Demo Day 2019

Chain Reaction Innovations, the Entrepreneurship Program at Argonne National Laboratory, held Demo Day 2019 on September 17, 2019 at the Gleacher Center in Chicago.  Six teams from Chain Reaction Innovations Cohort 2 showcased their technologies and emerging companies to potential investors and the energy community.  CRI is the Midwest’s first entrepreneurship program to embed innovators in a national laboratory.

For the first time, innovators from all three of the Department of Energy’s Lab Embedded Entrepreneurship Programs participated. Along with the teams from CRI, four from Innovation Crossroads at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and two from Cyclotron Road at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory presented their technologies and companies.

 

Watch INNOVATOR PRESENTATIONS

 

Cohort 2 CRI innovator companies include:


Affordable Distributed Wind Energy Generation


Increasing Trucking Profitability Through Aerodynamics

Scalable Lasers for the Connected World

 Organic Batteries for Grid Storage

 
Long-Endurance Portable Power for Remote Applications

Drop-in Nano-Coatings for Better Batteries

Cyclotron Road
  • Aligned Carbon – Carbon Nanotubes Enabling 1000x Improvement in Computing
  • Noble Thermodynamic Systems Inc. – Unleashing the Power of Clean, Reliable, and Affordable Generation
Innovation Crossroads
  • Ascend Manufacturing – Industrial 3D Printers for High Volume, High Value Production
  • Eonix – Rapidly Upgrading Energy Storage Materials
  • Lux Semiconductors – Next Generation Semiconductor Foundry
  • Nth Cycle – Redefining the Metal Supply Chain

Check out highlights from CRI’s second Demo Day 2019.

For more information or an invitation to CRI’s Demo Day 2020, please contact chainreaction@anl.gov


About Chain Reaction Innovations

Chain Reaction Innovations is a two-year program for entrepreneurs focusing on energy and science technologies. Selected annually through an application call, the program enables innovators to work on their technology full-time, reduce R&D time, and de-risk technologies with the help of leading experts and equipment from a national laboratory. Each cohort works to build their innovations into market-ready businesses.  CRI is located at Argonne and supported by area mentors from the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Chicago, mHUB and the Purdue Foundry at Purdue University.

Chain Reaction Innovations is part of the Lab-Embedded Entrepreneurship Programs from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). EERE created the Lab-Embedded Entrepreneurship Programs to provide an institutional home for innovative postdoctoral researchers to build their research into products and train to be entrepreneurs. The program is funded by EERE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO).

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