Entrepreneurship

Spears School doctoral students
form Doctoral Student Association

Ariel West
  (April 29, 2016 at 3:34 pm)

Imran Syed, School of Entrepreneurship PhD student

Imran Syed, School of Entrepreneurship PhD student

A group of Spears School of Business doctoral students have formed the Doctoral Student Association, and it is on its way to becoming an official Oklahoma State University student group.

The group’s founder, School of Entrepreneurship PhD student Imran Syed, decided to form the organization after recognizing the need for degree-seeking doctoral students in the Watson Graduate School of Management to connect with each other.

“I met with Matt Rutherford and Ramesh Sharda in January to discuss the idea of forming the DSA,” Syed said. “There wasn’t really anything on campus that addressed the need for networking and socializing for Spears doctoral students, so we came up with the idea of forming the DSA to help doctoral students get to know students in other departments.”

The group quickly gained members and held its first meeting to elect a leadership team April 22, completing an important milestone of the recognition process.

“There’s a process to becoming an official student group on campus,” Syed said. “You have to meet with the Leadership and Campus Life office to present your group and apply. Then, you have to hold a meeting and get 10 signatures to formalize the association. We held elections for the organization, and I have full faith the new leadership team will lead DSA to a bright future.”

The new leadership team consists of Lincoln Brown, vice president; Jonathon Button, activities chair; Michelle Draeger, treasurer; Jake Duke, secretary; Alex Scrimpshire, president, and Alfred Zhao, activities chair. Matt Rutherford, PhD coordinator for the School of Entrepreneurship, will serve as the advisor for the organization.

“Pursuing a doctoral degree is likely very different from anything most people have ever done,” Rutherford said. “The sooner students understand these differences, the more successful they will be, and this organization is going to help with that.”

“I am thankful for Dr. Rutherford and Dr. Sharda,” Syed said. “Without their support, DSA would not be possible.”

DSA aims to help doctoral students network with each other and engage in activities that will help the professional development of the students. All current Spears School doctoral students are eligible for membership.

Follow the Doctoral Student Association on social media: LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

School of Entrepreneurship celebrates
with end-of-year banquet

Ariel West
  (April 18, 2016 at 3:56 pm)

Dr. Bruce Barringer and Dr. Craig Watters present the 2016 School of Entrepreneurship End-of-Year Banquet

Dr. Bruce Barringer and Dr. Craig Watters present the 2016 School of Entrepreneurship End-of-Year Banquet

The School of Entrepreneurship at Oklahoma State University enjoyed a highly successful end-of-year banquet April 16 at Meditations in Stillwater.

Each year, the School of Entrepreneurship hosts a banquet to honor its faculty, staff, alumni and top students for a successful school year. This year’s recipients are: Continue Reading

OSU student-led teams place first, third
in i2E Governor’s Cup competition

Ariel West
  (April 18, 2016 at 3:02 pm)

Two teams of students from the Oklahoma State University School of Entrepreneurship were among the top winners in the Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup High Growth Graduate Division announced on April 15.

Spears School professor Richard Gajan with OSU students Haley Kurtz and Kevin Keith place first in Governor's Cup High Growth Graduate Division

Spears School professor Richard Gajan with OSU students Haley Kurtz and Kevin Keith place first in Governor’s Cup High Growth Graduate Division. Photo provided by Jay Sheldon.

MITO Material Solutions placed first in the competition with its cost-effective nano-filler additive. The additive toughens fiber-reinforced composite structures using an organic polymer formula. MITO consists of OSU students Haley Kurtz and Kevin Keith and is coached by Richard Gajan, Thoma Family clinical assistant professor of OSU’s School of Entrepreneurship. MITO was awarded a cash prize of $20,000 for placing first in the competition.

