Entrepreneurship

OSU entrepreneurship student selected
to Enactus USA Student Advisory Committee

Ariel West
  (July 24, 2017 at 8:53 am)
Josh Masterson, entrepreneurship student.

Entrepreneurship student Josh Masterson was appointed to the Enactus USA Student Advisory Committee.

Josh Masterson has a passion for entrepreneurship, and his next venture just happens to be taking a place on one of the most prestigious committees in the nation.

His passion for aiding the underserved was echoed in Enactus, a global organization that encourages students to use entrepreneurship to help others. The Oklahoma State University entrepreneurship student traveled to Nicaragua not once, but twice, created the OSU Enactus chapter and competed in the Enactus Regional Competition in Dallas, all in less than a year. After those accomplishments, the next step was to get on the national Enactus USA Student Advisory Committee to develop more connections for OSU entrepreneurship.

“The OSU Enactus chapter is less than a year old, so I was surprised I was chosen to be on the Student Advisory Committee,” Masterson said. “Serving on the committee will be a great honor and will allow the OSU Enactus chapter to develop more relationships with other college chapters. I will be a link between colleges and Enactus headquarters, so that’s going to be a cool experience.” Continue Reading

Vance Fried, director of the ISFE and professor of
entrepreneurship, retires after 30 with OSU

Dollie Elliott
  (July 1, 2017 at 11:02 am)

Vance Fried, director of the Institute for the Study of Free Enterprise and professor of entrepreneurship in the Spears School of Business, retired in February after 30 years at Oklahoma State University. 

Originally from Hollis, Okla., Fried received a bachelor’s degree in finance from OSU in 1973. He went on to attend law school at the University of Michigan. After law school, he moved back to Oklahoma and spent 10 years as an attorney, an executive with an independent oil company and an investment banker.  

Vance Fried

Vance Fried

Fried then decided to become a business school professor and returned to OSU for post-doctorate study in management. After just one year, the OSU business college’s management department hired him as an assistant professor. 

During his tenure, Fried was instrumental in developing the Institute for the Study of Free Enterprise. The institute was chartered in February 2015 to focus on teaching and research on principled entrepreneurship, regulation, markets, public policy and the role of business in a free society. The institute is a university-wide, multi-disciplinary institute housed in the provost’s office. Fried was also one of several who helped create the School of Entrepreneurship.

Fried has published more than 40 articles and journals. His work has allowed him to present in several different countries and all over the United States. 

His extensively funded research began with venture capitalism and the management of rapid growth firms early in his career. “I got to see the venture capital industry and Silicon Valley in their adolescence,” Fried says. “More recently, I looked at higher education, including writing the book Better/Cheaper College and several follow-up papers.”

Fried’s numerous awards and recognitions include being named an Outstanding Instructor by the Spears School, the Chandler-Frates & Reitz Teaching Excellence Award from OSU-Tulsa’s MBA program, and an Adjunct Scholar by the Cato Institute.  

Fried has also sat on boards and committees both for OSU and the business community. He currently serves as president of the TEL Foundation and managing director of EdBooks. TEL is a non-profit that operates two think tanks, one  that looks at state public policy and the other, the management of innovative K-12 schools.  

Fried will continue to work part-time for OSU as director of the Institute for the Study of Free Enterprise.

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OSU offering Innovation Series for Business

Hannah Barron
  (June 28, 2017 at 2:01 pm)

Innovation 2017 headerThe Spears School of Business will be hosting an OSU Innovation Series for Business at the OSU-OKC campus from July to September.

This series was created to help successful businesses stay competitive through innovation. The seminars will help participants learn how to continuously seek opportunities to create value in their organization. It is designed for leaders at all levels in any organization.

“Innovation is such an important piece of any business’ success,” said Bruce Barringer, department head in the School of Entrepreneurship in Spears Business. “Our faculty will provide practical and essential information on how organizations can use innovation to continue to thrive and excel in their industry.”

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Living Out of the Box Enactus club at OSU
aids the world through social ventures

Ariel West
  (April 28, 2017 at 8:17 am)

OSU entrepreneurship student Josh Masterson (back) visited Nicaragua, which inspired him to take action.

Oklahoma State University School of Entrepreneurship students have taken a giant step toward their goal of helping the world.

