Entrepreneurship

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.

OSU student-led business is growing

Spears School News Staff
  (August 5, 2014 at 12:07 pm)

r2r-logo-original-320-132pxRoll-2-Roll Technologies, an Oklahoma State University student-led business founded in 2013, is growing thanks to raising a considerable amount of capital this summer.

Roll-2-Roll (R2R) Technologies was founded and is operated by a team of OSU faculty and students. The project originated as a master’s thesis by Aravind Seshadri, a doctoral student in mechanical engineering, under the supervision of Prabhakar Pagilla, the centennial professor of engineering in the Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department at OSU. The team includes Caro Branca, a doctoral student in mechanical engineering, and Pedro Velasco, a doctoral student in leisure studies

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OSU’s Student Startup Central receives
recognition as Incubator of the Year

Spears School News Staff
  (July 21, 2014 at 9:34 am)
Oklahoma State University’s Student Startup Central was recognized as an Incubator of the Year at the 2014 Small Business Awards, presented annually by The Journal Record. Presenting the award to Student Startup Central coordinator Rachel Mui (middle) and Craig Watters, director of the Riata Center for Entrepreneurship (second from right) were, from left, Mary Melon, publisher of The Journal Record; Lewis Jones, Senior Vice President and head of Commercial Lending for Bank2, and Yolanda Olivarez, regional director for the Small Business Administration.

Oklahoma State University’s Student Startup Central was recognized as an Incubator of the Year at the 2014 Small Business Awards, presented annually by The Journal Record. Presenting the award to Student Startup Central coordinator Rachel Mui (middle) and Craig Watters, director of the Riata Center for Entrepreneurship (second from right) were, from left, Mary Melon, publisher of The Journal Record; Lewis Jones, Senior Vice President and head of Commercial Lending for Bank2, and Yolanda Olivarez, regional director for the Small Business Administration.

Student Startup Central, a student business incubator operated by the Riata Center of Entrepreneurship and the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University, was recently recognized as an Incubator of the Year at the 2014 Small Business Awards in Oklahoma City.

The 2014 Small Business Awards are presented annually by The Journal Record newspaper.

Student Startup Central accommodates students at the different stages of starting a business. Offering assistance for students with early business concepts to student companies with products that are ready to launch, the program is designed to support students in each step of the journey toward becoming a business owner.
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Spears School’s Robert A. Baron
to receive 2014 Greif Research Impact Award

Terry Tush
  (May 7, 2014 at 4:31 pm)
Robert A. Baron

Robert A. Baron

Robert A. Baron, Regents Professor and William S. Spears Chair in the Oklahoma State University School of Entrepreneurship, will be presented the 2014 Greif Research Impact Award this summer at the business meeting of the Entrepreneurship Division of the 74th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management.

The Greif Research Award, established in 2007, is a $5,000 annual award given to the researcher who published the most impactful entrepreneurship article six years ago in the top management and entrepreneurship journals. Impact is measured as receiving the highest number of citations in the five years since the paper was published.

Bruce Barringer, head of School of Entrepreneurship, says it is no surprise that Baron is being honored with the award.
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Riata Center for Entrepreneurship’s
student incubator to host pitch day

Taryn Trujillo
  (April 3, 2014 at 1:08 pm)

Student Startup Central logoOklahoma State University students involved in the Riata Center for Entrepreneurship’s student incubator program will be participating in a “pitch day” at the new incubator location to showcase their business concepts.

There are 17 teams (about 35 undergraduate and graduate students) from across campus in the program. Each group is looking to launch their own unique businesses, from retail stores to high-tech growth and medical devices.

On April 25, they will discuss their businesses and the progress they’ve made since joining the program with judges from the community. Prize money will be awarded to teams in order to help them move forward in establishing their businesses. Small sums of grants and in-kind services from local supporters will provide basic help for the student-run businesses.

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‘Launching A Business: The First 100 Days,’
by Bruce Barringer, selected as Editor’s Pick

Spears School News Staff
  (November 1, 2013 at 11:20 am)
Bruce Barringer

Bruce Barringer

A Spears School of Business professor authored a recently released book, “Launching A Business: The First 100 Days,” that was named an Editor’s Pick by CHOICE Magazine. Bruce Barringer, head of the School of Entrepreneurship at the Spears School, is the author of the 238-page self-help book.

Barringer’s book is recognized in CHOICE Magazine, the top library and book buyer magazine in the United States.

