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Catalyze Klamath Falls Challenge

Catalyze Challenge

Igniting Entrepreneurship of Students and Recent Alumni of Oregon Tech

Oregon Tech’s Catalyze Klamath Falls Challenge has been a huge success for student competitors and the Klamath community. Over the past four years, 23 student/alumni teams have competed for over $100,000 in prize money that was generously donated by Representative Whitsett, Senator Whitsett, Klamath County, City of Klamath Falls, KCEDA, Avista, the Gaucho Collective, the Herald & News, Klamath IDEA, Oregon BEST, Business Oregon, the Wendt Family Foundation, and Black Canyon Woodworks.

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.

2019 Competition

Tentative Schedule of Events

Event Date Additional Information
Kick-off Meeting October  Hosted event at the Gaucho Collective for students, faculty, and community members to learn about the contest and begin to form teams.
Preliminary Concept Pitch and Resource Solicitation November  Held at the Gaucho Collective.
Catalyze Team Registration Window November  Final Deadline is in January 2019.
Catalyze Team Meet and Greet January  Hosted event at the Gaucho Collective for all teams to meet with mentor network and learn about external resources that are available to teams.
Annual SharkTech Venture Pitch Contest March  First competitive event for all student teams (mandatory).
Final Report Due April  See details, final report submission requirements on this page.
Catalyze Klamath Falls Challenge Contest May  Teams compete in front of a panel of judges for the PRIZES!

Thank You Sponsors

City of Klamath Falls
Klamath County
Wendt Family Foundation
SBDC Oregon
gaucho collective
Business Oregon

Winning teams are awarded cash prizes to invest in start-up costs and ignite project development, or to share among the Team.

Previous Catalyze Winners

2018 Winning Team: OrbitOWLS
Utilize new technology to send small satellites and other devices to space for a fraction of the price of current methods
Team: Micah Hicks, David Minar, Julien Mindlin-Davidson, Brandon Camp, Ben Porter

2017 Winning Project: Helios Hive
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. Inventor Mathias Dean is a Renewable Energy Engineering graduate.

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