Join ORNL and TAEBC for an Innovation Crossroads Showcase during Innov865 Week on September 22 from 3–5 p.m. ET!
About this event
Join the Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council and Oak Ridge National Laboratory for an Innovation Crossroads Showcase on September 22 from 3–5 p.m. ET. Held during Innov865 Week, this event will celebrate deep-tech entrepreneurs and innovation in our community.
The event will feature pitches from entrepreneurs in cohort five and cohort six of ORNL’s Innovation Crossroads program. Following these pitches, leaders from the three local accelerators will come on stage for a panel about the Knoxville-Oak Ridge region’s position as a hub for cleantech entrepreneurs.
About Innovation Crossroads
Starting new energy-related technology companies can be challenging, and that’s one reason the number of energy startups has declined significantly over the past decade. Innovation Crossroads is a program supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office, Building Technologies Office and the Tennessee Valley Authority. The program leverages Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s unique scientific resources and capabilities and connects the nation’s top innovators with experts, mentors and networks in technology-related fields to take world-changing ideas from research and development to the marketplace.
Innovation Crossroads is a two-year program for fellows focusing on energy and advanced manufacturing technologies. Through an annual national call and competitive stage-gate process, top entrepreneurial-minded fellows are selected to join the program. The fellowship includes a personal living stipend, a health insurance and travel allowance, a substantial grant to access expertise and facilities at ORNL, and comprehensive mentoring assistance to build a sustainable business model.
By embedding the next generation of top technical talent within ORNL, Innovation Crossroads positions entrepreneurial researcher fellows to address fundamental energy and manufacturing challenges identified by industry.