The following review, written by J. J. Janney of the University of Dayton, will appear in the November issue of CHOICE:

“Everyone knows starting a new business takes work, but many potential entrepreneurs become unnerved by the fear of things they do not know, but which matter. Beyond knowledge of the actual business and industry, this can entail knowing whether to incorporate, establish an online media presence, or even how to complete required forms. These types of unknowns can unnerve entrepreneurs. Barringer (entrepreneurship, Oklahoma State Univ.) wrote Launching a Business to calm those nerves.

“A book of advice and sources, it breaks the launch process into two sections, prelaunch (days 1-30) and postlaunch (days 31-100). While it covers all functional areas of launching a business, the book particularly highlights the mechanics of establishing an online presence. Each chapter provides checklists, encouraging entrepreneurs to document their efforts. Entrepreneurs seeking to write a business plan will find this information valuable.

“While this title overlaps with works such as Mike McKeever’s How to Write a Business Plan (CH, Apr’13, 50-4538), it differs by offering more tactical advice on things important during early launch of a business that an experienced founder should know but a novice likely will not. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels of undergraduate students; practitioners; aspiring entrepreneurs; general readers.”

To read the review online, go to the Choice Review Online website: http://www.cro3.org/content/51/03/51-1579.full

OSU faculty members, including Craig Watters,
to assist aspiring entrepreneurs in Africa

Spears School News Staff
  (October 23, 2013 at 11:01 am)
Photo of OSU professors involved in project

Project team members include Craig Edwards (back left), professor of agricultural education and graduate coordinator; graduate student Assoumane Maiga from Mali; Stephen Mukembo, project graduate assistant from Uganda; Craig Watters, interim director of the Riata Center for Entrepreneurship; Rob Terry, department head of agricultural education, communications and leadership; David Henneberry, associate vice president of International Studies and Outreach; graduate student Fred Matofari of Kenya; Dwayne Cartmell, professor of agricultural communications; Adel Tongco (front left), interim director of international agriculture programs; Shida Henneberry, Master of International Agriculture program director; Lisa Taylor, Muskogee County Extension educator; Brentney Maroney, project graduate assistant; and Shelly Sitton, professor of agricultural communications.

The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has selected a team of Oklahoma State University faculty, including Craig Watters with the School of Entrepreneurship in the Spears School of Business, to lead a $513,000 grant project to help aspiring entrepreneurs in three African nations.

Watters, interim director of the Riata Center of Entrepreneurship in the Spears School, will work in partnership with Dwayne Cartmell, Craig Edwards and Shelly Sitton in the Department of Agricultural Education, Communications and Leadership, and Shida Henneberry in the Department of Agricultural Economics to conduct the interdisciplinary exchange program in 2013-2014.

The project’s broad aim is to create professional relationships and learning experiences between U.S. entrepreneurs and mid-level, up-and-coming entrepreneurs from Kenya, South Africa and Uganda. To help empower aspiring entrepreneurs through the project, 24 selected African Fellows will participate in a two-way educational exchange in spring and fall 2014.

“We are excited about this grant whose core is about entrepreneurship and business. We are also excited to forge new relationships with the agriculture school,” said Watters. “Our students and entrepreneur network now will have more avenues to connect and grow. We look forward to this initiative constituting the beginnings of new research, courses, study abroad initiatives sponsored by the Riata Center and School of Entrepreneurship, and moving our students out into the world.”

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Spears School’s Bruce Barringer honored
as Top 25 Entrepreneurship Professor

Terry Tush
  (October 18, 2013 at 12:56 pm)
Bruce Barringer

Bruce Barringer

Oklahoma State University’s Bruce Barringer has been recognized as one of the Top 25 Entrepreneurship Professors of 2013.

Barringer, Professor and N. Malone Mitchell, Jr. Chair in Entrepreneurship, and head of the School of Entrepreneurship at OSU’s Spears School of Business, was the only professor honored from the state of Oklahoma and one of only four chosen from Big 12 schools, in the announcement by 3 Day Startup.

“Barringer has been the director of the School of Entrepreneurship’s master’s program since 2010 and was recently selected to head the entrepreneurship program for the university. He has taught courses at the Spears School of Business on ‘Entrepreneurial Thinking and Behavior,’ ‘Entrepreneurship and Venture Management,’ ‘Advanced Entrepreneurship Practicum,’ and ‘Launching a Business: The First 100 Days,’” 3 Day Startup stated in a release on the top 25 professors.

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School of Entrepreneurship graduate program
receives top-25 ranking from Princeton Review

Terry Tush
  (September 19, 2013 at 11:07 am)

Princeton Review sealOklahoma State University’s School of Entrepreneurship has been recognized as one of the top schools in the nation for the third year in a row, according to the Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine.

