Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the opening of applications for the 2022 cohorts in its Lab-Embedded Entrepreneurship Program. Innovators selected for this program will join an extensive network of mentors and experts at U.S. National Laboratories to develop the next-generation technologies that will help pave the way to a clean energy future.
"By providing access to the unparalleled scientific resources of our nation's labs, the Lab-Embedded Entrepreneurship Program backs promising scientists and engineers who are ready to transform their ideas into revolutionary technologies," said Acting Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Kelly Speakes-Backman. "This mentorship program supports scientists to accelerate the commercialization of technologies necessary to decarbonize American industries, as it creates new careers for people to join our clean energy economy."
To provide participants with the support they need to evolve early-stage research and development innovation into viable businesses, the Lab-Embedded Entrepreneurship Program offers:
- Two-year paid fellowships: Each fellowship includes a personal living stipend, health insurance stipend, and travel allowance.
- National laboratory access and research funding: In addition to unparalleled access to facilities, equipment, and expertise at a National Laboratory, participants receive research and development funding to foster research collaboration.
- Business mentors, entrepreneurial training, and networking: Fellows will have access to experienced business mentorship, entrepreneurial training programs, and exclusive networking opportunities. Innovators are also exposed to a wide range of leaders from academia, industry, government, and finance that can serve as advisors and partners.
EERE's Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) is seeking scientists and engineers with novel ideas for building a manufacturing future that supports economy-wide decarbonization. The program is particularly interested in ideas with the potential to improve U.S. manufacturing energy efficiency, material productivity, and competitiveness.
Learn more about the Lab-Embedded Entrepreneurship Program and apply to one of the following 2022 cohorts:
- Chain Reaction Innovations (Argonne National Laboratory; Lemont, IL): Applications due October 31st. Informational webinars through October.
- Cyclotron Road (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Berkeley, CA): Applications due November 30. Informational webinars through November.
- Innovation Crossroads (Oak Ridge National Laboratory; Oak Ridge, TN): Applications due October 31. Informational webinars through October.
The Lab-Embedded Entrepreneurship is primarily funded through AMO. Since the program's inception in 2015, AMO has awarded more than $40 million to innovators running 79 start-ups. As of May 2021, program participants have gone on to attract over $320 million in additional federal funding and follow-on private funding from philanthropy, angel investors, venture capital, and strategic investors.