Students from the OSU Living Out of the Box Club wanted to create a social change in the world through entrepreneurship. The club’s founder, entrepreneurship student Josh Masterson, was inspired during a trip to impoverished Nicaragua and wanted to make a difference. The club was modeled after OSU entrepreneurship social venture Life Out of the Box, founded by Quinn Vandenberg and Jonathon Button, who support and advise the LOOTB Club.

“It was honestly baffling how poor this culturally rich country was,” Masterson said. “I got there and met the Nicaraguan people and fell in love with the community. There is so much potential in Nicaragua for commerce and growth, so I wanted to contribute in some way. I came back from the trip and created the Living Out of the Box Club for OSU students, and our first project was creating a social venture in Nicaragua where we partnered with Kiva Microfunds, a micro-lending organization, to get Nicaraguan cacao businesses up and running.” Continue Reading

Eight OSU student teams make finals for
Entrepreneurship Business Plan Competition

Ariel West
  (April 25, 2017 at 9:35 am)

Eight Oklahoma State University student teams have made it to the final round of the OSU School of Entrepreneurship’s inaugural Business Plan Competition.

The teams will present in a live pitch competition hosted by the School of Entrepreneurship’s accelerateOSU branch April 28 at Backstage in downtown Stillwater.

“The goal of the competition is to showcase OSU’s innovative technology and resources while highlighting the collaboration and innovation of the student teams,” said Haley Kurtz, event coordinator for the School of Entrepreneurship’s accelerateOSU branch. “We wanted to host a competition for all OSU students from Tulsa, Stillwater and Oklahoma City, and show that entrepreneurial ideas help promote economic development.”

The finalists are: Continue Reading

OSU Entrepreneurship introduces ‘Fail Up
Night’ promoting discussion about failure

Ariel West
  (April 21, 2017 at 1:38 pm)

The Riata Center for Entrepreneurship at Oklahoma State University is turning the tables on failure and opening the discussion for understanding with Fail Up Night on April 26.

Fail Up Night is the latest program from the Riata Center, designed to encourage a conversation aimed at removing the negative stigma of failure. Seasoned entrepreneurs share their “failure” stories with students and encourage them to understand that trials are an opportunity to learn and grow.

“We wanted to find a way to remove the negative stigma about the word ‘failure’ and get the conversation going because it’s a normal everyday occurrence for entrepreneurs,” said Alexces Bartley, manager of outreach programs for the Riata Center. “Understand and accept that mishaps are going to happen when you are starting a business or trying something new. Entrepreneurs need to learn how to fail fast. It’s trial and error, and a lot of the times failure isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but an opportunity to try something different. You learn and grow from it, and you will become a better entrepreneur for it.” Continue Reading

Chance Imhoff shares how his agricultural roots sparked his interest in entrepreneurship and management

Dollie Elliott
  (April 20, 2017 at 2:50 pm)

Chance Imhoff is a 5th generation farmer from Prague, Okla. Growing up, he was very active in FFA and 4H, so Oklahoma State, being a land-grant university, was always an attractive option for him. “I’ve always known I wanted to come to OSU. It was actually the only school I applied for. And coming to OSU was definitely one of the best decisions I’ve ever made,” said Imhoff.

Imhoff started at OSU as an ag-business major, but later decided to change to entrepreneurship and management. “After a semester in CASNR I wanted to broaden my scope and meet new people, so I chose entrepreneurship because I had different business ventures growing up and knew I had a passion for running a business,” said Imhoff. Continue Reading

OSU student team scores again, receives $11,000
at Oregon New Venture Championship

Ariel West
  (April 19, 2017 at 11:12 am)

MITO Material Solutions’ Haley Kurtz and Kevin Keith pose with Richard Gajan (right).

For the second week in a row – and the third time in the last three months – Oklahoma State University student startup team MITO Material Solutions was among the top winners at a collegiate pitch competition. This time, MITO placed second at the Oregon New Venture Championship hosted by the University of Oregon.

MITO is composed of MBA student Haley Kurtz, chief executive officer, and mechanical engineering technology student Kevin Keith, chief operating officer, and are coached by assistant professor of Entrepreneurship Richard Gajan in the Spears School of Business and professor Ranji Vaidyanathan of the OSU College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology.

