The OK Catalyst Life Sciences Researchers program includes basic business training and resources, lectures from experts, and an opportunity to compete for $3,000. It is open to graduate, post-doctoral, and faculty researchers at the OU Health Sciences Center. Applicants should have an interest in entrepreneurship and product development and propose an innovative project in a life sciences-related field.

Starting Feb. 7th and Ending April 3rd

8-weeks every Friday from 3-5 pm

(No class March 20th)

  • Free classes to learn the basic principles of entrepreneurship 

  • Access to Oklahoma experts and resources for small businesses

  • Refined value proposition for your product/service

  • Assistance with business model canvas and pitch deck

  • Chance to win $3,000 for product development 


University Research Park

Oklahoma City

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible for the program?

The program is open to graduate, post-doctoral, and faculty researchers from OU HSC and OMRF who work in life science-related fields. The program is only available to first-time participants.

Where will meetings take place?

Meetings will be held on the University Research Park campus in Oklahoma City.

When will meetings take place?

Meetings will be 3-5 pm on Fridays from February 7th to April 3rd (no meeting March 20th for Spring Break).  

Who is eligible to win program award money?

Program award money is available to graduate and post-doctoral researchers from OU HSC with U.S. citizenship. Faculty and non-U.S. citizens are welcome to participate but are not eligible for award money.

What types of proposed projects will be accepted?

Proposed projects in life and health science-related field.

When is the application due?

January 24th at 5:00 p.m. CST. 

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