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Entrepreneurs from Cohorts 2 and 3
Cohort 4 Update

Twenty innovators were chosen to pitch their technology and business model concepts to the Innovation Crossroads' review panel, comprised of local business and technical experts in January. Out of the initial pitches, 13 candidates were selected to return to ORNL for the final round of competition February 12-13, 2020. A total of 44 applications for Innovation Crossroads’ Cohort 4 were received overall, representing 31 states and 39 universities.

Up to six innovators will be selected for Cohort 4 with support from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA).  The six innovators selected for Cohort 4 are slated to onboard in May 2020.


DeRosa named to Forbes 30 Under 30
Don DeRosa, co-founder of Eonix, was one of 15,000 nominees named in Forbes’ 30 Under 30 annual prestigious list.  DeRosa is one of 600 young leaders and 20 industries from across the U.S. and Canada to receive this significant honor. As a Cohort 2 innovator, DeRosa is developing liquid electrolytes that increase the performance of ultra-capacitors, which are energy storage devices similar to batteries with the ability to charge and release power more quickly.

McMahon joins T3 Transition Accelerator's 2020 Cohort
Shane McMahon, co-founder of Lux Semiconductors, has been accepted to join the Technology, Transfer, and Transition (T3) Accelerator; which is the Air Force’s most active accelerator. The Air Force Transition Hyper-Accelerator, in partnership with Wright Brothers Institute (WBI) and The Entrepreneurs Center, leverages methodologies, programs, and resources to support the U.S. Air Force’s Small Business Innovation Research program goals.

Lewis receives top honors at University of Tennessee Research Foundation's 2019 Innovation Luncheon 
Alex Lewis, co-founder of Electro-Active Technologies with Abhijeet Borole, received the Start-up Award at the 2019 University of Tennessee Research Foundation Innovation Luncheon.  As a Cohort 3 innovator, Lewis is developing a modular system to covert organic waste into renewable hydrogen.  The underlying technology is called microbial electrolysis, which contains a microbial community designed to work synergistically to produce electrons from waste. 

Active Energy Systems receives investment from TennesSeed Fund
Active Energy Systems, co-founded by Mitchell Ishmael, was selected as one of three initial investments from the TennesSeed Fund.  The TennesSeed Fund is a new evergreen, seed-stage venture capital fund seeking to invest in Tennessee startups. 


16-20  Understanding Biology Through Structure
Santa Fe, New Mexico  Participant: Trevor McQueen

22-26  Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) 2020 Conference
Chicago, Illinois  Participant: Justin Nussbaum


20-23  RAPID + TCT
Anaheim, California  Participant: Justin Nussbaum
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