MITO received $10,000 in investment prizing for placing second and $1,000 for winning the Palo Alto Software Best One Page Pitch. Continue Reading

OSU student team places first in Love’s Cup,
qualifies for Tri-State Competition

Ariel West
  (April 19, 2017 at 8:44 am)

From left, David Thomison, Jaquelyn Lane, Rachel Davis and Chance Imhoff make OSU history by being the first OSU team to win the Undergraduate Division.

Oklahoma State University student startup team VisionaRx made OSU history by winning the grand prize earlier this month from the Love’s Cup Undergraduate High Growth Division in Oklahoma City.

VisionaRx Retinal Drug Delivery is composed of OSU students Chance Imhoff, management and entrepreneurship; Jaquelyn Lane, chemical engineering with an entrepreneurship minor, and Rachel Davis, chemical engineering pre-med emphasis. The team is coached by David Thomison, clinical assistant professor of entrepreneurship and advisor for student teams at accelerateOSU, OSU’s entrepreneurial incubator program.

The team was awarded a $20,000 cash prize for taking first place in the competition and qualify to continue on to the Tri-State Competition, which hosts teams from Arkansas, Nevada and Oklahoma and will take place May 30-31 in Las Vegas. Lane also won the IBM Pitch Award and was awarded $1,000. This is the first time that an OSU student team has won the undergraduate division of the competition. Continue Reading

OSU selected as host for Mandela Washington Fellowship

Spears School News Staff
  (April 14, 2017 at 8:59 am)

Craig Edwards, associate professor of Agricultural Education, will lead the program on campus.

What began as a class assignment will result in the beginning of an international relationship and a wonderful opportunity for 25 African community leaders.

Richie Roberts, doctoral student in Oklahoma State University’s Department of Agricultural Education, Communications and Leadership, sat in his grant seeking class and began putting together a proposal for submission. Under the direction of Craig Edwards, AECL professor and advisor, Roberts proposal was approved to bring 25 Fellows from sub-Saharan Africa to the OSU campus through a U.S. Department of State, International Research Exchange grant.

“I felt like we had a really good chance of getting approved,” Roberts said. “The curriculum is great for the students coming over and partnering with Riata Center for Entrepreneurship in the Business School really put us over the top.” Continue Reading

OSU student team receives more than $90,000
at Rice Business Plan Competition

Ariel West
  (April 10, 2017 at 4:32 pm)

Haley Kurtz and Kevin Keith with MITO Material Solutions places second in the Rice Business Plan Competition.

Oklahoma State University student startup team MITO Material Solutions has once again proved itself by placing second at the prestigious Rice Business Plan Competition, an annual collegiate pitch competition hosted by Rice University.

MITO is composed of MBA student Haley Kurtz, chief executive officer, and mechanical engineering technology student Kevin Keith, chief operating officer, and are coached by assistant professor of Entrepreneurship Richard Gajan in the Spears School of Business and professor Ranji Vaidyanathan of the OSU College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology.

MITO’s product is an adhesive epoxy additive which allow manufacturers to double the durability or significantly decreases the weight of composite materials utilized in the aerospace, recreation and automotive industries. It is based on technology developed at the Helmerich Research Center in Tulsa.

MITO received $50,000 in investment prizing for placing second, provided by the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship and sponsored by Finger Interest and the Anderson Family Fund at the Greater Houston Community Foundation. Keith placed fifth in the Mercury Fund Elevator Pitch Competition and received $500 in cash. Kurtz received a total of $40,000 in investment prizing for winning the Courageous Women Entrepreneur award, provided by nCourage Entrepreneurs Investment Group. Continue Reading

Two OSU student startup teams will
compete in Love’s Cup finals

Ariel West
  (April 5, 2017 at 2:44 pm)

Two student teams from Oklahoma State University’s accelerateOSU incubator will be competing in the High Growth division finals of the statewide Love’s Cup business plan competition, hosted by Innovation to Enterprise (i2E).

