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  • 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

  • Demo Day 2020 Goes Virtual

    In a normal year, some of the brightest entrepreneurs in America might market their technologies to industry representatives at an evening soiree in a downtown skyscraper. But this year, startups embedded in three national laboratories – which are making a name for themselves as innovators … Read More

  • Argonne mentor researchers critical to success of Chain Reaction Innovations

    Founding mentors recognized with Impact Argonne Awards A key component to the success of Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI) and the innovators who come to Argonne to do their two-year fellowship are the Argonne researchers who act as mentors. Matched with CRI innovators based on common research … Read More

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  • 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

  • CRI Cohort 1 Company Raises $28.2 Million

    September 4, 2020 —Emergy Inc., now Meati Foods, raised $28.2 million in its Series A funding round from 44 investors, according to a report from the US Securities and Exchange Commission. The mushroom-based alt meat brand operates from Boulder Colorado and creates … Read More

  • Women-led NUMiX Materials Awarded the U.S. Bank Cleantech Inclusion Award

    MINNEAPOLIS – June 30, 2020 – Clean Energy Trust announced today NUMiX Materials as the inaugural recipient of the U.S. Bank Cleantech Inclusion Award. This new award program supports female and minority entrepreneurs who are building innovative companies that benefit the environment, create jobs, and … Read More

  • Super.tech Receives $150,000 from George Shultz Innovation Fund

    Published on Monday, June 15, 2020 The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Chicago has awarded $150,000 from its George Shultz Innovation Fund to Super.tech, a company that is “supercharging” near-term quantum computers to solve commercially useful problems. The team, led by Pranav … Read More