Catalyze CU 2021 applications are now closed. Applications for Catalyze CU 2022 will be announced in the spring semester.
To apply for Catalyze CU, your team or venture must meet the following requirements:
- At least one person on the founding team must have a valid BuffOne card.
- A startup team is not required (you can be a solo founder), but is highly recommended. The program asks a lot of each individual company, so more people makes for a more productive summer.
To participate in Catalyze CU well, having a full-time job is not possible. Part-time work or classes can be possible, but the Catalyze CU program director(s) will want a clear plan on how time-management will work for the summer. Catalyze is a challenging and rewarding program, but you will get out what you put in. We provide a stipend per founder to help you be availabile to dedicate your time to the program.
If you have a vacation planned that takes places during the program, previously scheduled travel (vacation, conferences, etc.) will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Let the Catalyze CU program directors know what the situation is, and they will determine what works best for you and Catalyze.
Catalyze CU is highly selective and you will be with a cohort of other high-performing startup teams. Catalyze does NOT take any equity while still providing some funding (in the form of a stipend), and we customize the experience to meet your venture's needs. The program also provides a materials budget for each team.
We level up the founding team startup skill set, helping you go from idea to impact and prototype to production. Catalyze alumni companies have a strong track record of being accepted to top-tier accelerators like Techstars, raising funding, winning grants and launching successful Kickstarters.
Watch this video below to hear from previous participants about their Catalyze CU experience:
The program starts in mid-May and culminates in a celebratory Demo Day in August.
Formal program events are typically on Mondays and Wednesdays around lunchtime and Friday mornings. This gives you the majority of the week to work on your business in the best way you see fit.