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Five student teams pitched their business proposals to judges Thursday in the seventh annual catalyze Klamath entrepreneurship competition at the Oregon Institute of Technology.

Winning team Biospec earned prize money for their house plant monitoring system that allows people to check their plant’s health on their smartphones.

Ideas pitched included a renewable energy residential and work space proposed for construction next to Oregon Tech and a more attractive and attainable renewable energy structure in the shape of a tree with solar panel leaves.

Catalyze Klamath began in 2015 but the competition was canceled in 2020 because of COVID-19 precautions.

Judges grill students teams on the operation, marketing and business plans of their pitches.

Team Biomass Gas won second place on Thursday for their biomass gasifier that harness plant by-products to create renewable electric energy. Electerro, with their renewable energy tree, won third prize.

Electerro and BiomassGas won $2,500 prizes from InventOR to develop their products and business plans to compete against other colleges in the statewide competition on June 25.

Reporter Becca Robbins can be reached at 541-885-4481 or