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.

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