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The 2019 Catalyze Klamath Shark Tech Pitch Event, will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Mt. Mazama room at Oregon Institute of Technology’s College Union, according to a news release.

Members of the community are invited.

A panel of judges will listen to innovative student team business project pitches at the Shark Tech event as part of the first round of competitions for the Catalyze Klamath Falls Challenge. Teams this year cover projects such as plastic recycling, carbon capture, nuclear medicine, and more. Judges will listen to business pitches and help prepare teams for the final competition to take place on April 25.

Teams in the challenge have been receiving coaching and technical assistance since the registration deadline in January and are now ready to compete in the Shark Tech pitch session. This year’s panel of judges includes Randy Cox from Klamath County Economic Development Association, Kat Rutledge from the Small Business Development Center, Betty Riley South Central Oregon Economic Development District, Amy Berg Pickett from Cypress Creek Renewables, and Ann Cavanaugh from Smith Bates and the Oregon Tech Foundation.

Oregon Tech’s Catalyze Klamath Falls Challenge has been a success for student competitors and the Klamath community. Over the past four years, 23 student/alumni teams have competed for over $50,000 in prize money donated by Klamath County, the city of Klamath Falls, KCEDA, Avista, the Gaucho Collective, Klamath IDEA, Oregon BEST, the Wendt Family Foundation and Cypress Creek Renewables.

For more information, contact Aja Bettencourt-McCarthy at aja.bettencourtmccarthy@oit.edu.