The School of Entrepreneurship in the Spears School of Business is ranked 22nd on the list of Top 25 Graduate Schools for Entrepreneurship Programs for 2014. The rankings are based on surveys sent to more than 2,000 institutions from April to June in 2013. The Princeton Review has reported these lists annually since 2006 in partnership with Entrepreneur Media Inc., publisher of Entrepreneur magazine.

“We are pleased that the Princeton Review has once again recognized our graduate program in entrepreneurship. Congratulations to Bruce (Barringer, head of the School of Entrepreneurship) and his team for their efforts in providing great opportunities for their students. Their dedication reflects how important graduate programs are to the Spears School of Business,” said Ken Eastman, interim dean of the Spears School of Business.

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OSU’s Online Master’s in Entrepreneurship
ranked No. 1 in nation for second time

Terry Tush
  (September 9, 2013 at 9:33 am)
Bruce Barringer

Bruce Barringer

The online Master’s in Entrepreneurship program offered by the School of Entrepreneurship in the Spears School of Business has been named the best in the United States for the second consecutive year, according to rankings published this month.

Oklahoma State University’s Master’s in Entrepreneurship online program is No. 1 in the nation in the rankings of the 20 Best Online MBA Entrepreneurship Programs as named by TheBestSchools.org, a website devoted to empowering students with information to assist them in selecting the best school and degree programs

“The (Oklahoma State) online Master’s in Entrepreneurship program covers the nature of entrepreneurship and the entrepreneurial process. The program combines core content with a strong commitment to experimental learning. It enhances student competencies in areas such as risk management, opportunity recognition, resource leveraging, business planning, and innovation. The online Master in Entrepreneurship degree program is part of the university-wide entrepreneurship emphasis at Oklahoma State University,” according to the TheBestSchools.org release in describing why OSU’s program was selected best in the nation.

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Bruce Barringer selected to lead
OSU’s entrepreneurship program

Terry Tush
  (August 8, 2013 at 8:20 am)
Bruce Barringer

Bruce Barringer

Bruce Barringer has been selected as head of Oklahoma State University’s award-winning entrepreneurship program.

Barringer, the Johnny D. Pope Entrepreneurship Chair in the Spears School of Business for the past three years, will lead both the School of Entrepreneurship and the outreach branch, the Riata Center for Entrepreneurship, said Ken Eastman, interim dean of the Spears School.

Barringer’s appointment is pending approval of the OSU Board of Regents at the Sept. 6 meeting.

“I’m very excited. We have a great group of students, we have a very engaged and skilled faculty, and a lot of support from the OSU community. We are confident that the best days of the School of Entrepreneurship and the Riata Center are ahead of us,” said Barringer, who has served an interim head of the School of Entrepreneurship since May 2012.

“Dr. Barringer has great plans for the school and the Riata Center and I look forward to more great things from the school. We greatly appreciate his willingness to accept this important, leadership role,” said Eastman.

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OSU’s Entrepreneurs Inspire Bootcamp
available for aspiring business owners

Terry Tush
  (August 1, 2013 at 8:36 am)
Participants in the 2013 Entrepreneurs Inspire Bootcamp will interact with guest entrepreneurs and industry experts as they receive hands-on experience during the four-week program.

Participants in the 2013 Entrepreneurs Inspire Bootcamp will interact with guest entrepreneurs and industry experts as they receive hands-on experience during the four-week program.

Do you want to create your own future? Do you have a passion for a business idea? Are you a dreamer and a doer? Have you started a business but need help? Then the Entrepreneurs Inspire Bootcamp is exactly what’s needed.

Building from key elements of Oklahoma State University’s award-winning entrepreneurship curriculum, the 2013 Entrepreneurs Inspire Bootcamp (formerly known as the OSU Cowboy Bootcamp for Entrepreneurs) is a series of modules designed to assist entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs in growing businesses successfully and profitably.

The new four-week program features more interaction with guest entrepreneurs and workshop sessions with industry experts for an improved hands-on experience on how to apply the lessons learned to a new start-up.

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OSU students, Spears School staff
member receive top honors at PBL

Dollie Elliott
  (July 8, 2013 at 10:14 am)
PBL 1st Place Award - Jerry A Powers

Oklahoma State University senior Jerry Powers receives the first-place trophy in the Small Business Management Plan competition at the FBLA-PBL National Leadership Conference for his company predictREI, a software program that predicts the potential return on properties for real estate investors.

Oklahoma State University students Jerry Powers, Megan Melot and Aaron Barker, along with Spears School of Business academic counselor Sarah Chabinak were the recipients of various honors at the Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, Calif., last month.

