Igniting Entrepreneurship of Students and Recent Alumni of Oregon Tech
Catalyze Klamath Falls Challenge aims to support business ideas and/or fledgling entrepreneurial activity from any field of study that produces a new idea, product or service that could become a thriving business in Klamath Falls, and has the potential for job growth in rural Oregon.
2017 Winning Project:
A Solar Bee Hive which allows for the temperature regulation within a hive or set of hives, in order to assist with the elimination of the varroa mite. This device uses the concept that the varroa mite cannot survive in temperatures between 104 Fahrenheit to 116.6 Fahrenheit while the hive and bees remained unharmed. Using direct solar radiation to heat the hive, the Solar Bee Hive uses a solar panel to convert solar energy into electricity in order to power heating elements placed directly into the hive. Inventor Mathias Dean is a Renewable Energy Engineering student graduating this year.
2016 Winning Team: GO Possibilities
Production of graphene oxide
Team: Matthew Stansbury, Eric Tipler, Ben Fawver, Tate Orlik Hill
2015 Winning Team: Gro-volution
Sustainable agriculture production system ("In the box farming")
Team: Eric Wilson, Derek Pallett, Nathan Leung
Winning teams will be awarded cash prizes to invest in start-up costs and ignite project development, or to share among the Team.
1st Prize: CASH PRIZE of $7,000 and Gaucho Collective Membership for one year for up to four team members, includes use of a desk, 24/7 access, unlimited use of conference room, and all other Gaucho Collective amenities.
Total estimated value: $9,000.
2nd Prize: CASH PRIZE of $5,000
3rd Prize: CASH PRIZE of $2,000
The Catalyze KF Challenge is supported by investments from our community sponsors: