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  • National Labs, Polsky Center, and I-Corps Create Commercialization Partnership

    A unique partnership between two of the Department of Energy’s Lab-Embedded Entrepreneurship Programs (LEEP) and the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) I-Corps Program will offer valuable additional support for early-stage clean energy startups. Innovators in Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI) and Innovation Crossroads (IC) will receive … Read More

  • Cohort 5 Virtual Pitch Competition Slated for February 9th – 10th

    Through an annual call, four to six startups are selected to join Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI), a two-year program for innovators focused on energy and science technologies. Program participants will receive financial and technical support to mature and de-risk their technologies to the proof-of-concept level. Read More

  • Semi-finalists Chosen for Cohort 5

    Thirty-two individuals comprising 29 startups were chosen to advance to the semi-finals and compete to join Chain Reaction Innovations’ Cohort 5. A broad range of energy innovations are represented in this year’s applicants, including building technologies, quantum information systems, manufacturing, materials, energy storage and renewable … Read More

  • Demo Day 2020 Goes Virtual

    In a normal year, some of the brightest entrepreneurs in America might market their technologies to industry representatives at an evening soiree in a downtown skyscraper. But this year, startups embedded in three national laboratories – which are making a name for themselves as innovators … Read More

  • Argonne mentor researchers critical to success of Chain Reaction Innovations

    Founding mentors recognized with Impact Argonne Awards A key component to the success of Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI) and the innovators who come to Argonne to do their two-year fellowship are the Argonne researchers who act as mentors. Matched with CRI innovators based on common research … Read More

  • Call for Cohort 5 Applications

    Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI), the entrepreneurship program at Argonne National Laboratory, will begin accepting applications on September 15 for cohort 5. Entrepreneurs in any technology area that can leverage Argonne’s resources in partnership with the Advanced Manufacturing Office of the Department of Energy (DOE) are … Read More

  • Cohort 4 Innovators Chosen

    Six 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 fourth cohort. The six will join the two-year program starting this June, and each innovator … Read More

  • 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

  • CRI announces expanded call for applications to join its 4th Cohort

    “We’re opening this year’s call to encourage applications from anyone who feels Argonne can help them de-risk their technologies more efficiently than can be accomplished in the private sector” ― Adria Wilson, CRI’s entrepreneurial program lead Read More

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  • Sustainable Energy Outlook: The Limitations, Opportunities, and Role of Water

    Published on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 A panel of expert venture capitalists and entrepreneurs in the field of energy businesses discussed the state of the industry in 2021 as part of Polsky’s Entrepreneurial Outlook series. (Image credit: iStock.com/piyaset) The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship … Read More

  • National Labs, Polsky Center, and I-Corps Create Commercialization Partnership

    A unique partnership between two of the Department of Energy’s Lab-Embedded Entrepreneurship Programs (LEEP) and the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) I-Corps Program will offer valuable additional support for early-stage clean energy startups. Innovators in Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI) and Innovation Crossroads (IC) will receive … Read More

  • Cohort 5 Virtual Pitch Competition Slated for February 9th – 10th

    Through an annual call, four to six startups are selected to join Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI), a two-year program for innovators focused on energy and science technologies. Program participants will receive financial and technical support to mature and de-risk their technologies to the proof-of-concept level. Read More

  • NanoPattern Technologies, ReAx Biotechnologies Receive $150,000 Each to Commercialize Research

    Image (left) of a bird created with multiple patterning of red, green, and blue-emitting quantum dots. NanoPattern can use this patterning technique to pattern quantum dots on top of displays as pixels (right) making them more energy-efficient and cover a wider color … Read More

  • Semi-finalists Chosen for Cohort 5

    Thirty-two individuals comprising 29 startups were chosen to advance to the semi-finals and compete to join Chain Reaction Innovations’ Cohort 5. A broad range of energy innovations are represented in this year’s applicants, including building technologies, quantum information systems, manufacturing, materials, energy storage and renewable … Read More