“Kevin and I are so thankful for the opportunity given to us by the School of Entrepreneurship,” Kurtz said. “Our business venture is absolutely the result of collaboration between the schools of entrepreneurship and engineering, which is highlighted throughout our team makeup and our successes. We are thrilled to be the first-place team in the 2016 Donald W. Reynolds Governors Cup. Looking forward, we expect to meet new challenges and to perform more hard work as we prepare for Tri-State in May.” Continue Reading

Entrepreneurship students study abroad
in Israel for the first time

Ariel West
  (April 7, 2016 at 3:18 pm)

The School of Entrepreneurship sent students to study abroad in Israel for the first time.

The School of Entrepreneurship sent students to study abroad in Israel for the first time.

A group of Oklahoma State University Entrepreneurship students and faculty were able to experience the history of Israel, including visiting the Wailing Wall and the city of Jerusalem, in a history-making study abroad trip sponsored by the Spears School of Business in March.

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OSU School of Entrepreneurship
sends research team to Nicaragua

Ariel West
  (March 31, 2016 at 3:20 pm)

Jake Duke observing Nicaragua's crater lake

Jake Duke (far left) observing Nicaragua’s crater lake.

A four-member research team of the School of Entrepreneurship at Oklahoma State University has ongoing research in Nicaragua as part of the school’s Global Entrepreneurship Project.

The research team consists of Craig Watters, director of the Riata Center for Entrepreneurship and International Chair for the School of Entrepreneurship; Nathan Richardson, associate professor, AIA and Riata Faculty Fellow; Jake Duke, doctoral candidate for the School of Entrepreneurship, and Adam Cobb, doctoral candidate for Natural Resource Ecology and Management. Areas of research analyze sustainable agricultural production and examine the entrepreneurial ecosystem development of Nicaragua. Continue Reading

Three OSU teams make Governor’s Cup finals

Ariel West
  (March 31, 2016 at 12:18 pm)

The School of Entrepreneurship at Oklahoma State University has three teams in the High Growth division finals of Innovation to Enterprise’s statewide Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Competition.

The OSU finalists are: Haley Kurtz and Kevin Keith with MITO Material Solutions, coached by Richard Gajan, Thoma Family clinical assistant professor of OSU’s School of Entrepreneurship; Rhyder Robison, Eliot Bush and Santosh Padakanti with Volunteer Me, coached by David Thomison, clinical assistant professor of OSU’s School of Entrepreneurship and George Kaiser Family Foundation endowed chair, and Gabriel Bahr, Sourabh Biswas and Samyukta Koteeswaran with WoodPro, also coached by Gajan. Continue Reading

School of Entrepreneurship receives $300K
National Science Foundation I-Corps grant

Dollie Elliott
  (February 17, 2016 at 2:37 pm)

EEEThe Oklahoma State University School of Entrepreneurship, in partnership with the College of Engineering, Architecture, and Technology, has been awarded a $300,000 Innovation Corps grant by the National Science Foundation. The grant provides installments of $100,000 per year through 2018 for the school to assist students in creating startup businesses.

Along with the funds, the School of Entrepreneurship will become part of the “I-Corps family” of universities that are working with the National Science Foundation to support and facility Science Technology Engineering and Math education (STEM)-based startups.

“The universities in the group are among the finest in the country,” said Bruce Barringer, head of the School of Entrepreneurship in the OSU Spears School of Business. “Obtaining this grant is a big plus for us.”

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OSU’s Veterans Entrepreneurship Program
will assist military vets from across the U.S.

Terry Tush
  (February 8, 2016 at 10:30 am)

VEP logoFor the seventh consecutive year, the Spears School of Business will host more than 20 military veterans for an intensive, eight-day entrepreneurial boot camp later this month on the campus of Oklahoma State University.

Twenty-two military veterans from all across the United States and representing nearly every branch of the United States military will be traveling to Stillwater to participate Feb. 20-27 in this innovative program.

The Veterans Entrepreneurship Program (VEP) continues to attract national attention as it enters its seventh year in empowering American military veterans as they turn their business ideas into workable business models. The program is designed for veterans who are interested in starting a venture as a means to financial independence or have an existing business that they would like to grow.

