Chain Reaction Innovations Hosts National Innovator Pitch Competition to Develop Next Big Energy Technology at Argonne National Laboratory

Chicago – On Wednesday, February 7, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Director of the Advanced Manufacturing Office Robert Ivester, will kick off the competition to choose the second cohort of innovators to embed at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE’s) Argonne National Laboratory.

Industry experts and investors from the Chicago innovation ecosystem will review 10-minute pitch presentations from the innovators. Later in February the announcement will be made of those selected to join Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI), the Midwest’s first entrepreneurship program to embed innovators in a national laboratory.  CRI is a two-year program located at Argonne Laboratory and supported by area mentors, including from the Polsky Center at the University of Chicago and the Purdue Foundry from Purdue University.

Innovators from seven states– California, Florida, Illinois, New York, Massachusetts, Michigan and Missouri– will compete to be selected to embed at Argonne for two years to access the lab’s scientific expertise, world-class facilities and mentorship in developing their innovative technologies. The program is supported in part by the Advanced Manufacturing Office in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

WHAT Public Pitch Competition for the second cohort for Chain Reaction Innovations

Argonne National Laboratory, Building 240, rooms 1404-08

Argonne, Illinois

WHEN Noon to 5 p.m. CST
Media RSVP Tona Kunz 630-252-5560 or
Public RSVP Free Registration and agenda:


The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) supports early-stage research and development of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies that make energy more affordable and strengthen the reliability, resilience, and security of the U.S. electric grid.

EERE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) supports early-stage research to advance innovation in U.S. manufacturing and promote American economic growth and energy security.

Argonne National Laboratory seeks solutions to pressing national problems in science and technology. The nation’s first national laboratory, Argonne conducts leading-edge basic and applied scientific research in virtually every scientific discipline. Argonne researchers work closely with researchers from hundreds of companies, universities, and federal, state and municipal agencies to help them solve their specific problems, advance America’s scientific leadership and prepare the nation for a better future. With employees from more than 60 nations, Argonne is managed by UChicago Argonne, LLC for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, visit the Office of Science website.

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