LEEP Demo Day 2023 Presented by CRI

June 7, 2023


You’re invited! LEEP Demo Day will be held in-person (with a hybrid option) on June 7, 2023 at the Sheraton Grand Chicago Riverwalk. The event will showcase 20 startups from U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE)  Lab-Embedded Entrepreneur Program (LEEP) including Chain Reaction Innovations at Argonne National Laboratory, Innovation Crossroads at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Cyclotron Road at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and West Gate at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

The event will also feature a LEEP alumni panel discussion for program graduates to share insights about successful entrepreneurship. Attendees are invited to attend a post event reception to mingle and network.


Check out the agenda to see who’s pitching and then review the list of startups below for more information


Special thanks to our event sponsors:

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Chain Reaction Innovations Startups

Revolutionizing Carbon Composites With Nano Surface Engineering Your Diverse Graphene Product Provider
Hongjun Zeng CTO & C0-Founder Arsheen Allam CEO & Co-Founder
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Grid-independent renewable energy systems at the water/energy nexus for a more self-reliant and sustainable world Next-generation battery that can achieve three times the energy density of existing lithium-ion batteries
Sanza Kazadi, Presdient & CEO Claudiu Bucur, CEO & Founder
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New-era in-situ inspection for 3D printing
Niall O’Dowd, CEO & Founder
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Innovation Crossroads Startups

Real-time monitoring and issue detection Metal-air (M-Air) battery for increased battery energy density
Shuchi “SK” Khurana, CEO & Founder Caleb Alexander, CEO & Founder
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We extend the lifetime of your hydrogen fuel cells Truly Sustainable Materials
Philip Stuckey, CEO & Founder Tommy Gibbons, COO & Co-Founder
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Unlock the potential of AI to minimize equipment downtime Nano-adsorbent for the purification of contaminated water
Forrest Shriver, CEO & Founder Sam Evans, CEO & Founder
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West Gate Startups



You Can’t Fix It If You Can’t See It Oil wells that end well
Andrew Gabor, CTO & Director of Business Development Stefan Streckfus, CTO
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Electrifying homes to build a happier, healthier world
Grant Gunnison, CEO & Founder
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Cyclotron Road Startups




Commercializing a new class of infinitely recyclable polymers to enable the transition to a more circular economy Stores solar energy with batteries made from abundant materials that are safe, long-lasting, and efficient
Kezi Cheng, Co-Founder Antonio Baclig, Founder
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Commercializing a groundbreaking enzyme stabilization technology, first being used to make plastics degrade from the inside out Effective, Sustainable Bio-control
Aaron Hall, CEO & Founder Fatma Kaplan, CEO
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Precision Separations of Critical Metals
Daniel Sun, CEO & Founder
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New Mexico LEEP Startup

OAM Photonics
Photonic sensing solutions for 3D imaging with applications in autonomous driving, drone, and robotics
Cliff Chan, CEO & Founder,  Chung Ki Wong, Principal Engineer & Co-Founder
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