College of Science

Applications now being accepted for College of Science’s Catalyst Competition


Applications are now open for the second annual Catalyst Competition, the College of Science’s student entrepreneurship challenge.

The Catalyst Competition is a two-semester entrepreneurship program that supports students in developing their innovative business or product ideas in the areas of science and technology. The competition culminates with a pitch contest in which students have the chance to win prizes of up to $2,500.

Catalyst is open to individuals or teams of up to five students. At least half of the students on each team must be in a College of Science undergraduate major. Graduate students are eligible to participate as part of a team.

Participants must apply by Oct. 19.

“College of Science students are innovators and problem-solvers. The Catalyst Competition is an ideal place for students to showcase those skills while experientially learning about the world of entrepreneurship, from ideation to development to marketing,” said Steve Creager, associate dean of the College of Science. “The entrepreneurship knowledge students gain through Catalyst enhances students’ overall Clemson Experience.”

The project’s focus must be related to a College of Science major.

Those individuals or teams selected to participate can apply for seed money to develop concepts and prototypes. As part of the program, Catalyst participants will receive mentorship and support from experts in innovation and entrepreneurship from within and outside the University.

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