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Farewell 2023, Here's What's in Store for 2024!

Updated: Apr 8


OK Catalyst is grateful for another year of serving small businesses across Oklahoma and The Heartland. We want to wish all our friends a wonderful holiday season and Happy New Year!


OU Winter Break Hours

Closed Fri, Dec 22 - Mon, Jan 1


 

Come Work With Us!


OK Catalyst is seeking an NIH Program Manager to lead OK Catalyst’s NIH Funding Lab supporting promising startups interested in pursuing NIH SBIR/STTR funding. The program manager will work closely with the OK Catalyst Executive Director to plan and execute all outreach, training, and mentoring initiatives. Additional responsibilities include a broad spectrum of tasks and projects supporting programs designed to increase Oklahoma’s competitiveness in the federal SBIR/STTR program, a $4 billion dollar funding source for early-stage innovators. This position will also work closely with the Oklahoma Biotech Startup Programs (OKBIOSTART) program, supporting OKBIOSTART participants' pursuit of NIH SBIR/STTR funding. OKBIOSTART’s suite of programs is dedicated to accelerating innovation, commercializing research, and growing new biotech startups in Central Oklahoma in a repeatable, scalable manner.





 

Upcoming SBIR Funding Labs


DOE Lab

LOIs and Applications due Wed, Jan 3

Find more info and the DOE Topics here


DoD Lab - AFWERX

Applications open Wed, Jan 24

Find more info on the Open Topic Solicitation here


NSF Lab

Applications open Mon, Apr 1

Dates are subject to change based on the FY24 Solicitation release


 

Ecosystem News


America's Seed Fund Week

Tue, Jan 23 - Thu, Jan 25

America’s Seed Fund Week is a free online event to connect entrepreneurs across the nation working on advanced technologies and the organizations that support them to America’s Seed Fund, the country’s largest source of early-stage funding.





Seed Fund Webinar

Tue, Jan 23 11:00 AM CT

Hosted by the SBA Oklahoma District Office, Sarah Hamby, Director of OK Catalyst, will share information about the SBIR programs and David Hoffmeier, OkAPEX Coordinator, will share services provided to firms to prepare for the Seed Fund Program.





Fostering Innovation Webinar

Thu, Jan 25 10:00 AM CT 

If you would like to play a role in America’s innovation, learn more now about opportunities to foster innovation through America’s Seed Fund. The TGI APEX Accelerator invites you to join a special webinar in collaboration with OK Catalyst. The webinar will focus on the roles played by traditional companies in developing new ideas, materials, and products. Registration will open in January.


Women-CAN Cohort #1

Jan 17, 24, 31, & Feb 7

BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Counseling is currently accepting new applications to its Women's Catalyst Advantage Network (Women-CAN) program to increase the representation of women in pursuit of SBIR/STTR funding.





SBIR Partnering

Registration Now Open

The DOE has launched a new platform to connect SBIR/STTR-funded innovators with partners who can help them transition their advanced technologies to the commercial market. This platform is open to innovators and partners across all industries and SBIR/STTR participating agencies.





 

Tom Love Innovation Hub | The University of Oklahoma

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