Graduate team Hepa-Cera is composed of members Duygu Phillips, MBA; Vibhore Srivastava, master’s in Industrial Engineering, and Kalyani Ektate, Veterinary Biomedical Science. Undergraduate team VisionaRx Retinal Drug Delivery is composed of members Chance Imhoff, Management and Entrepreneurship; Jacquelyn Lane, Chemical Engineering with an Entrepreneurship minor, and Rachel Davis, Chemical Engineering Pre-Med emphasis. The teams will compete April 6 and 7 at i2E’s Oklahoma City office. Continue Reading

Spears School Alumni Q&A with Harlan Beverly

Dollie Elliott
  (March 28, 2017 at 2:07 pm)

Harlan Beverly at the Navigating Entrepreneurship in Austin event and Texas Venture Lab at McCombs School of Business. Photo by Lauren Gerson.

Harlan Beverly, a graduate of the Oklahoma State Ph.D. in Business for Executives Program – Cohort II, was recently named best entrepreneurship professor at the University of Texas at Austin during Entrepreneurship Week by Longhorn Entrepreneurship Agency. Harlan teaches Lean Startup Essentials at UT and is Assistant Director of the Texas Venture Labs at UT. He shares how OSU helped him pursue his passions for his higher education, entrepreneurship and helping students achieve their goals. 

Why did you choose to participate in OSU’s Ph.D. In Business for Executives program? 

The OSU Ph.D. in Business for Executives program offered me a chance to continue my goals of lifelong learning and personal achievement. As a lover of video games, I am always looking for ways to push myself and level up. The OSU executive Ph.D. program was the best choice for me because it offered a real Ph.D. experience, including research requirements and a full dissertation while allowing me to continue to run my own business.

What specific OSU experiences or memories do you value most from your time at OSU? 

I fondly remember sitting in the big auditorium inside Boone Pickens Stadium and looking up at my family sitting up in the stands as I waited to be hooded for my Ph.D. That proud moment, sitting next to my Ph.D. dissertation chairman Dr. Tom Brown, is sealed in my memory forever.

Harlan Beverly (left) at the University of Texas at Austin during Entrepreneurship Week hosted by the Longhorn Entrepreneurship Agency.

How has your OSU degree helped you get where you are today?

My Ph.D. from OSU has allowed me to give back to the entrepreneurship community of Austin, Texas in a way that was bigger than I ever expected. Now, I get to teach full-time at UT Austin, where I get to teach and nurture more than 200 young student entrepreneurs each semester.

You just published your first book, “Lean Startings.” How was that experience and what is it about?

One of the best things about being a professor at a university is having summers off. I wrote the book last summer because I always wanted to write a book, and because I felt I had an important story to tell. The book is a fiction business novel, written in a style similar to E. Goldratt’s famous book, “The Goal.” My book “Lean Startings” is the story of a young man and a young woman, both of whom have a startup idea, but no clue as to where to begin. They both end up succeeding in their own way, and while learning entrepreneurship together, also fall in love.

You were just named best entrepreneurship professor at the University of Texas. Can you tell us about that honor and your role in Entrepreneurship Week at UT?

Entrepreneurship week at UT is a celebration of the year’s many entrepreneurship activities, professors, and students. It is the culmination of the entire UT Austin’s entrepreneurship programs. To be named best entrepreneurship professor is actually a huge deal and honor, because it is the only such award given out all year, and is a result of my year-long entrepreneurship teaching efforts.

Tell us about some achievements you are most proud of since graduating from OSU.

I am most proud of my students’ achievements. One of my students, a sophomore at UT Austin, created a business selling survival backpacks in one semester as part of my class and generated over $3,000 during the semester. I have had dozens of students go on to create actual companies after graduating and that is what makes me most proud.

Want to add anything else?

As always, I want to encourage everyone to follow your dreams. Hard work, passion, and focus will yield results. The only way to fail is never to have tried.  The only way to lose is to give up.

Harlan Beverly’s book can be found at http://leanstartings.com or http://amzn.to/2nK9mjP

OSU student’s struggles created
a company that gives back

Ariel West
  (March 24, 2017 at 1:04 pm)

Oklahoma State University’s School of Entrepreneurship continues to grow its student incubator program, accelerateOSU, as another student startup takes its first steps as a business.

Type It Up, founded by OSU marketing major Ashier Majok, is a typing company that takes handwritten documents and copies them into a digital format. Backed by research studies, Majok believes that the art of handwriting increases one’s performance in the classroom, improves memory and boosts thinking skills. Type It Up allows students to enjoy handwriting while the company converts the documents into digital copies. For every subscription received, Type It Up sends a pencil and a notebook to a child in need.

