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Announcements & Funding News

Updated: Apr 3


OK Virtual Health Tech Company Wins SBIR Phase II Award!

Soaak Technologies, Inc., a Tulsa-based health tech company that employs a "whole-person" approach to reducing stress, decreasing anxiety, and boosting energy, recently announced a $1.1 million SBIR Phase II award from AFWERX to help US Air Force (USAF) service members improve operational performance.

Soaak is developing advanced mobile and web applications tailored for the USAF's unique operational needs. These applications are created to improve mission readiness and cognitive resilience using Soaak's proprietary sound frequency technology, addressing the crucial requirement of maintaining peak mental and physical states in demanding environments. By integrating Soaak's proprietary technology, this project is set to advance health tech innovation and the operational efficacy of service members.

Congratulations to Soaak!


The Funding Labs are a suite of programs designed to equip participants with the knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to successfully navigate the SBIR/STTR funding process. The virtual 4-8 week cohorts are structured around the submission deadline of each agency's solicitation schedule.

*All Funding Lab dates are subject to change. You can find links to all Funding Lab applications on our homepage

2024 - 2025 Schedule

Applications Open April 1 

Find more info about NSF SBIR/STTR here


Applications Open April 1

Find more info about DoD SBIR/STTR here

To find out if your business qualifies for SBIR/STTR funding, schedule a consultation with us anytime.


Oklahoma Innovation Conference & Expo April 9 & 10

OCAST's Oklahoma Innovation Conference & Expo presents an exciting opportunity to Oklahoma innovators and entrepreneurs seeking to network and demonstrate their technologies to influential stakeholders across the state of Oklahoma. A two-day event uniting groundbreaking innovators and industry representatives in a collaborative effort to shape Oklahoma's future, the Oklahoma Innovation Conference & Expo is designed for innovation resource partners and individuals actively seeking resources to fuel their ideas.

The Innovation Conference on April 9 will feature a special U.S. Treasury State Small Business Credit Initiative funding panel, additional speakers and opportunities for collaboration and networking. The Innovation Expo at the Capitol on April 10 will offer pioneering brands at the forefront of innovation an opportunity to demonstrate their state-of-the-art solutions and connect with essential stakeholders including decision-makers, legislators, investors, and forward-thinking entrepreneurs.


STRATO-Tech April 15 - 26

The National Center for Manufacturing Services (NCMS) is co-hosting a demonstration exercise on the KC-135 Stratotanker April 15-26 in partnership with the US Air Force (USAF) and Wichita State University's National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR). The event, known as STRATO-Tech, will provide opportunities for scenario-based technology demonstrations both on and near a retired KC-135 aircraft.

STRATO-Tech represents just one initiative of the newly formed Sustainment Technologies, Research and Automation for Transformative Operations Testbed (STRATO-T), a partnership formed by NCMS, NIAR, the US Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) and the USAF Air Mobility Command (AMC). STRATO-Tech supports the study, development, and testing of innovations for sustainment, energy efficiency, aircraft automation concepts, and reducing legacy aircraft operations costs.

Oklahoma innovators and entrepreneurs are invited to join key Air Force decision-makers and subject matter experts who will be in attendance and eager to evaluate innovative technologies and provide firsthand insights into their needs and challenges.


DEPSCoR Day April 25

The University of Oklahoma is set to host DEPSCoR Day, a full-day workshop during which program officers from the Department of Defense (DoD) will provide insights into funding opportunities offered through the DoD Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (DEPSCoR) and other relevant DoD research programs.

DEPSCoR Day is an outreach event that allows the research community to engage with DoD program officers and DEPSCoR staff through informational sessions, posters, and speed networking. The event will occur on April 25 in the National Weather Center, located on the University of Oklahoma's Norman campus.

There is no cost or required resident status to attend but registration is required.


Since 2018, OK Catalyst has supported more than 250 researchers, entrepreneurs, and small businesses throughout the Heartland, resulting in nearly 150 SBIR/STTR proposal submissions. To date, OK Catalyst program participants have secured over 100 awards and contracts totaling more than $57 million in investment capital.

Tom Love Innovation Hub | The University of Oklahoma

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