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  • 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 commercial partners. 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

  • A More Powerful Program for Energy and Science Technology

    Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI) is a two-year program for innovators focusing on energy and science technologies. Through an annual application call, four to six teams will be selected to join CRI. Program participants will receive the financial and technical support needed to mature nascent technologies that face long development cycles to the proof-of-concept level, thus getting them to the point where they can access conventional sources of financial support to scale and launch into the marketplace. Read More

  • 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. Read More

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  • 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

  • CRI project aims to fill critical computing needs

    Research team from Chain Reaction Innovations Cohort 2 harnesses Center for Nanoscale Materials power to explore emerging materials for energy-efficient computing.   The demand for computing power continues to accelerate with each passing year as consumers grow ever more reliant on smart phones and the … Read More

  • Mesodyne Awarded a Competitive Grant from the National Science Foundation

    Small Business Innovation Research Program Provides Seed Funding for R&D Mesodyne, Inc has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant for $224,362 to conduct research and development (R&D) work on a scalable photonic crystal fabrication process for mesoscale … Read More