Director, Oklahoma Catalyst Programs, University of Oklahoma
Daniel Moses serves as the founding Director of the Oklahoma Catalyst Programs, a FAST-funded SBIR support organization housed at the University of Oklahoma’s Tom Love Innovation Hub in Norman, Oklahoma. The OK Catalyst Programs include events focused on networking, entrepreneurial training programs for STEM-focused graduate students, and cohort-based business accelerator programs designed to launch and grow small businesses. Since launching in late 2017, the OK Catalyst Programs have helped Oklahoma small businesses win SBIR proposals at 3X the national average success rate, and 80 percent of the proposals submitted by OK Catalyst clients have been submitted by small businesses with no prior SBIR/STTR experience.
Before launching the OK Catalyst Programs, Daniel served as the Program Manager for the OU Price College of Business Center for Entrepreneurship. In this role Daniel designed, launched, and managed the Sooner Innovation Fund, an endowed $1.25 million-dollar proof-of-concept program that mentors OU students through the Lean Startup methodology and gives grants ranging from $500-$5,000. Prior to joining OU, Daniel co-founded and managed a small business on Campus Corner, the main nightlife and shopping district near the OU campus in Norman, Oklahoma.
Daniel is a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and was able to attend the OU thanks to the Gates-Millennium Scholarship. Daniel holds a master’s degree in International Studies and Economic Development from the University of Oklahoma.