Understand basic business concepts to commercialize your technology
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.
Understanding of 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 award for product development
Frequently Asked Questions
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 program 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.