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  • Apply for CRI's Cohort 6

    Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI), the entrepreneurship program at Argonne National Laboratory, will begin accepting applications on September 21 for Cohort 6. 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

  • DOE Selects the Midwest Regional Innovation Partnership for Award from Energy Program for Innovation Clusters

    CHICAGO, IL – June 8, 2021 – Clean Energy Trust, Centrepolis Accelerator at Lawrence Technological University, mHUB, and Spark Innovation Center today announced that their Midwest Regional Innovation Partnership was selected for an award of over $900,000 … 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

  • 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

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  • Duality Quantum Accelerator Accepts Six Startups into Inaugural Cohort

    Chicago Quantum Exchange July 15, 2021 Duality, the nation’s first accelerator exclusively for quantum companies, has accepted six startups for Cohort 1. Duality is led by the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Chicago and the Chicago Quantum Exchange (CQE), … Read More

  • 5th Cohort of Five Innovators Selected

    Lemont, IL (April 30, 2021) — 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 fifth cohort. The five will join the two-year program starting this June, and each … Read More

  • 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

  • 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

  • Catalyst Conversations: Launching a Pioneering Quantum Startup

    Oct 27, 2020 | Catalyst, Q&A, University Entrepreneurship In October, we partnered with the Chicago Quantum Exchange (CQE) to explore the evolving landscape of Quantum Information Science (QIS) in Illinois—including how researchers in the state are … Read More