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Argonne National Laboratory Entrepreneurship Program Opens Applications for Startups

Newswise — Scale your clean energy or climate tech startup with support from Argonne National Laboratory’s Chain Reaction Innovations program. Apply now, applications close at 5 p.m. CST, November 30, 2022.

Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI), the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Argonne National Laboratory entrepreneurship program, is now accepting applications for its Cohort 7. Entrepreneurs with clean energy innovations and climate technology companies that can take advantage of Argonne resources are encouraged to apply.

CRI powers the next generation of energy entrepreneurs by helping them bring their innovations to market. A new cohort is selected each year through an annual call for applications. This year, the application period is open until 5:00 p.m. CST on November 30. Those chosen for Cohort 7 will begin work in the summer of 2023. Anyone interested in developing startup technology aligned with a research area in Argonne is encouraged to apply.

“CRI helps startups bridge the gap between early-stage technology and a viable business. This year, in particular, we are inviting potential innovators who have both decarbonization and adaptation climate solutions like water technology to apply to the program. By working together, we can address the short- and long-term effects of climate change, while supporting innovation and job creation today. —Dick Co, Director of CRI

“CRI is dedicated to inclusive innovation. We are proud to have a diverse set of innovators who share their unique perspectives, contribute new ideas and provide valuable insights to all who participate,” said Deena Wright, CRI Senior Program Specialist who works with cohorts. “Our goal is to ensure that the startups in our program graduate with a solid foundation of business knowledge, while developing their technologies.”

To apply or learn more, visit the CRI website.

Information webinars

CRI will host informational webinars in November for interested applicants to learn more about the program. Additionally, CRI staff will hold Zoom office hours to answer individual questions. If selected, innovators receive salary, benefits, travel expenses, and support for technical work at Argonne.

Tuesday, November 8 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. CST
Monday, November 28 from 3-4 p.m. CST

Webinar registration.

Cohort 7 Scholarships

  • Up to $110,000 per year for wage allowance and $12,000 for travel and moving expenses.
  • Benefits include health care, with a family option.
  • Up to $220,000 for technical work at Argonne.
  • In-depth entrepreneurial training for new founders, as well as ongoing programming.
  • Networking opportunities with business experts, investors, mentors, CRI cohorts and partner companies.
  • Mentoring and support from the CRI team, plus technical expertise from Argonne researchers.
  • Argonne does not take any equity stake.

About IRC

Each year, CRI selects four to six innovators who focus on clean energy and science-based technologies for a two-year fellowship through a competitive process. Program participants receive financial and technical support to carry out early-stage research and development, with the goal of starting energy or manufacturing businesses.

“CRI helps startups bridge the gap between early-stage technology and a viable business,” said Dick Co, Director of CRI. “This year, in particular, we are inviting potential innovators who have both decarbonization and adaptive climate solutions like water technology to apply to the program. By working together, we can address the effects short- and long-term climate change, while supporting innovation and job creation today.Since its inaugural cohort graduated in 2019, CRI startups have created 585 jobs while raising more $371 million in funding.

Chain Reaction Innovations is part of the Lab’s Embedded Entrepreneurship Program supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Office of Advanced Manufacturing and Industrial Decarbonization; the US Department of Energy’s Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) program; and by Argonne National Laboratory.

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is on a mission to accelerate the research, development, demonstration, and deployment of technologies and solutions to equitably move America to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions across the economy by 2050 at the latest, and ensure that the clean energy economy benefits all Americans, create well-paying jobs for the American people – especially workers and communities impacted by the energy transition and those historically underserved by the energy system and overloaded with pollution.

Argonne National Laboratory seeks solutions to pressing national problems in science and technology. The nation’s first national laboratory, Argonne conducts cutting-edge basic and applied scientific research in virtually every scientific discipline. Argonne researchers work closely with researchers from hundreds of companies, universities, and federal, state, and municipal agencies to help them solve their specific problems, advance American scientific leadership, and prepare the nation for a better future. With employees in more than 60 countries, Argonne is managed by UChicago Argonne, LLC for the US Department of Energy’s Office of Science.

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