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DOE Lab-Embedded Entrepreneurship Program

Where do I go?

What is it?

Chain Reaction Innovations

Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI) is a two-year program for innovators focusing on energy and science technologies run by the Argonne National Laboratory. Through an annual call for innovators, four to six teams will be selected to join CRI. The goal of CRI is to give the nation’s brightest energy and science innovators the best chance at success.

Cyclotron Road

Cyclotron Road is a fellowship program that supports leading entrepreneurial scientists as they advance a project with the potential for global impact. Every year, a Cohort of entrepreneurial scientists and engineers are recruited from around the world to join Cyclotron Road. For two years, these innovators are embedded in the Berkeley research ecosystem, where they are provided with funding, access to Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and UC Berkeley, and a program of intensive mentorship, education, and networking.

Innovation Crossroads

Oak Ridge National Laboratory, in partnership with DOE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office and the Tennessee Valley Authority, has developed a program, Innovation Crossroads, to help entrepreneurs create the next generation of clean energy companies. At Innovation Crossroads, ORNL will match innovators with technology leaders, experienced mentors, and business and investment networks that can accelerate the transition of their world-changing ideas to the marketplace.

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Lab-Embedded Entrepreneurship Program

The Lab-Embedded Entrepreneurship Programs take top entrepreneurial scientists and engineers and embed them within U.S. national laboratories to perform early-stage research and development (R&D) that may lead to the launch of energy or manufacturing businesses in the future. DOE created the Lab-Embedded Entrepreneurship Programs to provide an institutional home for innovative postdoctoral researchers to build their research into products and train to be entrepreneurs. The Lab-Embedded Entrepreneurship Programs are funded by DOE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office.