Catalyst LaunchPad


The Catalyst LaunchPad was founded at UCSF and the majority of the other University of California campuses in August 2019 with a grant from the Blackstone Charitable Foundation.  The LaunchPad supports and promotes the entrepreneurial mindset, process, and tools in:

  • UCSF Medical, PhD, MTM, Dental, and Nursing Students
  • UCSF Trainees, including Postdoctoral Scholars, Medical Residents, and Clinical Fellows
  • UCSF Alumni

The goal of the LaunchPad's programming and opportunities is to make entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial skills accessible and relevant for all students and trainees - regardless of career path - to help them build thriving careers and companies. If you can identify problems and imagine solutions to them - you can be an innovator and entrepreneur!  


The LaunchPad has a history of major programming to empower participants to connect with mentors, grow their networks, and access the resources needed to accelerate their concepts into plans - and launch them into successful businesses! Starting with the UCSF Covid-19 Hackathon, and continuing through today, the LaunchPad offers many opportunities, including:

  • Competitions such as the iHackHealth Appathon
  • MedTech Happy Hours with innovators from industry and academia
  • Fireside-style conversations and case studies with seasoned entrepreneurs 
  • Workshops that offer a crash course BootCamp into the world of entrepreneurship
  • Accessible mentorship and coaching

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Partner Resources


Our Team




    Nathaniel Prorok, MHA


Nate Prorok brings a diverse and wide ranging skill set and experience to the Catalyst Program team. After undergraduate studies in Physical Therapy and Athletic Training at Loyola Marymount University, Nathaniel worked with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps - International in Tacna, Perú, with local communities to develop sustainable solutions to the problems they faced in health and education.

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