nation’s largest fundraising events for energy tech startups. This is the eight year of the program and the third consecutive year that CET has committed to invest $1,000,000 in cleantech startups in the Midwest. The … Read More

  • 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 … 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

  • First Chain Reaction Innovations cohort: Ian Hamilton

    Ian Hamilton is one of the innovators selected for the first cohort of Chain Reaction Innovations, a new two-year program that offers innovators with energy- or science-based ideas a home at Argonne National Laboratory for two years, where they’ll have time to develop and scale … Read More

  • Chain Reaction Innovations announces first cohort

    The Midwest’s first entrepreneurship program to embed innovators in a national laboratory announced the selection of its first members and mentor partners. CRI is a new two-year program that offers innovators with energy- or science-based ideas a home at Argonne National Laboratory for two years, … Read More