OK Catalyst is funded in part through the Federal and State Technology Partnership Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.
We are passionate about driving innovation forward throughout the heartland.
The OK Catalyst team comes from a variety of backgrounds including new product development, technology commercialization, business development, marketing and communications, and project management.
Meet the team below!
The Small Business Administration’s Federal and State Technology Partnership (FAST) Program is a competitive program designed to strengthen the technological competitiveness of small businesses. It improves the participation of small technology firms in the innovation and commercialization of new technology, thereby helping keep the United States on the cutting edge of research and development in science and technology.
All 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa may receive funding for an array of services (e.g., outreach and technical assistance) in support of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.
The Federal and State Technology (FAST) Partnership Program provides funding to organizations to execute state/regional programs that increase the number of SBIR/STTR proposals leading to an increase in the number of SBIR/STTR awards from women, socially/economically disadvantaged individuals, and small businesses in underrepresented areas - typically rural states.
FAST awards build the SBIR/STTR ecosystem through:
Outreach: increase the pipeline of SBIR/STTR applicants through training and outreach; and build the capacity of partner organizations and individuals to support SBIR/STTR applicants and existing awardees.
Technical and business assistance: support entrepreneurs and startups through programs or services that improve proposal development and team creation; provide assistance that leads to the commercialization of technology developed through SBIR/STTR program funding; and form or encourage relevant mentoring networks to provide business advice and counseling.
Financial support: make grants or loans to applicants to pay a portion or all the cost of developing SBIR/STTR proposals (Phase 0), attending relevant conferences, and bridging gaps between phases.
Current FAST Awardees
FY 2021 FAST Competition
In FY 2021, FAST was appropriated $4,000,000 in total funding. Of this funding, $3,000,000 is allocated for the continuation of awards made in FY 2020 (also known as the 2021 Cohort). The remaining $1,000,000 will fund new awards under the following funding opportunity (up to $125,000 per applicant).
Eligible applicants include state and local economic development agencies, colleges and universities, accelerators, incubators, Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs), Women’s Business Centers (WBCs), Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs), and other technology-based economic development entities. Only one proposal is allowed per state, with an accompanying letter from a state’s governor or equivalent. Varying levels of matching funds are required from each participating state or territory.