COnovate (formerly SafeLi) Named Wisconsin Innovation Award Winner

Congratulations to SafeLi — a CTC client, and SBIR Advance awardee, for receiving a 2020 Wisconsin Innovation Award

SafeLi, based in Shorewood, discovered Graphene Monoxide, a nano-material that may enable enhanced safety for the use of lithium-ion batteries.

In 2016, SafeLi founders, Carol Hirschmugle and Marija Gajdardziska, sought CTC mentorship to explore the SBIR program for their newly patented nano-material. Since then, the team has secured a SBIR Phase 1 grant from the Department of Energy ($154,000), a Department of Energy Phase II ($1,049,000) and a Phase I SBIR from National Science Foundation. In 2018, SafeLi received a Phase I SBIR Advance Matching grant, followed by a Phase II SBIR Advance grant in 2020.

“SafeLi was selected as one of our SBIR Advance winners and did an excellent job in their lean start-up activities.  We are pleased and not at all surprised in their continued successes and the Wisconsin Innovation Award.  They are a perfect example of an academic researcher/entrepreneur and are looking forward to their growth.,” said Dr. Todd Strother, CTC Senior Technology Consultant.

We are excited to be part of SafeLi’s journey to make safe and effective lithium batteries!

Find out more about this award from this coverage October 13th:

Learn more about SafeLi’s journey from a research project to a recognized and applauded small business.

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