Igniting Entrepreneurship of Students and Recent Alumni of Oregon Tech
Oregon Tech’s Catalyze Klamath Challenge has been a huge success for student competitors and the Klamath Falls community. Over the past nine years, student/alumni teams have competed for over $100,000 in prize money and services. The 2023 event was made possible through generous sponsorship and donations from AVISTA, the City of Klamath Falls, Klamath County, Klamath County Economic Development Association (KCEDA), Klamath IDEA, Oregon Small Business Development Center, Sky Lakes Office of Strategy & Innovation, VertueLab, and the Wendt Family Foundation.
Catalyze Klamath 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.
2023 Winner: Deep Dive Robotics
An autonomous robotic submarine that utilizes advanced visual recognition technology to inspect and collect data from various water bodies for a multitude of purposes, including environmental assessments, search and rescue missions, dam and watercraft inspections, and monitoring fish populations.
2022: Stellarum Publishing
A customizable planning notebook and companion app that can be used to organize tabletop role playing games.
Team: Gabbi Pech (Business – Marketing) and Hayden Pech (Business – Marketing)
2021: The BioSpec Enterprise
Team: Abbey DuBois (Software Engineering Technology), Joshua Hewitt (Cybersecurity), Jared Monroe (Mechanical Engineering Technology) and Matt Volpe (dual Embedded/Software Engineering Technology)
2019: The Reclaimers
Team: Annika Andersen (Renewable Energy Engineering & Electrical Engineering), Ashlei Morgan (Mechanical Engineering) and Jessica Arrington (Mechanical Engineering)
2018 Winning Team: OrbitOWLS
Team: Micah Hicks, David Minar, Julien Mindlin-Davidson, Brandon Camp, Ben Porter
2017 Winning Project: Helios Hive
2016 Winning Team: GO Possibilities
2015 Winning Team: Gro-volution
Winning teams are awarded cash prizes to invest in start-up costs and ignite project development, or to share among the Team.