Exterior of the Bioscience and Technology Business Center

The Catalyst

The Catalyst, located at the Bioscience and Technology Business Center, is KU's student business accelerator that provides resource access critical to startup launch success.

Located at the Bioscience and Technology Business Center (BTBC) on KU's West Campus, The Catalyst is managed by the Center for Entrepreneurship. Startups that are accepted into the program gain access to the following resources:

  • Office space – Flexible space in a high-tech, innovative environment at the BTBC
  • Mentoring – Access to seasoned entrepreneurs and domain experts to guide and coach teams
  • Education – Teams will be immersed in the Lean LaunchPad approach, utilized at leading edge institutions
  • Research – Dedicated student teams from Jayhawk Consulting will assist with secondary and primary research projects
  • Legal resources – Pro bono and reduced fee legal assistance is available for company structuring, IP, contracts and general business counseling
  • Capital – Connecting teams to funding via grant opportunities, angels and business plan competitions

All candidates must have the following:

  1. An existing business plan
  2. Customer validation of concept
  3. Demonstration of commitment
    • Evidence of passion and tenacity
    • Dedicated team
    • Financial investment (personal capital contribution)

The KU Center for Entrepreneurship can assist you in meeting the above criteria.

To maintain standing, participating ventures must demonstrate consistent milestone achievements defined as:

Phase 1: Development

  • Upgrade existing business plan to Lean LaunchPad Plan format
  • Prepare full financial model and ROI analysis
  • Produce prototype
  • Secure IP (provisional patent)
  • Develop investor presentation

Phase 2: Validation

  • Market testing - small scale production for proof of concept
  • Estimate valuation
  • Secure seed funding

All candidates must have the following:

  1. An existing business plan
  2. Customer validation of concept
  3. Demonstration of commitment
    • Evidence of passion and tenacity
    • Dedicated team
    • Financial investment (personal capital contribution)

The KU Center for Entrepreneurship can assist you in meeting the above criteria.

To maintain standing, participating ventures must demonstrate consistent milestone achievements defined as:

Phase 1: Development

  • Upgrade existing business plan to Lean LaunchPad Plan format
  • Prepare full financial model and ROI analysis
  • Produce prototype
  • Secure IP (provisional patent)
  • Develop investor presentation

Phase 2: Validation

  • Market testing - small scale production for proof of concept
  • Estimate valuation
  • Secure seed funding

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