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 five years, 31 student/alumni teams have competed for over $70,000 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.
2020-21 Schedule of Events
|Catalyze Klamath Falls Kick-Off||October 28, 2020
|Zoom||This is a hosted event for students, faculty, and community members to learn about the contest and begin to form teams|
|Pre-Registration Team Formation||January 13, 2021||TBD||This is a hosted event for all prospective contestants to meet and network with potential team members as well as register for the event|
|Catalyze Team Registration||January 15, 2020||Team registration is due at 5:00pm|
|Catalyze Team Meet and Greet||February 3, 2021||TBD||This is a hosted event for all teams to meet with the Catalyze Klamath mentor network and learn about available external resources|
|Preliminary Concept Submission||February 5, 2021||Preliminary concept submission is due at 5:00pm|
|Shark Tech Venture Pitch Contest||March 3, 2021||TBD||This event will also serve to select finalists (if needed). Mandatory for all teams|
|Catalyze Klamath Falls Challenge Contest||April 15, 2021||Oregon Tech College Union||Teams compete in front of a panel of judges for the PRIZES! A list of judges, prizes and final details will be posted prior to the competition|
Official Rules & Info
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