What is Catalyst?

The College of Science Catalyst Competition is a entrepreneurship challenge open to College of Science student teams (currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students). It is a two-semester entrepreneurship program culminating in a pitch competition that seeks to support students in developing their innovative business ideas in the areas of science and technology.

An Entrepreneurship Challenge

The College of Science Catalyst Competition is an entrepreneurship challenge open to College of Science student teams (currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students). It is a two-semester entrepreneurship program culminating in a pitch competition that seeks to support students in developing their innovative business ideas in the areas of science and technology.

Selected College of Science student teams can apply to receive seed money to develop concepts and prototypes. As part of the program, teams receive mentorship and support from working professionals and representatives of the campus innovation and entrepreneurship program. Following the development of their ideas, student teams will pitch their innovations to a panel of judges in March for a chance to win cash prizes.

The College of Science is home to the next generation of scientists who will lead the way through innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship. The College of Science wants to help you develop your product and the skills necessary to turn it into reality.

Sincere appreciation is extended to the Spiro Institute, the Spiro Institute Advisory Board, the Watt Family Innovation Center and alumni donor support of this initiative.

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“In no other situation would I have gotten to partner with a Ph.D. from the Center for Human Genetics or the VP of a testing company in Greenville. It really brings a lot of ideas together and really gets you focused on what actually can work in the real world.”

Jack Carson

Inaugural Catalyst Competition winner

Eligibility

Currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Science.

Seed
Funding

Teams accepted for the SCIENCE Catalyst Competition will receive seed funding to use in the development of their projects.

Professional Development

Participants will learn valuable skills for innovating and pushing the limits of their creativity in solving real-world problems.

Mentoring and Networking

Students will benefit from mentoring and networking with industry experts and representatives of the campus innovation and entrepreneurship program.

Grand
Prizes

The winners of the SCIENCE Catalyst Competition will receive awards: $2,500 for first place, $1,000 for second place and $500 for third place.

Questions?

For further information please contact us.

CatalystCompetition@clemson.edu

Phone: 864-656-3015

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