“Notes, essays, résumés, we type it all,” Majok said. “Through our app, anyone can take a picture of their handwritten documents and send it to us. We then send back a typed version to their email. We allow people to think better, faster, and improve their memory skills through the benefits of handwriting while we provide the convenience of a digital copy. We understand how important writing is, so we provide a pencil and notebook to a child in need for every subscription we get. Everyone deserves an opportunity to write.” Continue Reading

OSU teams bring home $47,000
from New Venture Competition

Ariel West
  (March 1, 2017 at 1:31 pm)

OSU teams Redcedar Products (left) and MITO Material Solutions (right)

Two Oklahoma State University entrepreneurship incubator teams comprised of students from the Spears School of Business, the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology, and the College of Arts and Sciences were among the top winners this past weekend in the finals of the Baylor Business New Venture Competition.

Out of 166 teams, the two OSU teams were selected to compete in the finals as part of the Top 12. OSU MBA student Haley Kurtz and mechanical engineering technology student Kevin Keith with MITO Material Solutions placed second in the competition, bringing home $35,000 plus an additional $500 for placing third in the live pitch portion of the competition. MITO sells adhesive epoxy additives which allow manufacturers to double the durability or significantly decreases the weight of composite materials utilized in the aerospace, recreation, and automotive industries.

Kevin Keith (left) and Haley Kurtz (right) of MITO Material Solutions win second place at the Baylor Business New Venture Competition

“Winning second place at Baylor is a huge accomplishment for MITO Material Solutions,” Kurtz said. “Compared to previous competitions we have been a part of, the competition and schedule at Baylor was fierce. Thankfully, Baylor University offered many coaching and feedback sessions from experienced advisors and judges, which allowed us to really improve our presentation for the semi and final rounds.

“Overall, we learned so much and are so grateful for the support of our advisor, Richard Gajan, and the OSU entrepreneurship ecosystem. This experience was unforgettable, and we are so proud of this achievement.” Continue Reading

Folds of Honor founder Dan Rooney
addresses vets at OSU’s VEP closing ceremony

Ariel West
  (March 1, 2017 at 11:25 am)

Fallen Comrade Ceremonial table

Saturday evening marked the closing ceremony of the eighth annual Veterans Entrepreneurship Program, headed by the Riata Center for Entrepreneurship at Oklahoma State University, with a keynote address from Maj. Dan Rooney, founder of the Folds of Honor Foundation.

The closing ceremony featured remarks from Bruce Barringer, head of the School of Entrepreneurship at OSU, and Craig Watters, executive director of the Riata Center. Capt. Richard Hansen, United States Marine Corps, retired, honored all fallen, lost and imprisoned veterans with the Fallen Comrade Ceremony. Rooney then presented his keynote address.

Maj. Dan Rooney, U.S. Air Force, founder of the Folds of Honor Foundation

“The Veterans Entrepreneurship Program has armed you with great skills, but it will still be a challenge,” Rooney said in his address. “Embrace it. Anything is possible. Listen to your heart and have the faith and courage to take chances. Support each other, because the journey isn’t over. Have an ‘I will’ mentality, harness that fire within you and keep with your dreams.” Continue Reading

OSU Entrepreneurship hosts competition
as first major event of new accelerateOSU

Ariel West
  (February 23, 2017 at 1:33 pm)

Oklahoma State University’s School of Entrepreneurship is hosting a campus-wide Business Plan Competition open to OSU students of all majors.

Participants across campus will complete an intent to compete form by March 3 and submit a 10-page business plan by March 22. The top eight finalists will be announced April 3 and will compete in a live 10-minute business plan presentation April 28 at the Backstage, located at 7th and Main streets in Stillwater.

“The goal of the competition is to showcase OSU’s innovative technology and resources while highlighting the collaboration and innovation of the student teams,” said Haley Kurtz, event coordinator for the School of Entrepreneurship’s accelerateOSU branch. “We wanted to host a competition for all OSU students from Tulsa, Stillwater and Oklahoma City, and show that entrepreneurial ideas help promote economic development.” Continue Reading

OSU’s online Master’s of Entrepreneurship
program ranked as the best in the nation

Ariel West
  (February 14, 2017 at 3:09 pm)

Oklahoma State University’s School of Entrepreneurship has been selected as the top program in the nation offering an online Master’s in Entrepreneurship (MSE).

