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 eight years, student/alumni teams have competed for nearly $100,000 in prize money and services. The 2022 event is made possible through generous sponsorship and donations from AVISTA, the City of Klamath Falls, Klamath County, Gaucho Collective, Klamath County Economic Development Association (KCEDA), Klamath IDEA Center for Entrepreneurship, Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR), Oregon Small Business Development Center, and the Wendt Family Foundation.

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.

Previous Catalyze Winners

 

BioSpec Enterprise

2021: The BioSpec Enterprise 
An all-in-one indoor house plant monitoring system. The BioSpec Enterprise went on place first in the Invent Oregon Collegiate Challenge (InventOR).

Team: Abbey DuBois (Software Engineering Technology), Joshua Hewitt (Cybersecurity), Jared Monroe (Mechanical Engineering Technology) and Matt Volpe (dual Embedded/Software Engineering Technology)

The Reclaimers

2019: The Reclaimers
Turn recycled plastics into crude oil. The Reclaimers went on place first in the Invent Oregon Collegiate Challenge (InventOR).

Team: Annika Andersen (Renewable Energy Engineering & Electrical Engineering), Ashlei Morgan (Mechanical Engineering) and Jessica Arrington (Mechanical Engineering)

OrbitOWLS

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

Helios Hive
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.
GO Possibilities
2016 Winning Team: GO Possibilities
Production of graphene oxide
Team: Matthew Stansbury, Eric Tipler, Ben Fawver, Tate Orlik Hill
grovolution
2015 Winning Team: Gro-volution
Sustainable agriculture production system ("In the box farming")
Team: Eric Wilson, Derek Pallett, Nathan Leung

2021-22 Schedule of Events

Event

Date

 Location

Additional Information

Catalyze Klamath Falls Challenge Contest

April 21, 2022
4:00 pm
Oregon Tech
College Union
Auditorium
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
Shark Tech Venture Pitch Contest March 2, 2022  TBD This event will also serve to select finalists (if needed).  Mandatory for all teams 
Preliminary Concept Submission February 11, 2022 TBD Preliminary concept submission is due at 5:00pm
Catalyze Team Meet and Greet February 9, 2022  TBD This is a hosted event for all teams to meet with the Catalyze Klamath mentor network and learn about available external resources
Catalyze Team Registration January 21, 2022    Team registration is due at 5:00pm
Pre-Registration Team Formation January 12, 2022 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 Klamath Falls Kick-Off November 3, 2021
5-6:00pm 
 
Falls Taphouse This is a hosted event for students, faculty, and community members to learn about the contest and begin to form teams

 

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

 
 

Thank You Sponsors

City of Klamath Falls
Klamath County
Wendt Family Foundation
SBDC Oregon
Avista
gaucho collective
Klamath IDEA Logo
Business Oregon
Cypress Creek Renewable Logo

Impressions Logo

KCEDA

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


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