The winners of these highly competitive and prestigious awards were selected from among FBLA-PBL’s membership of 250,000 students and advisers and represent some of the best and brightest of today’s youth.

Powers, a senior marketing major at OSU, captured first place in the Small Business Management Plan competition for his company, predictREI Systems, developing a software program that predicts the potential return on properties for real estate investors.

Powers submitted a 30-page business plan in early March to be judged prior to his oral presentation at the FBLA-PBL State Leadership Conference held in April. He placed first on the state level before going on to the FBLA-PBL National Leadership Competition in Anaheim.

The grueling two-day completion included three oral presentations, question-and-answer sessions and formidable competition with one competitor having previous success in pitching her business on the national television’s “The Shark Tank.”

Oklahoma State University students Megan Melot (left), accounting major, places second in the Future Business Executive competition and was elected PBL National Treasurer with the help of her campaign manager, Aaron Barker (right), general business major, at the FBLA-PBL National Leadership Conference.

Oklahoma State University students Megan Melot (left), accounting major, places second in the Future Business Executive competition and was elected PBL National Treasurer with the help of her campaign manager, Aaron Barker (right), general business major, at the FBLA-PBL National Leadership Conference.

Melot, an accounting major, received national recognition at the FBLA-PBL Awards of Excellence. She competed in the Future Business Executive competition and brought home a second-place award. Melot was also elected PBL National Treasurer for the coming year with the help of her campaign manager, Aaron Barker, a general business major.

Chabinak, Spears School academic counselor, OSU local chapter adviser and FBLA-PBL Professional Division member, also placed third in Business Law in Today’s World, a professional division open event.

Powers is the sole member of his company predictREI Systems, developing a software program that predicts the potential return on properties for real estate investors. The project has been four years in the making. He has combined complex analysis with seven different methods to save investors valuable time with the potential to create $5,000 to $100,000 or more in profit.

During the final round of the competition, Powers delivered a seven-minute presentation followed by a three-minute Q&A to capture first place, a trophy and a $500 cash-prize.

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Sarah Chabinak, Spears School academic counselor, OSU local chapter adviser and FBLA-PBL Professional Division member, also placed third in Business Law in Today’s World, a professional division open event.

“The experience on stage was surreal – I hardly heard the crowd and I was in disbelief that I had won against such talented competition from across the nation. Knowing that I had won gave me the confidence to know that I had a viable business opportunity that has been scrutinized and endorsed by knowledgeable judges from four business plan competitions,” said Powers.

Almost four years ago, Jerry Powers decided to attend OSU after being attracted to the entrepreneurship program in the Spears School of Business.

“I decided to come to OSU when I decided that a marketing degree from OSU would allow me to either secure a high position with a home-building firm or allow me to start my own company,” said Powers.

After a 20-year career in the home building industry, the 49-year-old found himself jobless after his employer was forced to close their business during the housing crisis. Powers decided to mold his passion for home building into a career in real estate. His research led him to develop software for personal use but when several investors began inquiring about it at a Tulsa County property auction, he decided to rethink its use.

“When they expressed an interest in having a copy of the software I decided there might be a business opportunity,” said Powers, who spent the next four years developing the software for mass appeal.

Powers credits several OSU professors for their guidance including Xiang Fang, associate professor of marketing; Tracy Suter, associate professor of marketing; Michael H. Morris, professor and N. Malone Mitchell, Jr. Chair in the School of Entrepreneurship, and Richard Gajan, Carl Thoma Distinguished Clinical Professor in Entrepreneurship.

“When I learned that I had won the PLB competition, I felt so appreciative of all of the professors/mentors that helped me get there. They gave of their time, knowledge and experience so generously that I knew I could not have achieved success without my professors and project team members in my classes at OSU,” said Powers.

Powers refined his business plan in the Business Plan Laboratory class during the 2013 spring semester in preparation for the OSU Business Plan Competition.

“Jerry is a great example of entrepreneurial drive that gives us in the Spears School of Business such pride. After placing fourth in the Riata Business Plan competition, Jerry took input from the judges and other advisors to hone his pitch for the PBL competition and it showed. He earned that first place finish in nationals,” said Gajan.

Powers also competed in the Governor’s Cup Business Plan Competition, advancing to the semifinals and earning a $5,000 scholarship to fund his final semester this fall at OSU.

Powers is currently making final enhancements to the software and plans to release the beta test version this month. Once he receives venture capital or generates enough revenue he plans to hire a software engineer and a sales manager. “By year five, I project generating over $30 million in revenue and employ over 30 people,” said Powers, who has plans to develop additional products and services directed toward supporting real estate investors.

