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Between Rounds 1-3, SBV has supported 114 national lab collaborations with small businesses in 30 different states.

Energy Department Announces New National Laboratory Collaborations with 38 Small Businesses

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced 38 small businesses will collaborate with national lab researchers through Tech-to-Market’s Small Business Vouchers (SBV) program. SBV facilitates access to the DOE national labs for American small businesses—providing them the resources they need to overcome critical technology challenges for their advanced energy products and offering them a global competitive advantage. DOE will provide funds to eight national labs to partner with 38 competitively selected small businesses across the country. Read the full story and see Secretary Rick Perry’s announcement remarks on our website.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory Welcomes Innovation Crossroads Entrepreneurial Researchers

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) welcomed the first cohort of innovators to join Innovation Crossroads, the Southeast region's first entrepreneurial research and development (R&D) program based at a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratory. Learn more about Innovation Crossroads at ORNL. 

Third Cohort of Innovators Join Cyclotron Road

Cyclotron Road at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) announced the third cohort of innovators. The 10 innovators started their 2-year fellowship at LBNL in May.

Innovation Crossroads at ORNL and Cyclotron Road at LBNL are two of DOE’s Lab-Embedded Entrepreneurship Programs, which are funded by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE’s) Advanced Manufacturing Office and co-managed with Tech-to-Market

National Cleantech University Prize Competition Set for June 26–27 in Austin, Texas

The 2017 Cleantech University Prize national collegiate business plan competition will happen June 26–27 in Austin, Texas. This year's competition, hosted by VentureWell, will take place alongside the 2017 Smart Cities Connect Conference and Expo and will bring together the top three teams from eight regional collegiate business plan competitions hosted earlier in the year. Learn more about the results of the recent regional competitions.

DOE’s Lab-Corps Has a New Name

DOE’s Lab-Corps program is now called Energy I-Corps! The new name reflects the evolution of the program within DOE and the national lab community. While the name has changed, the program’s mission stays the same—whether a national lab researcher is improving advanced fuel types, developing novel techniques for environmental remediation, or creating opportunities for more energy-efficient buildings, Energy I-Corps will continue to help scientists get out of the lab and explore the commercial potential of their research. In addition to the new name, EERE has renewed its partnership with the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps, a nationally recognized training program that helps prepare scientists and engineers to extend their focus beyond the lab.    

Energy I-Corps Supports Three Emerging National Lab Technologies in Building Energy Efficiency

Thanks to the two-month Energy I-Corps training for DOE national lab researchers, three energy efficiency technologies for buildings are closer to market evaluation. Read more about these advanced energy-saving technologies.     

Work In Progress: Build4Scale Manufacturing Training for Clean Energy Entrepreneurs 

Over the past few months, Tech-to-Market’s Build4Scale team has been working hard to develop the core content of the manufacturing training for clean energy entrepreneurs. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is coordinating the curriculum development partners’ efforts; partners include Texas A&M University, Optimal Inc., EWI, MANEX, MassMEP, and Greentown Labs. Tech-to-Market expects that training materials will be ready this summer, so stay tuned for more updates! 

Tips for Giving Your Best Clean Energy Business Plan Pitch

Pitching your clean energy business plan to investors and industry can be a daunting task, but it doesn't have to be. Tech-to-Market team member, Alice Wang, has judged multiple competitions. Read the top five tips she and other judges from the energy sector frequently give so you’re ready to nail that next elevator pitch!  

New Process Testing for Biodegradable Plastics

Mango Materials, a bioenergy start up, is using the Small Business Vouchers (SBV) program to partner with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and refine its biopolymer process that makes plastics biodegradable and petroleum-free. Read the EERE success story to learn more.  

Former NFL Player Will Allen Talks Football and Energy

Tech-to-Market’s Dana Bye sat down with Will Allen, a former NFL safety who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Dallas Cowboys, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, to talk about why he chose energy after a career in professional football. Read the full interview.     

EERE Success Story: Energy-Efficient Windows Saving Americans Billions of Dollars

Low-E windows—which feature an energy-saving technology developed in partnership with DOE’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory—are found in 80% of windows sold each year to homes and 50% of sales to commercial buildings in the United States. Learn more about how the lab worked closely with window manufacturers and the building industry to develop, produce, validate, and deploy energy-saving, low-emissivity, or "low-E" coatings.