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OSU’s Online Master’s in Entrepreneurship
selected as second most affordable in nation

Terry Tush
  (January 6, 2016 at 10:45 am)

EDsmart Affordable MBA logoOklahoma State University’s online master’s in entrepreneurship program is being recognized as one of the most affordable online programs in the nation.

The OSU School of Entrepreneurship online master’s is second in the listing of the 10 Most Affordable Online MBA Entrepreneurship Programs, as selected by EDsmart.org.

The purpose of the EDsmart.org ranking is to provide potential graduate students with a list of the most affordable master’s in entrepreneurship degree programs. To rank a college or university as a Top 10 Most Affordable Online MBA Entrepreneurship Program, the site aggregated the following information:

  • In-state graduate tuition rates, as listed by NCES College Navigator,
  • National and regional rankings from BusinessWeek, Bloomberg School Rankings, Forbes magazine, The Princeton Review, S. News and World Report, and Kiplinger.

“We are pleased that our online entrepreneurship master’s program has been nationally recognized for quality and value,” said Ken Eastman, dean of the Spears School of Business. “We have an outstanding group of faculty in the School of Entrepreneurship who ensure that students get a world-class education at a very affordable price.”

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Startup Weekend program allows OSU
students to get their businesses off the ground

Dollie Elliott
  (November 24, 2015 at 2:18 pm)

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Ten teams ranging from five to 12 students were able to work alongside area business leaders at the Kicker World Headquarters in Stillwater.

Students at Oklahoma State University recently participated in Startup Weekend, a global grassroots movement of student entrepreneurs who learn the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. Ten teams ranging from five to 12 students were able to work alongside area business leaders at the Kicker World Headquarters in Stillwater.

The program, hosted by the Riata Center for Entrepreneurship in the Spears School of Business, is a startup education program designed for university students with an emphasis on learning by doing.

“We want to provide opportunities for students to implement what they are learning in classes in a creative and innovative manner. Programs like Startup Weekend are meant to do just that while also bringing together students from all disciplines to work side by side and learn from one another,” said Alex Bartley, Events and Outreach Manager in the Riata Center. Continue Reading

School of Entrepreneurship graduate program
again recognized in Princeton Review rankings

Terry Tush
  (November 10, 2015 at 2:42 pm)

Student Startup Central

Student Startup Central is part of the OSU entrepreneurship program, which is recognized as one of the nation’s best in rankings by The Princeton Review.

Oklahoma State University’s School of Entrepreneurship is being recognized as one of the top schools in the nation for the fourth time since 2012, in rankings published by The Princeton Review and featured in Entrepreneur magazine.

The School of Entrepreneurship is ranked 23rd on the list of the Top 25 Graduate Schools for Entrepreneurship Studies for 2016, placing OSU at number 11 for public universities. The rankings are based on surveys sent to more than 2,000 schools from May to August 2015.

“We are very proud of the work of the faculty and staff of the School of Entrepreneurship whose hard work has resulted in the Princeton Review ranking,” said Ken Eastman, dean of the Spears School of Business. “The Spears School has an outstanding graduate program in entrepreneurship and it is gratifying to see this quality being recognized by others. Students looking for a great experience in entrepreneurship will find what they are looking for in our entrepreneurship program.”

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Students pitch business ideas, win prizes at
Big Idea Pitch & Poster Competition

Dollie Elliott
  (October 29, 2015 at 3:16 pm)

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Craig Watters, Riata Center Director pictured with first place winner Kelsey Kruse (third from left) of Pretty Please and Brittany Sizemore and Julie Connelly of ISN.

Entrepreneurship students at Oklahoma State University recently had the opportunity to pitch their business ideas to local business leaders, gain visibly and win cash prizes at the third annual Big Idea Pitch & Poster Competition.

