DOE Emerging Tech Studio

Program Details

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Technology Transitions (OTT) in partnership with FedTech are excited to invite you to apply to the DOE Emerging Tech Studio. Learn how to launch a technology-focused venture by leveraging DOE’s extensive portfolio of intellectual property across the national laboratory network. 

As energy dependency becomes one of the most significant threats we face, NNSA and DOE continue to serve as catalysts for innovation, investing millions of dollars into national laboratories. Throughout the program, teams of highly talented entrepreneurs are paired with technologies on the forefront of innovation with the objective of creating market-defining startups.

Download the program brochure here.

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Learn more about DOE Emerging Tech Startup Studio, an exciting opportunity for entrepreneurs and inventers. Apply now:

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Program Dates

  • Application period opened: March 30, 2022
  • Application period closed: June 15, 2022
  • Participant selection announcement: June 30, 2022
  • Cohort period: July through October, 2022
  • Venture summit: November 3, 2022

Stay updated with the latest information on the DOE Emerging Tech Studio here.

Call to Entrepreneurs

If you are passionate about entrepreneurship, innovation, and deep technology, you’re encouraged to explore the possibilities of launching your own tech-focused venture. 

  • We place value in diverse experiences, and as a result our program is background-agnostic and accepts applicants from a wide range of past experiences
  • While entrepreneurs are expected to commit 20 hours per week to the pursuit of their ventures, the program is designed to be as accommodating as possible to schedules and other full time commitments
  • The studio will always remain non-dilutive and founders will retain 100% ownership of any entities formed out of the program.

2022 Applications have Closed
Entrepreneurs – Apply for the 2023 Cohort

Call to Inventors

Studio teams are paired with highly vetted, breakthrough technologies across DOE's national laboratory network. These technologies go through an extensive due diligence process by our technology partnerships teams in order to increase the chance of market viability. Learn more about the program and its timeline here.

During the cohort, inventors must commit to spending at least one hour per week with the entrepreneur team and participate in a few weekend events, such as the kickoff and final showcase. At a minimum, the inventor must have filed a provisional patent. Higher technology readiness level (TRL) technologies (≥4) with demonstrated prototypes are preferred. Inventions within the last three years are also preferred.

2022 Applications have Closed
Inventors – Submit for the 2023 Cohort 

To learn more about the program, check out a full recording of our launch event.

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Video is a recording of the DOE Emerging Tech Studio launch event. Text version

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Program Partner

FedTech is a venture firm at the intersection of entrepreneurship, breakthrough technologies, and mission-driven organizations. Its commitment to unlock the benefits of technology for all is possible with deep relationships and collaboration that spans across the U.S. Department of Defense, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Institute of Standards and Technology, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, federal labs, research institutions, and corporations.

Please reach out with questions by emailing the FedTech team at