Deep Tech Showcase


You are cordially invited to the Deep Tech Showcase, where you’ll hear pitches by the six companies of Cohort 4 from Argonne National Laboratory’s Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI) program, as well as startups from the University of Chicago’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, including Duality, the first startup accelerator in the nation exclusively focused on quantum technologies.

All startups focus on deep tech in fields of advanced material science, carbon capture, biotech, nanotechnology, manufacturing, energy storage, electrification, clean energy, and quantum sciences. Listen to the best and brightest pitch their innovative technology!

This event is part of the Chicago Venture Summit, the City of Chicago’s flagship venture capital conference and one of the largest venture events in the Midwest. This Deep Tech Showcase will highlight the partnership between CRI and the Polsky Center, focusing on some of our most promising startups.

Deep Tech Showcase
Where: Virtual
When: Monday, September 27, 2-3:30 p.m. CDT



2:00 p.m. Opening Remarks – Haven Allen, CEO & Co-founder, mHUB
2:05 p.m. Polsky Center Welcome – Melissa Byrn, Director of Innovation Programs, Polsky Center and Duality
2:06 p.m.

Chain Reaction Innovations Welcome—John Carlisle, CRI Director & MC

Intro Startups

2:10 p.m.


Quantum Technologies

Carol Scarlett, Axion Technologies

Pranav Gokhale,

Kanav Setia, qBraid

Mirella Koleva, Quantopticon


Materials Innovation

Yu Kambe, NanoPattern Technologies

Matthew Ackerman, QDIR

Margaret Kocherga, Margik

Keith Evans, Great Lakes Crystal Technologies



Karin Calvinho, RenewCO2

Christopher Passolano, SiMat EnerTech



Dhivya Venkat, Esya Inc.

Ryan Meyers, AddGraft Therapeutics

Aslan Mansurov, Arrow Immune

3:10 p.m.


CRI Cohort 5

Arsheen Allam, GOLeafe

Claudiu Bucur, Piersica

Sanza Kazadi, Kazadi Enterprises

Niall O’Dowd, Additive Monitoring Systems

Hongjun Zeng, Adaxius


Duality Cohort 1

Michael Flatté, QuantCAD

3:25 p.m. Closing Remarks—Jay Schrankler, Associate Vice President & Head of the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
3:30 p.m. Event Ends


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