2016 Cohort

  • April 2017 CRI Newsletter

    Innovator spotlight on Ian Hamilton and his technology for a radioisotope battery that lasts 400 years and is cheaper and more efficient than today's nuclear batteries. CRI announces the selection of its first cohort and prepares to accept applications for the second cohort. Read More

  • Chain Reaction Innovations: The Midwest's Newest Cleantech Incubator Welcomes First Cohort and Gears up for Second

    Ian Hamilton had an idea for a nuclear battery the size of a small coffee can that will operate continuously for two years and be lightweight enough for soldiers to carry on months or years-long missions. He grew the idea into a startup company, Atlas Energy Systems, and attracted early funding while a student at Purdue University. But graduation threatened to pull the plug on his dreams of entrepreneurship. “I turn spent nuclear fuel into energy via radioisotope plasma generation to power the battery,” he said. “I couldn’t just go build a nuclear accelerator in my garage.” There are only a few places in the world with that type of equipment and gaining access to them can be time-consuming and costly. Until the U.S. Department of Energy launched a hybrid incubator/accelerator at Argonne National Laboratory last year. Read More

  • Purdue Innovator Selected For Argonne’s First Entrepreneurship Program; Discovery Park-Based Purdue Foundry Also To Serve In Mentorship Capacity

    A Purdue graduate student who is developing technology that could turn nuclear waste into energy, has been selected as one of five innovators in a newly embedded entrepreneurship program at the Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory. Ian Hamilton, a graduate student in Purdue's School of Nuclear Engineering, was selected for Argonne's Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI) program. Read More

  • Innovators join first entrepreneurial program at Argonne National Laboratory

    The Midwest’s first entrepreneurial program to embed innovators in a national laboratory announced its inaugural group of entrepreneurs and mentor partners, including the University of Chicago’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Developers of energy, transportation and aerospace technologies will join Chain Reaction Innovations based at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory. Read More

  • Innovators Drawn to Illinois By Argonne's First Embedded Entrepreneurship Program

    In an event today with U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and Senator Dick Durbin (D-III) at the University of Chicago’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI), the Midwest’s first entrepreneurship program to embed innovators in a national laboratory, announced the selection of its first members and mentor partners. Read More

  • Leaders address future of Argonne National Laboratory

    U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, Rep. Bill Foster and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz address the future of facilities like Argonne National Laboratory during an event Dec. 20, 2016 at the University of Chicago. The video tape of the Chain Reaction Innovations press conference to announce its first cohort can be viewed here. Read More

  • Congressional funding is key to questions about Argonne's future

    Dignitaries spoke at The University of Chicago's Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Hyde Park to announce the first participants in a new program to embed entrepreneurs at a national laboratory. Speakers included Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin. Read More

  • Rick Perry 'very intent on doing a good job'

    Moniz made his remarks about Perry at an event where Argonne announced the first class of entrepreneurs who would "embed" at the laboratory to advance their energy ideas. That means they will work with mentors at the labs and have access to lab equipment, for two years. The program will cover their salaries, benefits, use of laboratory equipment and office space. The Chain Reaction Innovations program is the first of its type in the Midwest and similar to an earlier program at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The four selected entrepreneurs are developing new designs for fuel cells and jet engines and aiming to harness nuclear waste and wastewater for new clean energy applications. Moniz said innovation was the "secret sauce" to address climate change and enhance nuclear security. Read More

  • Meet the 4 Clean-Tech Innovations that will Drive Manufacturing Efficiency Gains

    Strategic partnerships with government agencies and NGOs can help businesses drive efficiency — and develop innovations that can improve other companies’ environmental and economic performance at the same time. Case in point: a program that embeds innovators in a national laboratory where they will develop environmentally sustainable and energy-efficient technologies that drive manufacturing growth. The first four innovators to participate in the Chain Reaction Innovations program were announced yesterday at an event with US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-III) at the University of Chicago’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. These four were selected from more than 100 entrepreneurs and startups from 22 states that applied to participate in the first cohort based at the DOE’s Argonne National Laboratory. The program is funded through the DOE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office. Read More

  • Ernest Moniz, Sen. Dick Durbin Name 1st Cohort of Argonne Lab Entrepreneurship Program

    Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) have announced the names of the initial members and mentor partners of an embedded entrepreneurship program based at the Argonne National Laboratory. Read More

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  • 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

  • Call for Cohort 5 Applications

    Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI), the entrepreneurship program at Argonne National Laboratory, will begin accepting applications on September 15 for cohort 5. 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

  • 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

  • VENTUREPRISE LAUNCH STUDENT PARTICIPANT ACCEPTED INTO ELITE CHAIN REACTIONS INNOVATIONS PROGRAM

    TUESDAY, APRIL 21, 2020 Ventureprise Launch Student Participant Accepted Into Elite Chain Reactions Innovations Program Author: Laura Smailes, Ventureprise Assistant Director As Margaret Kocherga, Ph.D. Nanoscale Science Student and founder of Light and Charge Solutions, pops up virtually on my screen for … Read More