This isn’t the first time OSU’s School of Entrepreneurship has received nationwide recognition. The program started in 2008 and quickly gained recognition a short four years later, debuting in the Princeton Review as the No. 23 program in the Top 25 Graduate School of Entrepreneurship Studies.

SuccessfulStudent.org’s ranking of the of the 15 Best Online Entrepreneurship Colleges in the United States placed OSU as No. 1 on the list. The School of Entrepreneurship had also been ranked the No. 1 Best Online College for Entrepreneurship by OnlineColleges.com, No. 2 for the Most Affordable Top Ranked Online MBA Entrepreneurship Program by EDsmart.org and BestMastersDegrees.com. Continue Reading

Two OSU teams selected as Top 12 finalists
in Baylor Business New Venture Competition

Ariel West
  (February 6, 2017 at 2:15 pm)

After months of planning and competing, two Oklahoma State University entrepreneurship incubator teams are advancing to the Top 12 in the sixth annual Baylor Business New Venture Competition.

Spears Business student Kevin Keith and MBA student Haley Kurtz with MITO Material Solutions and Christina Anaya, Wesley Honeycutt and Spears MBA student John Nickel with Redcedar Products will participate in the finals Feb. 23-25. The competition is a two-day, dual-round business plan and speed pitch competition that promotes entrepreneurship and small business development. First place will win $60,000 in cash plus multiple free resources such as consulting and data room access provided by sponsors. Second and third place will also be awarded cash prizes of $35,000 and $20,000 respectively. Continue Reading

OSU’s Veterans Entrepreneurship Program
to launch Feb. 18 for vets from across nation

Ariel West
  (January 30, 2017 at 8:13 am)

The Veterans Entrepreneurship Program at Oklahoma State University continues to attract national attention as it enters its eighth consecutive year of empowering American military veterans as they turn their business idea into workable business models.

The program, headed by the Riata Center for Entrepreneurship, 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. Sixteen military veterans representing four of the five branches of the United State military will be traveling to Stillwater to participate in the innovative “boot camp” program Feb. 18-26.

“We believe in providing practical skills that will empower veterans to become financially independent,” said Alexces Bartley, manager of events and outreach for the Riata Center. “We teach them the significance of being entrepreneurs. We provide industry knowledge and support for businesses at every step of implementation. Our faculty members and industry experts make sure the veterans are well prepared by the time they leave Stillwater, and what better way to thank our veterans for their service and sacrifice than by helping them achieve their goals in civilian life?” Continue Reading

OSU’s Riata Center awards two student
groups for Reverse Pitch Challenge

Ariel West
  (November 28, 2016 at 10:11 am)

After months of preparation, planning and refining business plans, two student groups were selected as winners of Oklahoma State University’s inaugural Riata Reverse Pitch Challenge Nov. 15.

Rachel Brown and Jake Swanson

Rachel Brown and Jake Swanson

The competition’s semi finals were held Nov. 7 and featured five teams. Nonprofit management and entrepreneurship major Rachel Brown and entrepreneurship major Jake Swanson were selected as the winners for the City of Stillwater/Chamber of Commerce category. The group worked on ideas to improve the process of recruiting and retaining young professionals to live and work in Stillwater. Their major idea was a Payne County Career Fair.

“One reason young professionals, especially those right out of college, don’t stay in Stillwater is because they are unaware of the job opportunities within their reach,” Brown said. “As freshmen, Jake and I went into this competition with the mindset that this would just be a great learning experience. We put forth the best idea that we came up with and hoped for the best, so we are ecstatic that we won.” Continue Reading

OSU’s Riata Center for Entrepreneurship
hosts first Reverse Pitch competition

Ariel West
  (October 12, 2016 at 9:00 am)

reverse_pitchOklahoma State University’s Riata Center for Entrepreneurship is bringing a new competition for students that’s outside of the norm.