To find out more information about his venture, visit http://www.predictREI.com.

OSU now accepting applications for
2014 Veterans Entrepreneurship Program

Terry Tush
  (July 3, 2013 at 9:37 am)
Drew and Heather Gomer

Drew and Heather Gomer are just two of the many participants who have benefitted from Oklahoma State University’s Veterans Entrepreneurship Program (VEP).

Oklahoma State University is now accepting applications for its annual program helping disabled veterans launch and grow their own businesses.

The Veterans Entrepreneurship Program, or VEP, is an entrepreneurial training program designed to empower veterans by providing them critical resources to turn their business ideas into workable business models, helping them create companies and sustainable ventures.

“The heart of our VEP includes lectures, workshops, and instruction in decision-making, product development, project management, contracts, manufacturing, and operations, the skills required to start and maintain real businesses,” said Craig Watters, professor in entrepreneurship and interim director of the Riata Center of Entrepreneurship.

The VEP is presented each year by the Riata Center for Entrepreneurship and the School of Entrepreneurship in the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University. The yearlong program offers a three-phase, hands-on learning opportunity. Participants complete an online self-study session and an intense eight-day on-campus boot camp conducted by world-class entrepreneurship educators and successful entrepreneurs, which is followed by 10 months of mentoring and support from the Tulsa Rotary and volunteer entrepreneurs.
 
The VEP is provided free of charge – including transportation, accommodations, books, food and instruction – to accepted applicants. OSU alumni and supporters have rallied around the program and donated thousands of dollars to help make VEP possible each year.

There are a limited number of positions available and interested veterans are encouraged to submit their application as early as possible.

Drew and Heather Gomer, a married couple from Oklahoma City, took the knowledge learned from the program to open their own companies after attending the 2013 Veterans Entrepreneurship Program. Heather is the CEO and co-founder of Advanced Flight Training Solutions and she recently signed an operating agreement with the airport in Yukon, Okla., where the Sundance Flight Academy already has one airplane, an instructor and several students. Drew recently started Military Morph, a job placement service for veterans separating from the military.

“I showed up to VEP with a business concept. The professors and entrepreneurs that made VEP possible guided me through the process of turning my idea into reality,” said Heather Gomer. “At the end of the course, when I pitched by business concept, every single panel member noted that they would invest in the company I was proposing to start. That was the beginning for me. I walked away from VEP with not only the knowledge I needed to get started, but also the support and encouragement I needed at the time.”

Drew Gomer says the program is changing his life. “I would absolutely recommend the VEP program for veterans who are motivated, driven and interested in growing or starting a business,” said Drew Gomer. “This program provides all the tools for success and I would recommend it to all veterans interested in starting or growing their business. I learned more in this course in a week than I did in the two-and-a-half year self-study of entrepreneurship.

“I had the luxury of attending the program with my wife, Heather, who quit her day job a month after the program and has been fully focused on seeing her business succeed and grow. The business I am creating is rewarding, challenging and will be my greatest accomplishment to date once it becomes profitable.”

Applications for the 2013-2014 VEP are available online at http://entrepreneurship.okstate.edu/riata/veterans. Applications are due by Oct. 1, 2013.

To make a donation, visit the same website http://entrepreneurship.okstate.edu/riata/veterans/, or contact Misty Stutsman at 405-744-4350. 

Oklahoma State University student-led business
wins $30,000 at Donald W. Reynolds Cup

Terry Tush
  (May 22, 2013 at 2:51 pm)
R2R Technologies

From left, the R2R Technologies team of Pedro Velasco, Carlo Branca, Aravind Seshadri, Prabhakar Pagilla and Richard Gajan after winning first place in the Tri-State Donald W. Reynolds Cup business plan competition.

R2R Technologies, an Oklahoma State University student-led business, was one of the major winners at the Tri-State Donald. W. Reynolds Cup business plan competition in Las Vegas on Tuesday night.

R2R Technologies, which includes OSU graduate students Aravind Seshadri, Carol Branca and Pedro Velasco, was named the Graduate Division winner in the business plan competition and won $30,000. The OSU students were competing against the top two teams from Governor’s Cup competitions in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Nevada.

“We are very proud of this team and their accomplishments,” said Bruce Barringer, interim chair of the School of Entrepreneurship in OSU’s Spears School of Business. “Although the students did the hard part, this win is a big step forward for the School of Entrepreneurship and also is an affirmation of the strength of the entrepreneurial ecosystem on the OSU system.

