Now Accepting Applications- Applied Research Fellowship

The Innovation Crossroads Applied Research Experience (ARE) provides a mentored opportunity for pre-doctoral scientists and engineers to apply their education in support of an impact-driven research and development project at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. This program is sponsored by the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) of the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). Through participation in this prestigious program, participants will: Be responsible for the planning and completion of a research-oriented project with direct impact on critical technical development milestones Gain deep insights into energy technology commercialization through mentorship and participation in business development activities Help develop innovative technologies that will have a real impact on the U.S. economy, environment, and society

Published on August 08, 2017
Posted in Innovation Crossroads News

Lee alumna Anna Douglas selected for ORNL fellowship

Anna Douglas has been selected for a prestigious entrepreneurial fellowship in the inaugural cohort of the Department of Energy Innovation Crossroads program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Douglas, an interdisciplinary materials science student working toward a doctorate at Vanderbilt University, is one of five students selected to participate.

Published on June 19, 2017
Posted in Innovation Crossroads News

Networking opens new doors for Commercialization Fellow

The path to success is rarely clear-cut, and it often takes unexpected turns. This is especially true in entrepreneurship, where a single networking connection can suddenly open doors, or a crucial piece of feedback from a customer can lead to pivotal product developments. For Mitchell Ishmael, Ph.D. ‘17, one key insight helped him make a shift in his research project that led to multiple opportunities. Having just graduated, Ishmael is now involved in not one, but two next-phase innovation programs: NEXUS-NY and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Innovation Crossroads.

Published on June 16, 2017
Posted in Innovation Crossroads News

Mega Watt Ventures 2017 Finalists

We are happy to announce the 10 finalists who will participate in the 2017 Megawatt Ventures competition!  These finalists will each have an opportunity to pitch their company on-stage at our June 9th Competition & Showcase for a chance to win $50,000 and an opportunity to attend the Cleantech University Prize national competition between June 26-27th in Austin, Texas.

Published on May 24, 2017
Posted in Innovation Crossroads News

NREL to Work with 14 Additional Small Businesses as Part of the DOE Small Business Vouchers Program

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will collaborate with 14 companies to address their critical technology challenges under the third round of DOE’s Small Business Vouchers (SBV) program. DOE announced a total of 38 small businesses that will collaborate with national lab researchers through round three of SBV. The businesses selected will have access to unique capabilities in the DOE national laboratory system to help them overcome the technical challenges inherent in bringing innovations to market.

Published on May 22, 2017
Posted in Innovation Crossroads News

Novel nanotube approach earns grad student coveted spot in ORNL innovation program

An interdisciplinary materials science graduate student has been selected for a prestigious entrepreneurship program to scale and commercialize a revolutionary method of carbon nanotube production. Anna Douglas is one of five entrepreneurs selected for the inaugural cohort of the Department of Energy Innovation Crossroads program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).

Published on May 19, 2017
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ORNL unveils five entrepreneurs, four companies in inaugural “Innovation Crossroads” cohort

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) set a goal of finding up to five of the nation’s top young energy innovators and, by all accounts, it appears the recruiting team has achieved its goal with the inaugural cohort for the “Innovation Crossroads.” ORNL leaders publicly unveiled the four start-ups at an event yesterday in Oak Ridge attended by the innovators, researchers with whom they will be working, and two top administrators from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

Published on May 19, 2017
Posted in Innovation Crossroads News

ORNL welcomes Innovation Crossroads entrepreneurial research fellows

Oak Ridge National Laboratory today welcomed the first cohort of innovators to join Innovation Crossroads, the Southeast region’s first entrepreneurial research and development program based at a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory.

Published on May 19, 2017
Posted in Innovation Crossroads News

Innovation Crossroads accelerator seeks future clean energy entrepreneurs

On Sept. 20 during Innov865 Week, ORNL announced the launch of Innovation Crossroads, a program that matches aspiring energy entrepreneurs with the experts, mentors and networks in technology-related fields to take their world-changing ideas from R&D to the marketplace. The program will officially start in March 2017, and the applications to join the inaugural cohort is open until Nov. 18. Up to five entrepreneurs will be selected to transform their ideas into clean energy companies with financial support from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). Innovators will receive a fellowship that covers living costs, benefits and a travel stipend for up to two years, plus up to $350,000 to use on collaborative research and development at ORNL.