Innovating for Resilience

Application & Eligibility

Participation is NOT limited to UChicago-affiliated startups:

  • Focus area must be in one of the areas this accelerator is designed to support:
    • Energy storage and infrastructure,
    • Next-generation nuclear solutions
    • Hydrogen and alternative fuels
    • Materials refinement and process intensification
  • The startup must be an established U.S. legal entity at the time of entry to the program.
  • A core team should be in place including a technical lead and business lead.
  • The CEO/CTO must be able to work side-by-side with other cohort members in Chicago and immerse in the regional cleantech ecosystem for designated periods during the 9-month hybrid program.
  • Preference for early-stage ventures (established within the last 3 years) past the ideation stage with well-established proof-of-concept data.
  • The startup should not have more than $1M raised in dilutive funding (no cap on non-dilutive funding).
  • Note: The accelerator will take 1% equity in post-money SAFE for program participation. The $30K cash investment will have a separate SAFE.

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