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Spears School of Business organizes program
in Moscow for entrepreneurship educators

Spears School News Staff
  (May 20, 2013 at 9:40 am)
Michael Morris

Michael Morris

The demand for entrepreneurship education is a global phenomenon that Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business is helping solve.

In an effort to address the need for faculty who can teach entrepreneurship, the Spears School’s Michael Morris, Malone Mitchell Chair in Entrepreneurship, recently helped deliver a program called the Dynamic Entrepreneurship Classroom (DEC) in Moscow, Russia. DEC is an intensive seminar exposing faculty members from across the Russian Federation to best practices in entrepreneurship education.

The seminar is a partnership offered jointly by OSU, Texas Christian University and Syracuse University, among three of the top entrepreneurship programs in the United States.

The program was offered at Moscow State University, the leading institution of higher learning in Russia. Forty-two faculty members attended the three-day program. They were exposed to perspectives on the content, innovative pedagogy, course and curriculum design, and experiential learning tools and approaches.

OSU’s entrepreneurship program receives
U.S. News & World Report top-25 ranking

Spears School News Staff
  (April 29, 2013 at 12:27 pm)

School of Entrepreneurship logoThe School of Entrepreneurship and the Riata Center for Entrepreneurship have placed Oklahoma State University’s program on the map in recent years. OSU’s program recently received another prestigious honor when it was named one of the top 25 business schools for entrepreneurship by U.S. News and World Report.

The OSU entrepreneurship program tied for No. 22 in the 2014 rankings of the nation’s best schools to help students channel their creativity, participate in business plan competitions, earn an MBA, and launch a business.

“Earning this distinction in the U.S. News and World Report rankings is a tremendous achievement for the entrepreneurship program, and is a reflection of the quality of the School of Entrepreneurship’s faculty and curriculum,” said Larry Crosby, dean of the Spears School. “The students, faculty and staff associated with the School of Entrepreneurship should be proud of this outstanding achievement.”

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OSU students capture fourth place at
TCU’s Values and Ventures competition

Dollie Elliott
  (April 22, 2013 at 11:53 am)
OSU students Nick Cain and Flint Holbrook are congratulated by O. Homer Erekson, John V. Roach Dean of the Neeley School of Business, after capturing fourth place against students from 27 other universities from around the world during TCU’s business plan competition.

OSU students Nick Cain and Flint Holbrook are congratulated by O. Homer Erekson, John V. Roach Dean of the Neeley School of Business, after capturing fourth place against students from 27 other universities from around the world during TCU’s business plan competition.

Virtue and Veneration, a two-man team of Oklahoma State University students Nick Cain and Flint Holbrook, placed fourth against 27 other universities last weekend at the Richards Barrentine Values and Ventures™ Business Plan Competition at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.

Cain, a mechanical engineering major, and Holbrook, a biosystems engineering major, presented Virtue and Veneration, a service providing comfort to grieving United States military veterans and their families. Cain and Holbrook have been working on their new business venture for the past year in the Cowboy Idea Hatchery, a student business incubator that is part of the Riata Center of Entrepreneurship in the Spears School of Business.

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School of Entrepreneurship students, teams
win more than $27,000 at Governor’s Cup

Spears School News Staff
  (April 22, 2013 at 10:53 am)
R2R Technologies winners

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (center) recognizes the R2R Technologies team members, from left, Carlo Branca, Aravind Seshadri, Pedro Velasco and Prabhakar Pagilla, professor of engineering.

A number of Oklahoma State University students and several teams from the Stillwater campus were among the winners during the 2013 Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Competition.

The OSU students and teams won more than $27,000 in cash awards and scholarships. In addition, the R2R Technologies group of students qualified to travel to Las Vegas next month for the Tri-State Competition by placing second-place in the Graduate Division competition.

R2R is the first team since the inception of OSU’s School of Entrepreneurship to qualify for the Tri-State Competition, scheduled May 20-22 in Las Vegas where the team will have an opportunity to win an additional $25,000 to advance their venture.

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OSU’s Online Master’s in Entrepreneurship receives recognition as No. 1 in the nation

Terry Tush
  (February 8, 2013 at 9:32 am)

060216_SpearsStudents_MBA_01 2The Online Master’s in Entrepreneurship program offered by the School of Entrepreneurship in the Spears School of Business is the best in the United States, according to rankings published this week.

Oklahoma State University’s Master’s in Entrepreneurship online program is No. 1 in the nation in the rankings of the 10 Best Online MBA Entrepreneurship Programs as named by TheBestSchools.org, a website devoted to empowering students with information to assist them in selecting the best school and degree programs.