 Hosted by the Riata Center for Entrepreneurship in the Spears School of Business the competition allows students to pitch their ideas or products while receiving feedback from local professionals.

“The Riata Center is always looking for new ways to expose our students to opportunities that will aid them in their entrepreneurial endeavors. The Big Idea Pitch & Poster Competition offers a unique experience to get OSU’s inspiring entrepreneurs in front of established professionals. We believe that this event is a great stepping stone for future entrepreneurs,” said Misty Stutsman, manager, Events and Outreach in the School of Entrepreneurship. Continue Reading

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Spears School News Staff
  (October 28, 2015 at 11:38 am)

Two Spears School of Business students
selected University Innovation Fellows

Terry Tush
  (October 27, 2015 at 1:16 pm)

Kevin Christensen

Kevin Christensen

Two Spears School of Business students are among five from Oklahoma State University to have recently been named University Innovation Fellows by the National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (Epicenter).

Spears School students Kevin Christensen (majoring in entrepreneurship with a minor in marketing) and Luke Janc (marketing) join three others from OSU – current undergraduate Audrey Tompkins (majoring in fire protection and safety engineering technology), doctoral student Salah Hamm (mechanical engineering), and graduate Nathanial Evans (bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and minor in business) – to be recognized.

Only 150 people representing 52 universities across the United States were selected as University Innovation Fellows.

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Big Idea Pitch and Poster Results

Shoko Robinson
  (October 21, 2015 at 4:21 pm)

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Craig Watters elected as the Senior Vice President
for Marketing/Membership in USASBE

Dollie Elliott
  (September 30, 2015 at 4:15 pm)

Craig Watters, executive director of the Riata Center for Entrepreneurship, is the newly elected Senior Vice President for Marketing/Membership in United States Association for Small Business & Entrepreneurship (USASBE).

Craig Watters

Craig Watters

Craig Watters is an accomplished scholar, educator, entrepreneur, manager, and economic development specialist. He is the Norman C. Stevenson Chair in the School of Entrepreneurship and International Entrepreneurship Chair.

He comes to OSU from the top-ranked entrepreneurship program at Syracuse University, where he led a portfolio of educational and community engagement initiatives. He has worked with faculty across an array of disciplines on curriculum development and outreach programs related to creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Watters helped conceptualize and launch the highly successful South Side Entrepreneurial Connect Project, which has contributed to the transformation of an economically challenged inner city community. He has served as assistant dean for advancement in the School of Information Studies at Syracuse, and director of its economic stimulus center, the I-Launch Pad. His research and community work led to his nomination for an economic development award from Senator Hillary Clinton in 2003 traveled to Ireland as part of Clinton’s trade mission. 

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Oklahoma State’s Riata Center will host
Entrepreneurs Inspire Bootcamp in Enid

Rachel Peters
  (August 20, 2015 at 2:50 pm)

Entrepreneurs Inspire BootcampThe Entrepreneurs Inspire Bootcamp features lectures and discussions from award-winning faculty in the OSU Spears School of Business, as well as several successful entrepreneurs and local experts. Classes will be held at the Autry Tech campus in Enid for four consecutive Tuesdays on Sept. 8, 15, 22 and 29 from 6-8:30 p.m. Autry Tech’s Small Business Development center will provide further coaching with an additional class.

“The Enid Entrepreneurs Inspire Bootcamp is one of our favorite off-campus outreach programs as it allows our faculty and students to connect with a rural community that otherwise we would not have the chance to work with,” said Misty Stutsman, manager of events and outreach for the Riata Center.

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Oklahoma State graduate students, mentors
earn grant at VentureWell E-Team Program

Rachel Peters
  (August 6, 2015 at 9:59 am)

Students attend VentureWell workshop.

Kunal Mishra (left) and Nathaniel Evans (right) at the VentureWell workshop this summer.

