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  • 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

  • New initiative connects entrepreneurs with leading Illinois energy lab

    A new initiative at Argonne National Laboratory seeks to accelerate energy innovation by embedding promising young entrepreneurs in one of the nation’s foremost national laboratories. Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI) targets technology’s so-called “Valley of Death,” where smart scientific ideas in energy or other fields fail to translate to real-world results. Many times, the inability to go from lab bench to factory floor is the result of a lack of money, materials, time, business acumen or experience. With CRI, Argonne will give five early-stage energy innovators access to all of those coveted assets. Read More

  • U.S. energy secretary makes plea for Argonne

    "You want to institutionalize something, show value-added," said U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz today in Chicago to announce a mentorship program at the southwest suburban lab for young entrepreneurs. Moniz went on to tout politically embraceable benefits of Argonne's work, including computing research "central to the cancer moon shot," and drew laughter when he told the first five fellows in the Chain Reactions Innovations program, "You're going to create fabulous export markets for the United States." Read More

  • Indiana Entrepreneur Named to Clean Energy Program

    A Purdue University entrepreneur is one of five chosen for the Argonne National Laboratory's new Chain Reaction Innovations program. A panel of judges selected Ian Hamilton, chief executive officer of Atlas Energy Systems, to take part in the initiative, which aims to accelerate the development of sustainable energy technologies. Read More

  • 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. Read More

  • Innovators Drawn to Illinois by Argonne National Laboratory’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

  • CWRU engineering grad student chosen to take part in Energy Department's new Chain Reaction Innovations program

    Felipe Gomez del Campo, a graduate student in aerospace engineering at Case Western Reserve University, is one of five people chosen to take part in a two-year entrepreneurship program at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont, Ill. Read More

  • These Are the First Four Startups in Argonne's Chain Reaction Innovations

    Over the past six months, over 100 applicants from 22 states applied to be a part of the incubator. On Tuesday, Argonne, along with Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Illinois Senator Dick Durbin announced the first four startups that will kick off Chain Reactions Innovations. 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