“The (Oklahoma State) online Master in Entrepreneurship program covers the nature of entrepreneurship and the entrepreneurial process. The program combines core content with a strong commitment to experimental learning. It enhances student competencies in areas such as risk management, opportunity recognition, resource leveraging, business planning, and innovation,” according to TheBestSchools.org release in describing why OSU’s program was selected No. 1.

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Three Spears School programs recognized
in Best Masters Worldwide Rankings

Spears School News Staff
  (February 4, 2013 at 12:04 pm)

eduniveralcertThree programs within Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business were recently recognized in the Eduniversal Rankings as among the best master’s programs in the world.

The Spears School’s Master of Science in Management Information Systems program was ranked No. 22, the MBA Concentration in Global Business was ranked No. 38, and the school’s Masters in Entrepreneurship program was ranked No. 89 in North America in the Top 200 Best Masters and MBA Programs Worldwide rankings for 2012.

The rankings are based on three main criteria: 1) reputation of the program; 2) salary of the first employment of the graduates, and 3) satisfaction of the students. More than 12,000 master’s programs were reviewed and 100,000 graduates participated in the Eduniversal survey. The satisfaction of the students is the most important aspect of the rankings as they evaluate the program of their study, according to a press release from Eduniversal. Continue Reading

New Center for Health Systems Innovation
to address challenges in health care industry

Spears School News Staff
  (January 25, 2013 at 2:10 pm)
CHSI opening

From left, Rubin Pillay, interim executive director of the Center for Health Systems Innovation; Burns Hargis, Oklahoma State University President; Neal Patterson, founder and CEO at Cerner Corporation; Kayse Shrum, Provost, OSU Center for Health Sciences, and Larry Crosby, Dean of the Spears School of Business, participate in Wednesday’s opening of the OSU Center for Health Systems Innovation (CHSI) at 1020 N. Boomer Road. The CHSI, a collaborative effort of the Spears School of Business and the OSU Center for Health Sciences, will focus on creating a comprehensive and coherent vision for health care problem solving.

Oklahoma State University’s new Center for Health Systems Innovation is the first in the nation dedicated to harnessing entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation to improve health and health care systemically. Health care visionaries from some of the world’s top organizations were in Stillwater last week to celebrate the opening of the Center.

The new Center for Health Systems Innovation (CHSI), a collaborative effort of the Spears School of Business and the OSU Center for Health Sciences, will focus on creating a comprehensive and coherent vision for health care problem solving through market-based solutions.

“Could there be a more important issue in America today, and certainly in our state, than health care? It is pretty clear that we cannot attempt to solve it with just money. It’s going to have to be solved with creativity and innovation, and that is precisely what this Center is all about,” said OSU President Burns Hargis.

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Former U.S. Representative J.C. Watts
to speak at 2013 VEP Gala Celebration

Terry Tush
  (December 20, 2012 at 9:31 am)
J.C. Watts

J.C. Watts

Former U.S. Representative J.C. Watts will be the featured speaker at the 2013 VEP Gala Celebration, honoring the group of military personnel participating in the Veterans Entrepreneurship Program presented each year by the Riata Center of Entrepreneurship and School of Entrepreneurship in the Spears School of Business.

The 2013 VEP Gala Celebration will be at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at Gaillardia Country Club in Oklahoma City.

“We are pleased that J.C. Watts will be addressing the 2013 graduates of the Veterans Entrepreneurship Program,” said Larry Crosby, dean of the Spears School. “His insights on inspiring the student in everyone to dream big, stretch their leadership potential, transform organizations and make a difference in the world will be beneficial as they embark on this new challenge in their lives.”

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CleanNG, company founded by OSU graduates,
recognized as a best, brightest new startup

Spears School News Staff
  (November 26, 2012 at 8:45 am)

Logo for CleanNGA company founded by three recent Oklahoma State University graduates was selected last month as one of 50 businesses to be recognized as the “GEW 50,” the best and brightest new startups around the world.

CleanNG, which began as a project in the Riata Center of Entrepreneurship’s Cowboy Idea Hatchery student incubator in the Spears School of Business, was one of 50 finalists competing for the grand prize in the 2012 Startup Open, a competition for startups with high-growth potential featured as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) 2012.

Also, CleanNG was one of the 28 finalists from the Startup Open to be featured in a story of titled “The World’s Most Promising Companies,” on the CNBC.com website in early November. Although only one startup is awarded the grand prize, and CleanNG was not selected for that honor, the company is taking advantage of its newfound notoriety.

