(Originally published on Innovation Crossroads)
Oak Ridge National Laboratory welcomed seven technology innovators to join the third cohort of Innovation Crossroads, the Southeast’s only entrepreneurial research and development program based at a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory.
The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) joined Innovation Crossroads as a program sponsor enabling a record number of innovators focused on energy-related and grid topics. Innovation Crossroads is also sponsored by DOE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO).
Selected through a merit-based process, these scientists and engineers will have the opportunity to advance their technologies by working with world-class science experts and unique capabilities at ORNL, such as Summit, the nation’s most powerful supercomputer; the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility, DOE’s largest advanced manufacturing research center; and the Spallation Neutron Source, offering atomic-level insight into advanced materials. The innovators also will be partnered with a powerful network of mentoring organizations in the Southeast to help them develop business strategies to advance their breakthroughs to market.
The third cohort of Innovation Crossroads fellows and their projects include (video):
- Jesse Thornburg: Learning-Based Monitoring and Control for Optimizing Commercial Refrigeration Operations
- Alex Lewis: Microbial Electrolysis for Production of Renewable Hydrogen from Organic Waste
- Leila Safavi-Tehrani: Advanced Production of High Purity Radioisotopes for Nuclear Medicine
- Hicham Ghossein: Innovative Processing of Advanced Fiber Nonwoven Mats Through a Hydroentanglement System
- Trevor McQueen: Next-Generation Sample Preparation Device for Cryo-TEM Studies
- William Fitzhugh: Industrial Scale Production of Semiconducting Carbon-Nanotubes via Resonant-Dielectrophoresis
- Jesse Claypoole: Advanced Multi-Spectral Light Field Imaging Sensors
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An Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) initiative that is attracting top young entrepreneurs to the region to grow their energy-focused start-ups is launching recruitment for its third cohort while also adding an additional key sponsor.
The application process for the next cohort of up to six participants in the “Innovation Crossroads” (IC) program closes on October 29. The application can be found here.
IC is one of three U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Lab-Embedded Entrepreneurship Programs designed to place top technical post-doctoral talent within national labs as Research Fellows with the goal of subsequently launching businesses. Recipients of the two-year fellowship receive an award valued at nearly $500,000 that includes stipends, vouchers for collaborative research and development at ORNL, start-up business guidance and mentoring, and health and travel benefits.
For the third cohort that will arrive in the region in May 2019, ORNL has signed-up the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) as a sponsor. The agency’s funding will provide support for IC Fellows focused on energy-related topics such as grid reliability and emerging technologies.
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Innovation Crossroads, an ORNL program that matches aspiring energy entrepreneurs with experts and mentors in technology-related fields to take their world-changing ideas from R&D to the marketplace, will soon be opening up applications for cohort three.
But before that happens, Innovation Crossroads leaders are hosting a series of webinars to educate interested applicants in what the program offers.
Through an annual call, up to five entrepreneurs will be selected to transform their ideas into energy and advanced manufacturing companies with financial support from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office. Innovators will receive a fellowship that covers living costs, benefits and a travel stipend for up to two years, plus substantial funding to use on collaborative research and development at ORNL.
Eligibility Requirements include:
- Must have PhD or equivalent experience
- Must be focused on energy or manufacturing innovation
- Must leverage ORNL R&D capabilities and have an impact on Department of Energy missions
- Must be willing to relocate to the Knoxville-Oak Ridge area
- Must be US citizen or lawful permanent resident at time of application
Some key dates to keep in mind:
- September 6, 2018: Cohort 3 Applications Open
- September 6, 2018: Cohort 3 Informational Webinar
- October 4, 2018: Cohort 3 Informational Webinar
- October 29, 2018: Cohort 3 Applications Close
- May 2019: Cohort 3 Onboarding
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