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.

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  • Cohort 4 Finals feature 15 teams

    After receiving a record-breaking 156 applications, Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI) evaluated 35 semifinalists during five days of semifinal pitch competition webinars.  Now 15 teams of innovators will be vying for a spot in CRI’s Cohort 4 at the CRI Finals Pitch Competition, 9:00 a.m. – … Read More

  • Semifinalists chosen from record number of applicants for Cohort 4

    Semifinalists have been chosen to advance in the competition to join Chain Reaction Innovations’ (CRI’s) Cohort 4.  In September and October 2019, a record-breaking 156 applications were submitted in CRI’s annual call for entries.  After reviews from staff and the CRI Scientific Review Board to narrow … Read More

  • Energy I-Corps program a springboard for one-time Argonne researcher turned entrepreneur

    Chad Husko and Jonathan Logan had just started in the National Science Foundation I-Corps site program at the University of Chicago Polsky Center when Argonne National Laboratory posted the opportunity to gain a place in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy I-Corps training program. Husko, … Read More

  • Argonne’s Chain Reaction Innovations appoints first advisory council

    Lemont IL (May 8, 2019) — World-class energy leaders will offer their expertise to Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI), the entrepreneurship program at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, as part of a new Advisory Council announced today. Argonne is operated … Read More

  • Five new innovators join Chain Reaction Innovations in third cohort

    Argonne helps innovators accelerate energy and science tech-to-market Lemont, IL (April 24, 2019) — Five new innovators will be joining Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI), the entrepreneurship program at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Argonne National Laboratory, as part of the elite program’s third cohort. Read More