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TVA joins DOE to Support Next Cohort of Innovation Crossroads Entrepreneurs 
Innovation Crossroads partners with TVA to fund additional innovators for Cohort 3.

The next cohort of Innovation Crossroads fellows at Oak Ridge National Laboratory will receive support from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). Officials made the announcement at the 36 | 86 Entrepreneurship Festival in Nashville.

Up to six innovators will receive a two-year post-doctoral entrepreneurial fellowship worth nearly $500,000 that includes stipends, vouchers for collaborative research and development at ORNL, startup business guidance and mentoring, and health and travel benefits. Entrepreneurs will be selected for their hardware-based innovations during the merit-based process and are expected to begin the program in May 2019.

Read more here.

Cohort 3 Update
The selection process for Innovation Crossroads Cohort 3 is currently underway! Thank you for helping us receive a record number of 60 applications, representing 28 states and 39 universities

Cohort 3 Timeline:
Semi-Final Interviews           January 15-16, 2019
Final Interviews                    February 27-28, 2019
On-Boarding                         May 2019

Follow us on Twitter to find out who will make the cut!
Welcome Gary Rawlings
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Gary Rawlings has joined the Innovation Crossroads team, where he will provide coaching on all aspects of company evolution from technology validation and scale up to raising capital. Rawlings spent most of his career creating and commercializing new products for large global corporations, and more recently has been a coach and mentor for hundreds of advanced technology-based startups. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in Nuclear Physics, and Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Engineering from Texas A&M.

36|86 Recap 
Innovation Crossroads innovators were featured at Launch Tennessee’s 36│86 Entrepreneurship Festival in Nashville last fall.  All eight startups in the program, along with two startups from Chain Reaction Innovations, pitched during an interactive event in front of potential customers, partners, and investors from across the country.  Special thanks to friends at Launch Tennessee for involving us.

O’Connor, Douglas Named to Forbes 30 Under 30
Megan O’Connor, co-founder of Nth Cycle, and Anna Douglas, co-founder of SkyNano Technologies, were two of 600 young leaders and one of 20 industries from across the U.S. and Canada named in Forbes’ 30 Under 30 annual prestigious listing. O’Connor and Douglas were selected for Forbes’ energy sector list. Cohort 2 innovator O’Connor is developing technology that allows for the recycling of rare earth metals found in magnets that are currently discarded with old electronics devices. Cohort 1 innovator Douglas is focused on a low-cost manufacturing technique for high-value carbon nanotubes that overcomes cost and scalability limitations associated with traditional techniques. “We’re all so proud of Anna and Megan,” Tom Rogers, Innovation Crossroads lead said. “They are both really focused on building successful tech companies and deserve this national recognition. We hope this will inspire more entrepreneurs to come to Oak Ridge National Laboratory and East Tennessee to launch their companies.”
Innovators Building Prototypes
Mitchell Ishmael, Cohort 1 member and Active Energy co-founder, is building a prototype heat exchanger and thermal energy storage system. The high-efficiency phase change material (PCM) heat exchanger works by tuning the composition of the PCM and modifying the heat exchanger surface. The PCM does not destroy the surface as it freezes and allows high heat transfer rates throughout the charging process. This new form of energy storage is clean, economical and long-lasting.
Don DeRosa, Cohort 2 member and Eonix co-founder, is supplying first generation electrolyte samples to ultra-capacitor manufacturers. The samples are base formulations intended to be a plug and play substitute for current ultra-capacitor electrolytes that provide moderate increases in energy density, voltage window, and conductivity while remaining cost comparable. Eonix has the capability to optimize their electrolyte with select additives to maximize the performance of any electrode.
Venture Investors Visiting Innovation Crossroads
Innovation Crossroads leadership is working to connect current innovators with early stage investors across the country. Several Innovation Crossroads fellows participated in Chain Reaction Innovations Demo Day and have hosted visits from Mithril Capital Management, True North Venture Partners, Angel Capital Group, and the Energy Foundry.

Investors interested in learning more about the Innovation Crossroads Program or visiting Oak Ridge National Laboratory, please contact us at


15-16  Cohort 3 Semi-Final Interviews
Oak Ridge, Tennessee


27-28  Cohort 3 Final Interviews
Oak Ridge, Tennessee


29-30  TVC National Summit
Chattanooga, Tennessee


28-29  36│86 Entrepreneurship Festival
Nashville, Tennessee
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