A student group from Oklahoma State University was recently awarded a $5,000 grant from VentureWell to take their entrepreneurial idea to the market. The $5,000 will be used to attend a three-day workshop on how to better articulate the opportunity for innovation in the marketplace as part of the VentureWell E-Team Program.

The project for Materialsient, the name of the OSU group, will develop innovative low-cost methods to improve the impact properties of advanced composites used in the aerospace and automotive industries.

Four OSU graduate students founded Materialsient to enter the competition as part of a new course, Applied Innovation and the Commercialization of New Technologies, taught in the Spears School of Business and the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology. The course is taught by Ranji Vaidyanathan, a Riata Fellow and Varnadow Professor of Materials Science and Engineering; Craig Watters, Norman C. Stevenson Chair in the School of Entrepreneurship, and Steve Griggs, adjunct professor in the School of Entrepreneurship. The course is cross-listed in the Spears School and the College of Engineering.

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Life Out of the Box co-founders earn trip
to Global Entrepreneurship Week in Denmark

Rachel Peters
  (August 3, 2015 at 9:12 am)

Giving out supplies in Central America.

Co-founder Quinn with students in Central America this summer.

Oklahoma State University School of Entrepreneurship graduate students Quinn Vandenberg and Jonathon Button, co-founders of Life Out of the Box, were recently chosen as the 2015 USA Creative Business Cup runner-up.

Vandenberg and Button entered the Creative Business Cup competition and were initially chosen as the start-up company to represent Oklahoma in the national competition. They were subsequently awarded second place on the national level, earning the opportunity to be one of two companies to represent the United States in Copenhagen, Denmark during Global Entrepreneurship Week in November.

“Traveling to Denmark to compete in the Creative Business Cup is a huge opportunity for Life Out of the Box as we will be connecting with potential investors from around the world who have the same vision to stimulate economic wealth in various countries around the world,” Vandenberg said.

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Spears School’s Darlene Croci, Jennifer Craig recognized for service on Staff Advisory Council

Rachel Peters
  (June 22, 2015 at 11:51 am)

Jennifer Craig, Darlene Croci recognized by Staff Advisory Council.

Jennifer Craig and Darlene Croci of the Spears School of Business were recently recognized for their service by the Staff Advisory Council.

Darlene Croci and Jennifer Craig of the Spears School of Business were recently recognized at the June meeting of the Staff Advisory Council (SAC). Croci, who served on the Council for five years, received a Certificate of Appreciation for the completion of her term with SAC and Craig received a Certificate of Appreciation for serving as the Awards and Recognition Committee Chair this past year.

The Staff Advisory Council’s mission is “to represent the interests of staff in the development and implementation of policies and procedures that directly affect their morale, well-being, working conditions, and professional welfare,” according to its webpage.

Croci has held numerous leadership positions with SAC which include being the Policies, Benefits, & Budgets Committee Chair (2011-2012), Vice Chair (2012-2013), and Chair of the Council (2013-2014). Craig is completing her first year of a three-year term.

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OSU student-run business Plasma Bionics
wins third place at business plan competition

Terry Tush
  (March 6, 2015 at 8:27 am)
Plasma Bionics wins third place

From left, OSU graduate students Kedar Pai, Rohita Mal and Chris Timmons with Plasma Bionics accept a $7,500 check for placing third in the Baylor Entrepreneurship New Venture Competition.

Plasma Bionics, a business formed by students in the Student Startup Central at Oklahoma State University, was recognized as one of the top teams at the Baylor Entrepreneurship New Venture Competition on Feb. 27-28.

Plasma Bionics received $7,500 by placing third out of the 85 teams participating in the business plan competition. Kedar Pai, a doctoral student in mechanical engineering; Chris Timmons, a doctoral student in plant pathology, and Rohita Mal, a former master’s student in MSIS, made the trip from Stillwater to Waco, Texas for the competition sponsored by the Hankamer School of Business at Baylor University. Two other members of the team, Anuashka Sharma and Prateek Khare, were unable to make the trip.

