From Lab to Market: A Crash Course in Business
The OK Catalyst 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 OK universities, especially those in STEM-related fields. Applicants should have an interest in entrepreneurship and product development and propose an innovative project in a STEM-related field.
What to Expect
Gain an understanding of the basic principles of entrepreneurship
Access to Oklahoma experts and resources for small businesses
Craft a refined value proposition for your product/service
Assistance with Business Model Canvas and pitch deck
A chance to win funding for product development
Who is eligible for the program?
The program is open to graduate, post-doctoral, and faculty researchers from OK universities who work in STEM-related fields and is only available to first-time participants.
Who is eligible to win award money?
Program award money is available to graduate and post-doctoral researchers 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 STEM-related field must fit into one of the following categories:
Technology Transition: Pursuing a project or business idea based on current or previous research. May still be currently funded or supported by the research institution where work was performed.
Independent Venture: Pursuing a novel project or business idea not based on current or previous research. No funding or support from the institution where work was/is being performed.