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Wake Up & Dream project to host
advocate of ecovillages across the world

Spears School News Staff
  (October 17, 2012 at 10:30 am)

Wake Up & Dream logoDaniel Greenberg, who has spent more than 20 years visiting ecovillages across the world, will be the featured speaker during Oklahoma State University’s Wake Up & Dream project Oct. 25-26 on the Stillwater campus.

Greenberg, who develops ecovillage-based education programs that promote sustainability as the founder and executive director of Living Routes in Amherst, Mass., will be the featured speaker during a series of events during his two-day visit to Oklahoma State.

He will address “Bridging the Gap between Academia and Ecovillages: Using Ecovillages to Teach any Subject,” while on campus. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend when he speaks at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, in the Donald W. Reynolds School of Architecture Building on the Stillwater campus. Earlier that morning he is scheduled to host a workshop with faculty and doctoral students (registration is required).

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The Riata Center for Entrepreneurship
honored with NASDAQ Excellence Award

Spears School News Staff
  (October 8, 2012 at 2:38 pm)
Nola Miyasaki accepts the NASDAQ award.

Nola Miyasaki, center, accepts the NASDAQ award.

The Riata Center for Entrepreneurship in the Spears School of Business continues to receive national recognition. The Oklahoma State University entrepreneurship outreach program received one of its most prestigious honors when it was selected to receive the NASDAQ Center of Entrepreneurship Excellence Award this past weekend.

 The award has been presented annually since 2000 by NASDAQ in association with the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC). GCEC is the premier organization for university and collegiate entrepreneurship centers with close to 300 members attending it national conference each year. The NASDAQ award recognizes the unique achievements and outstanding efforts of top entrepreneurship centers across the world.

Nola Miyasaki, director of OSU’s Riata Center for Entrepreneurship, accepted the award during the GCEC annual conference this past weekend in Washington, D.C.

“It’s even more rewarding when peers across the nation select your program as the best,” said Larry Crosby, dean of the Spears School of Business, acknowledging that nominations for the award are submitted by previous recipients, and judging is done by a panel of NASDAQ winners and NASDAQ executives.

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WE Inspire Conference receives honor,
selected as Program Making a Difference

Spears School News Staff
  (September 28, 2012 at 10:36 am)

WE Inspire Conference logoThe Women Entrepreneurs Inspire Conference, presented annually by the Riata Center for Entrepreneurship in the Spears School of Business, will be recognized during the 32nd annual Journal Record Woman of the Year awards gala Oct. 4 at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.

The WE Inspire Conference will be honored during the gala as one of the Programs Making a Difference, a prestigious honor affiliated with the Woman of the Year program.

“It’s truly an honor for the Women Entrepreneurs INSPIRE Conference to be named as one of the 2012 Programs Making a Difference by the Journal Record,” said Nola Miyasaki, director of the Riata Center for Entrepreneurship.

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Spears School hosts entrepreneurship faculty
from 29 states, 17 countries and 65 universities

Spears School News Staff
  (September 26, 2012 at 10:44 am)

Logo of Experiential Classroom XIIIThere has been an explosion in entrepreneurship education across the globe. Universities have created majors, minors, concentrations, certificates and graduate degrees. A big challenge concerns the development of faculty to teach the courses and deliver the programs. To address this need, the Spears School of Business offers the Experiential Classroom, an intensive three-day program on best practices in entrepreneurship education.

Each year, 75 delegates are accepted into the program. For the 2012 program, they represented 29 states, 17 countries and 65 universities. These delegates include new faculty, seasoned educators who are retooling their curricula, and entrepreneurs entering the classroom for the first time to teach their trade. A wide variety of disciplines are represented, and this year 13 Coleman Fellows attended. These fellows are faculty from disciplines outside a business school who have received recognition from the Coleman Foundation.

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OSU School of Entrepreneurship programs
receive top ranking from Princeton Review

Spears School News Staff
  (September 24, 2012 at 9:59 am)

Spears School professors visiting with student.For the second year in a row, Oklahoma State University’s School of Entrepreneurship is one of only a handful of schools to have both its undergraduate and graduate programs recognized as being among the best in the United States, according to the Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine.

The School of Entrepreneurship in the Spears School of Business is ranked No. 14 in the graduate program rankings of the nation’s top schools, and its undergraduate program achieved a No. 22 ranking. More than 2,000 programs were reviewed in the 10th annual survey that ranks the top entrepreneurship programs in the nation.

“Being recognized for the second consecutive year is truly an honor that everyone associated with the School of Entrepreneurship and the Riata Center for Entrepreneurship should take great pride,” said Larry Crosby, dean of the Spears School of Business.

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