“It feels great to have participated and placed third in a nationally reputed business plan competition, especially among some very competitive companies with attractive business ideas,” Pai said. “Winning this award doesn’t just give us a monetary benefit but also additional in-kind services like legal assistance and web resources which are very helpful to a new startup such as ours.

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Paralympian silver medalist John Register
participating in OSU VEP Program

Dollie Elliott
  (February 11, 2015 at 10:13 am)

Videos by Jordan Pfeiffer, Spears School of Business

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John Register shares his experience with the OSU National Veterans Entrepreneurship Program
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Paralympian silver medalist John Register participating in OSU VEP Program

 

Story by Jenni Carlson, The Oklahoman/NewsOK

Story link: No hurdle has been too great for John Register

The hurdler who lost a leg hasn’t stopped jumping over obstacles.

John Register lost his leg while serving in the Army.

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OSU’s Veterans Entrepreneurship Program
attracts 31 for across U.S. for boot camp

Terry Tush
  (January 27, 2015 at 1:23 pm)

VEP logoThe Spears School of Business will host 31 military veterans for an intensive, eight-day entrepreneurial boot camp Feb. 7-14 on the campus of Oklahoma State University.

The Veterans Entrepreneurship Program (VEP) continues to attract national attention as it enters its sixth year in empowering American military veterans as they turn their business ideas into workable business models. The program is designed for veterans who are interested in starting a venture as a means to financial independence or have an existing business that they would like to grow.

“As a land-grant university, we are called to serve veterans,” said Misty Stutsman, manager of events and outreach for the OSU School of Entrepreneurship. “The Riata Center for Entrepreneurship takes a lot of pride in VEP because there is no better way to thank them for what they have done than to teach them about the significance of being entrepreneurs.

“We believe in teaching them practical skills to become self-sufficient and in turn, helping other fellow veterans. An important part of the program is the network of veterans that we’ve built, all who have similar passions and goals that can support each other from a personal and a business resource standpoint.”
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Student Spotlight: Life Out of the Box

Spears School News Staff
  (January 8, 2015 at 4:34 pm)

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(Editor’s note: This story on School of Entrepreneurship master’s students Quinn Vandenberg and Jonathon Button appeared in the Tulsa World on Dec. 25, 2014).

Story by Sonya Colberg

Entrepreneurs and best friends Quinn Vandenberg and Jonathon Button recall the exact moment they knew they would never turn back.

It was the afternoon Naomi’s big brown eyes lit up when she picked out her brand-new, pink-and-blue school notebook.

Veterans Entrepreneurship Program alum, former Marine Capt. Jonathan McConnell launched his private maritime security company covers 35 ports worldwide.

Spears School News Staff
  (January 7, 2015 at 9:32 am)

3 Day Startup program allows OSU students
to get student-run businesses off the ground

Terry Tush
  (November 14, 2014 at 2:09 pm)

3DS logoKendall Gibson has spent the last year dreaming of running her own business that will aid online animal adoption but the 23-year-old Oklahoma State University business student had no idea where to start when it comes to launching a web or app-based business. Gibson and 57 other OSU students will receive the expertise they need to kick start new student-run companies thanks to the Riata Center for Entrepreneurship’s new 3 Day Startup program.

The Riata Center’s 3 Day Startup program will be Nov. 21-23 at Kicker World Headquarters in Stillwater. The three-day program is an entrepreneurship education program designed for university students with an emphasis on learning by doing. The idea is simple: start tech companies over the course of three days.

“I signed up for 3DS to gain more hands on experience and network with other students that are interested in starting their own business” Gibson said. “I’m excited to work with students from across campus. Plus, we get food and energy drinks all weekend. Who would want to turn that down?”
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Oklahoma State University business school
to recognize alums during 100th anniversary

Terry Tush
  (October 29, 2014 at 1:26 pm)

Spears School's 100th logoThe Spears School of Business faculty, students, staff and alumni are looking forward with great anticipation to the culminating event as 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of business education at Oklahoma State University.