Entrepreneurs are used to pitching their ideas to businesses, but the Reverse Pitch competition brings companies in to pitch problems to the students. The students take notes, ask questions during the companies’ presentations and then can choose to either form a group or individually create solutions.

“The purpose of the event is to help organizations in our community as well as show the students the importance of innovation within existing organizations,” said Alexces Bartley, manager of events and outreach for the Riata Center. “People tend to associate entrepreneurship with startup businesses, but you can have an entrepreneurial mindset in an existing organization.” Continue Reading

Spears School management sustainability,
entrepreneurship double-major has big goals

Ariel West
  (October 11, 2016 at 8:40 am)


Ashley Shannon

Ashley Shannon

She’s a 20-year-old brown-eyed Oklahoma State University junior ready to take on the world.

Wichita, Kansas native Ashley Shannon is a management sustainability and entrepreneurship double-major with a minor in international studies. If that wasn’t already enough, she’s also a member of the Entrepreneurship Advisory Board, a member of the Spears School of Business Scholar Leaders program, interning for the Life Out of the Box social venture, starting her own business and visiting four countries within the next year.

“I took the Intro to Entrepreneurship class and realized that my ideas of success were unconventional and different,” Shannon said. “That motivated me to pick up entrepreneurship as a major in addition to my management sustainability major. I then applied for the Entrepreneurship Advisory Board and it basically gave me the opportunity to be a voice for the School of Entrepreneurship.” Continue Reading

School of Entrepreneurship awarded grant for
Veterans Entrepreneurship Program

Ariel West
  (September 27, 2016 at 2:52 pm)

VEP logoOklahoma State University’s School of Entrepreneurship and Riata Center for Entrepreneurship were selected to receive a $100,000 Service Disabled Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Program grant awarded by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

The grant assists in providing entrepreneurial training to service-disabled veterans interested in starting or growing a small business. The 12-month grant will aid the Riata Center’s Veterans Entrepreneurship Program (VEP), which is offered completely free to veterans accepted into the program. The “boot camp” program builds on elements of OSU’s entrepreneurship curriculum and helps veterans develop business ideas to implement into their business models. Continue Reading

Student’s Peace Corps calling influenced
by OSU Entrepreneurship class

Ariel West
  (September 12, 2016 at 10:42 am)


Andy Blye, marketing and entrepreneurship senior

Andy Blye, marketing and entrepreneurship senior

What do you even expect when you enroll in a class students call “Imagination”?

Entrepreneurship and marketing double-major senior Andy Blye found out when he enrolled in Spears School of Business adjunct professor Tom Westbrook’s class in the spring of 2016.

“We were put into groups to work on two major projects,” Blye said. “The class was full of people from different cultures from across the globe. We worked on feasible ideas for future needs and the return on investment of these ideas. Two major projects my group worked on stuck out to me: using virtual reality to treat patients from long-distance, and the infant mortality rate in the country of Cameroon.” Continue Reading

Two with Spears School connections
will represent the U.S. in the Olympics

Jerimy Sherin
  (August 4, 2016 at 9:14 am)
CaleSimmons

Cale Simmons

Air Force 1st Lt. Cale Simmons will soon graduate from Oklahoma State University with a master’s degree in entrepreneurship as a student in the Spears School of Business. He will also add another item to his impressive resume: Olympic athlete.

Simmons is a participant in the World Class Athlete Program in the U.S. Air Force, a program that allows him to train every day for his sport. Once he graduates, Simmons plans to open his own business, but for now he is focused on the pole vault competition Aug. 13 in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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OSU-Tulsa awarded grant to develop
advanced fuel storage tank with Infinite Composites Technologies

OSU-Tulsa news staff
  (July 13, 2016 at 8:10 am)
Range Vaidyanathan, Varnadow professor of materials science and engineering at Oklahoma State University-Tulsa, received the $300,000 grant.

Range Vaidyanathan, Varnadow professor of materials science and engineering at Oklahoma State University-Tulsa, received the $300,000 grant.

The Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST) has awarded a nearly $300,000 grant to Ranji Vaidyanathan, Ph.D., Varnadow professor of materials science and engineering at Oklahoma State University-Tulsa, to develop a lightweight storage tank for low-temperature pressurized fuels.

Vaidyanathan is working with Infinite Composites Technologies (ICT) on developing a “Cryogenic Composite Engineered Laminated (CryoCEL™)” tank.

