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)

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)


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

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.

Spears study abroad program, now called the Center for Advanced Global Leadership and Engagement (CAGLE), has been sending students on study abroad trips for 25 years, but this was the first time a group traveled to Israel. Continue Reading

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