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In our opinion, funding is the most important and most scarce resource for startup founders everywhere, especially in Oklahoma. For that reason, we've chosen to focus our efforts on helping founders secure SBIR/STTR funding to catalyze the growth of their startup.
We are one of the first organizations to pioneer an SBIR-focused business accelerator in 2017, and we're not stopping there. Unlike other business accelerators, we don't take equity in your company and all of our services are 100% free-of-charge.
Our focus is on connecting founders to the mentorship, expertise, and resources they need for launching and growing a hi-tech business ... and we've set the standard for every SBIR/STTR organization nationwide.
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Your Technology Could Be Vital in NASA's Moon To Mars Mission!
Not familiar with Moon to Mars? It's an innovative and sustainable program of exploration with commercial and international partners to send humans farther into space and bring back to Earth new knowledge and opportunities.
Learn more at NASA.com
How it Works
Oct 5 - Nov 8 We'll Help You Connect
The very first step in the NASA Accelerator is communicating and networking with the right people. Because the SBIR/STTR program is highly competitive, you need a competitive advantage! One of the most important aspects of submitting a NASA SBIR proposal is finding the right connection at one of the NASA Centers who will champion your research or technology.
Nov 9 Find a Topic
NASA will release funding topics, which are short descriptions of problems that you can be funded to solve. You will need to identify a specific topic that you believe you can create a solution for in order to apply to our accelerator.
Nov 10 - Dec 22 1-on-1 Mentorship
Our staff of SBIR/STTR experts will meet with you to answer questions and provide feedback on your strategy, partners, proposal, budget, and all factors that affect success in the NASA proposal writing process.
Jan 4 - Jan 7 Proposal Review
We will be your second set of eyes to make sure your proposal is top-notch. In the final review process, our team will offer feedback to get your proposal from good to great.
Jan 8 Submission Deadline
First, you will submit your proposal to NASA via their web portal, and second, you will celebrate a job well done!
"GROWTH CAPITAL IS CRITICAL TO START-UP SUCCESS. THROUGH THE OK CATALYST PROGRAM'S GUIDANCE, WE HAVE SUCCESSFULLY WON OVER $1 MILLION IN FUNDING FROM THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE VIA THEIR SBIR PROGRAM. THIS ALL HAPPENED IN LESS THAN 6 MONTHS FROM OUR FIRST MEETING. IT IS THE GREATEST SECRET IN THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA."
MICHAEL MORFORD / FORMER U.S. ARMY CAPTAIN & IRAQ WAR VETERAN / FOUNDER & CEO, VERTIPRIME
Your Best Chance To Win Funding Is The Department of Defense!
The DoD invests $1.6 BILLION in SBIR/STTR funding each year, which is roughly 50% of the overall SBIR/STTR budget! Additionally, it invests in the most diverse portfolio of technologies, so chances are they're looking for exactly what you're developing, they just don't know it yet!
How it Works
Find a Topic
Department of Defense components (such as the Army, Navy, Air Force, etc.) will release funding topics, which are short descriptions of problems that you can be funded to solve. You will need to identify a specific topic that you believe you can create a solution for in order to apply to our accelerator.
Submit an Application
Once you've identified a specific topic, submit an application to our DoD Accelerator and tell us more about your proposed solution to that topic. If we have any questions, we will contact you directly to learn more.
Get Notified You're In!
If you are invited to participate in our Accelerator, we will notify you via email and give you more information on the path forward. If you aren't accepted, we will let you know why and point you towards resources that will help you prepare to submit a new application in the future.
Once accepted, we will give you access to a virtual training course that was designed by our SBIR/STTR experts to demystify the DoD proposal writing process.
Granted Access to Virtual Training
Our staff of SBIR/STTR experts will meet with you 1-on-1 every week to answer questions and provide feedback on your strategy, partners, proposal, budget, and all factors that affect success in the DoD proposal writing process.
First, you will submit your proposal to the DoD via their web portal, and second, you will celebrate a job well done!
Welcome to the Family!
Our relationship doesn't end when you finish our DoD SBIR Accelerator and submit your proposal. You will have access to the OK Catalyst staff and our diverse network of partners as you continue growing your company, and if you win your proposal, you will have the opportunity to continue being mentored by the OK Catalyst staff during your Phase I SBIR/STTR contract and beyond.
Dec. 7 - Feb. 10
Applications Due Nov. 30
"WINNING SBIR FUNDING WAS A GREAT VALIDATION FROM THE SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY THAT THE APPROACH I BELIEVE IN IS ACTUALLY VIABLE. IT WAS CONFIRMATION THAT WHAT I'M DOING IS MEANINGFUL AND HAS THE POTENTIAL TO BECOME A HELPFUL PRODUCT IN THE END. IT MEANT, NOT ONLY AS A SCIENTIST BUT AS A BUSINESS PERSON, THAT WHAT I'M DOING IS ACTUALLY WORTH AN SBIR GRANT"
DR. HENRY SHIN / FOUNDER & CEO, EXCITANT THERAPEUTICS
COMING IN 2021!
Funding to advance health and life sciences that will impact the world!
The mission of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) SBIR/STTR program is to improve health and save lives, to translate promising technologies to the private sector, and to enable life-saving innovations to reach consumer markets. To accomplish this mission, the NIH invests in health and life science companies that are creating innovative technologies.