“The ideal application for this project is for transporting fuels that require storage at low temperatures.” Vaidyanathan said. “The new tank will be more economical because of its lighter weight and ability to conserve fuel by preventing boil-off.”

OSU-Tulsa and ICT (formerly CleanNG) signed a facility use agreement last fall that provides the company access to the Helmerich Research Center’s Next Generation Materials Lab at OSU-Tulsa. Aside from the most recent OCAST award, Vaidyanathan and ICT have been awarded more than $500,000 in research grants from OCAST and the National Science Foundation since 2013.

“This collaborative project between Dr. Vaidyanathan and ICT will have an impact on the state and local economy,” said OSU-Tulsa President Howard Barnett. “At OSU-Tulsa, we are very proud of our research faculty and their efforts to develop and commercialize innovative engineering technology.”

Once completed, the project is expected to generate $8.8 million in additional wages to Oklahoma, Vaidyanathan said.

OSU alumni Matt Villarreal and Michael Tate founded ICT in 2010 while they were students in Stillwater.

“We’re thrilled about this new research opportunity. We’ve been getting cryogenic tank inquiries for a while and now we have the funds to develop it,” said Tate, who also is ICT’s chief operating officer. “This is fantastic timing coming off a $1.5 million investment that closed earlier this year.”

OCAST announced $7.5 million in grant awards last month for 48 Oklahoma research and development projects. The state agency was established to foster innovation in existing and developing businesses in Oklahoma.

The OSU-Tulsa Helmerich Research Center is a state-of-the-art research and education center. The 123,000-square-foot facility was created with a mission to provide research, testing, technology transfer and education to advance the region’s aerospace, energy, manufacturing, transportation, electronics and medical industries. To learn more about the HRC, visit https://www.osu-tulsa.okstate.edu/helmerich/index.php.

OSU’s Online Master’s in Entrepreneurship
receives No. 1 ranking in the United States

Terry Tush
  (June 23, 2016 at 3:28 pm)

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Oklahoma State University’s online master’s in entrepreneurship program is being recognized as the No. 1-ranked program in the United States, according to OnlineColleges.com.

The unique methodology used to evaluate entrepreneurship programs by OnlineColleges.com is based on factors that matter to students – like graduation rates and tuition costs.

“We are delighted to see our master’s degree in entrepreneurship receive this ranking,” said Ken Eastman, dean of the Spears School of Business. “Spears Business strives to provide a high-quality, online experience for our students and this ranking reflects our commitment to our online students. Our School of Entrepreneurship does a wonderful job of engaging students and it is great to see them recognized for their efforts.” Continue Reading

OSU business student realizes
big dream in small container

Ariel West
  (June 3, 2016 at 1:43 pm)
Swapneel Deshpande, M.S. business analytics student, hopes to redefine the 'American Dream.' Photo (c) Jordan Richards

Swapneel Deshpande, M.S. business analytics student, hopes to redefine the ‘American Dream.’ Photo (c) Jordan Richards

The “American Dream” is an idea that most every person in United States seeks out, but Oklahoma State University business analytics master’s student Swapneel Deshpande seeks to redefine it.

Deshpande, along with OSU graduates Ben Loh and Lee Easton, created ModernBlox, a startup that turns old shipping containers into weather-resistant housing. The containers are safe (they can withstand up to 250 miles an hour wind when anchored), modern and eco-friendly and aim to offer affordable housing options at a time when the housing market has skyrocketed in price.

“Owning a house is part of that ‘American Dream,’ and, especially as an international student, that’s a major milestone,” Deshpande said. Continue Reading

OSU Entrepreneurial Internship Program
partners with businesses seeking interns

Ariel West
  (May 23, 2016 at 1:52 pm)

4993 Riata Internship Program Graphic-centeredThe Riata Center for Entrepreneurship at Oklahoma State University is seeking partnerships with businesses to host interns for the fall 2016 semester.

Businesses apply to host an OSU student for the paid internship program for 15-20 hours per week during the fall semester. The Riata Center will match a student intern to a business host according to the business’s needs and student skill. The student interns will learn about business models and work on the business’s overarching projects with the direction of the Riata Entrepreneurial Internship Program staff. Continue Reading