The Spears School Tributes: 100 For 100 reception and dinner will be Friday, Nov. 7, at the Wes Watkins Center on OSU’s Stillwater campus. The school is recognizing graduates who exemplify the Oklahoma State and business school spirit. These tributes represent a rich history and diversity of experience among those who have earned business degrees from OSU over the past 100 years.

“We are proud to celebrate some of the more than 43,000 graduates since the school was founded in 1914,” said Ken Eastman, dean of the Spears School. “The Tributes represent the diversity of our graduates. These honorees are from various backgrounds, ages and occupations. Each has an inspiring story to tell, and we are proud to have them as part of the Spears School family.”
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OSU student startup Billy Goat Ice Cream
launches Kickstarter fundraising campaign

Spears School News Staff
  (October 27, 2014 at 10:54 am)

Billy Goat Ice CreamBilly Goat Ice Cream Co., which makes ice cream from goat’s milk rather than cow’s milk, launched a Kickstarter fundraising campaign earlier this month.

The advantage of using goat’s milk is the ice cream can be consumed by people who are lactose intolerant. It is estimated that one-third of all Americans have some degree of lactose intolerance.

Billy Goat Ice Cream is the creation of RaShaun Robinson and Caleb Neil, Master’s in Entrepreneurship students at Oklahoma State University.

“Caleb and I decided to pursue Billy Goat Ice Cream as a result of winning the Riata Center’s Big Idea Pitch and Poster competition last year,” said Robinson. “Caleb and I both met in the MSE program and dissected the idea I developed as an undergrad into what we have today. Since then we have been working toward getting into production to service many different grocery store outlets around the state.”
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Riata Center for Entrepreneurship to host
Student Startup Central open house

Dollie Elliott
  (September 8, 2014 at 5:53 pm)

Student Startup Central logoThe Riata Center for Entrepreneurship in the Spears School of Business is hosting an open house and launch party for the new Student Startup Central.

The event will start at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, at Student Startup Central (SSC), located at 1020 N. Boomer Road in Stillwater. Guests will have the opportunity to meet Oklahoma State University student entrepreneurs and learn of their startup success stories. The open house will also feature several businesses that have recently launched in Stillwater.

Student Startup Central is a student business incubator that provides office space, resources and services to student startups from every discipline across OSU’s campus. SSC houses two programs – the Riata Idea Hatchery and the Riata New Venture Incubator – catering to students in different stages of their startup business. SSC has already been recognized by the SBA and Journal Record as one of Oklahoma’s Incubator of the Year.

StartupTwenty-five student companies have been accepted into SSC this fall. They range from new business concepts to companies that have already launched and are generating revenue.

“Student Startup Central is a terrific resource for students who are interested in launching businesses. It is staffed by experienced faculty and mentors who are intimately familiar with the startup process,” said Bruce Barringer, head of the School of Entrepreneurship. “Any student who has a business idea or is currently working on a business start is welcome to attend the open house.  You’ll be able to see for yourself the resources that are available and the positive supportive culture that Student Startup Central is able to provide.”

To RSVP for the open house and launch party contact Janette.hudson@okstate.edu.

For more information about the facilities and the student program visit http://riata.okstate.edu/startup/ or contact Rachel Mui at 405-744-7552 or rachel.mui@okstate.edu.

Master’s in Entrepreneurship students
featured on national website

Spears School News Staff
  (August 28, 2014 at 9:48 am)

Life Out of the BoxQuinn Vandenberg and Jonathan Button are a pair of School of Entrepreneurship master’s students who are living proof that you can live your dream. The pair of 25-year-olds created in 2012 a social enterprise named Life Out of the Box, which inspires people to be doers, and not just dreamers. The pair of Oklahoma State graduate students recently shared their story on a podcast featured on EntrepreneuronFire.com.