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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.”

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OSU’s Center for Health Systems Innovations
receives $500,000 to expand ROK-Net program

Spears School News Staff
  (April 24, 2017 at 12:56 pm)

ROK-Net logoOklahoma State University’s Center for Health Systems Innovation (CHSI) was awarded $500,000 from The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation to expand the Rural Oklahoma Network (ROK-Net). The program joins nearly 200 research networks in efforts to improve health care across the nation.

CHSI is a joint partnership between the OSU Spears School of Business and the OSU Center for Health Sciences.

“We are honored to receive support from the trustees of The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation,” said William Paiva, director of CHSI. “They share our vision for a healthier rural Oklahoma, one that can be achieved through tight connections to the needs of rural health care.”

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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

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

Certificate Series for Emerging Leaders
in Manufacturing Hosted by OSU

Alyssa Wahrman
  (April 19, 2017 at 11:10 am)

The 2017 Certificate for Emerging Leaders in Manufacturing, hosted by the Oklahoma State University Spears School of Business, will take place at the OSU-Tulsa campus between June and October.

This multi-day certificate program will consist of 10 sessions and will help emerging leaders reflect on the leadership styles that work best for them and their employees. The program includes individual leadership, organizational and team development sessions. Continue Reading

SAS Analytics Day brings in national
and regional experts to Oklahoma State

Alyssa Wahrman
  (April 19, 2017 at 9:19 am)

SAS Analytics DayThe seventh annual SAS Analytics Day will be May 5 in the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center at Oklahoma State University. Registration and continental breakfast will begin at 8 a.m., and the conference will conclude at 3:30 p.m.

SAS Analytics Day will bring in national and regional speakers to share their expertise and knowledge with the Oklahoma business and analytics community. The primary goal of this conference is to link OSU’s master’s in business analytics’ students with members of the local and regional business community to help students grow their professional network.

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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

11th annual OSU Energy Conference in Tulsa
will feature some of nation’s top experts

Alyssa Wahrman
  (April 18, 2017 at 8:03 am)

OSU Energy ConferenceThe 11th annual Oklahoma State University Energy Conference in Tulsa will feature the nation’s top experts in the energy industry discussing issues making today’s headlines.

The conference is from 8:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. May 10 at the Renaissance Hotel. Registration and a continental breakfast will begin at 8 a.m.

This conference is hosted by the OSU Department of Finance and the Center for Executive and Professional Development in the Spears School of Business in association with the Natural Gas and Energy Association of Oklahoma.

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Top experts will be speaking at
11th annual OSU Energy Conference in OKC

Alyssa Wahrman
  (April 18, 2017 at 7:58 am)

OSU Energy ConferenceThe 11th annual Oklahoma State University Energy Conference in Tulsa will feature the nation’s top experts in the energy industry discussing issues making today’s headlines.

The conference is from 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 11 at the Cox Convention Center. This conference is hosted by the OSU Department of Finance and the Center for Executive and Professional Development in the Spears School of Business in association with the Natural Gas and Energy Association of Oklahoma.

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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

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 Cyber Security Conference features
experts from across the United States

Alyssa Wahrman
  (March 6, 2017 at 9:10 am)

OSU Cyber Security ConferenceCyber security is one of the hottest topics in corporate America today, and the second annual Oklahoma State University Cyber Security Conference will feature cyber security experts from across the country.

The conference is from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. April 28 at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City. 

With an increase in the risk and sophistication of cyber attacks, there is a growing need for businesses to adapt strategies to protect business and personal information. In this conference, experts will help participants understand risks that their organizations face, define the nature and motive of different threats, and develop cyber security strategies.

“This conference is perfect for companies who are interested in the latest in corporate cyber security threats and the novel strategies used in their prevention,” Rick Wilson, head of the OSU Department of Management Science and Information Systems, said. “This annual conference reflects the outreach portion of the MSIS department’s long standing commitment and our 10-plus years in being an NSA Center of Academic Excellence to cybersecurity education as also evidenced by our top notch undergraduate and graduate programs in Information Assurance and Security.”

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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

Health care expert Kyu Rhee featured speaker
at OSU Executive Management Briefings

Alyssa Wahrman
  (March 1, 2017 at 10:12 am)
Kyu Rhee

Kyu Rhee

Nationally known health care expert Kyu Rhee will be the featured speaker for the final presentation in the 2016-17 Executive Management Briefings series, presented by Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business, along with corporate sponsors.

Rhee will give his luncheon briefing, “Health Transformation in the Cognitive Era,” from 12-1:30 p.m. March 29 at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City.

Rhee was previously the chief public health officer at the Health Resources and Services Administration. He is currently the chief health officer at IBM with global responsibilities for Watson Health. He received his medical degree from the University of Southern California and his master’s degree in public policy from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

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Nationally known health care expert Kyu Rhee
featured speaker at Tulsa Business Forums

Alyssa Wahrman
  (March 1, 2017 at 10:10 am)
Kyu Rhee

Kyu Rhee

Nationally known health care expert Kyu Rhee will be the featured speaker for the final presentation in the 2016-17 Tulsa Business Forums, presented by Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business, along with corporate sponsors.

Rhee’s luncheon topic is “Health Transformation in the Cognitive Era,” from 12-1:30 p.m. March 28 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Tulsa.

Rhee was previously the chief public health officer at the Health Resources and Services Administration. He is currently the chief health officer at IBM with global responsibilities for Watson Health. He received his medical degree from the University of Southern California and his master’s degree in public policy from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

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OSU Professional Development Programs
to benefit Ponca City business community

Alyssa Wahrman
  (February 27, 2017 at 2:45 pm)

OSU Professional Development ProgramsThe three-part Professional Development Ponca City Programs offered by the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University will take place on April 5, May 24 and June 21 at the University Center at Ponca City.

These seminars will help participants strengthen their business profile while developing new skills. The instructors, Spears School of Business faculty, will provide up-to-date, relevant and practical information that can be easily applied in the workplace. This program is designed for managers, leaders and front-line employees from organizations at all stages and with various backgrounds.

“The OSU faculty are bringing a wealth of expertise and practical information to the Ponca City business community with these professional development seminars,” said Adam Leaming, chief executive officer at the University Center at Ponca City. “These programs will help business managers and leaders build on their leadership skills and learn new techniques they can apply the next day.”

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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

Certificate of Effective Management and
Leadership available for business leaders

Alyssa Wahrman
  (February 20, 2017 at 11:00 am)

Certificate of Effective Management and Leadership Learning how to build and work with teams, communicating with individuals inside and outside the organization, and resolving conflicts in the workplace are benefits of attending the Certificate of Effective Management and Leadership series sponsored by Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business.

The series will consist of 10 sessions between March and November at the Oklahoma State University – Oklahoma City campus.

This series is designed for individuals in a front-line manager position or individual leaders that are in a management position. “These seminars will teach participants the skills they need to manage projects while making agile decisions on behalf of their teams and organizations,” Sarah Williams, program coordinator, said.

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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

OSU MSIS doctoral student wins third place
at international INFORMS competition

Ariel West
  (February 13, 2017 at 2:29 pm)

Pankush Kalgotra

Out of thousands of international participants, Oklahoma State University Management Science and Information Systems doctoral student Pankush Kalgotra’s research impressed the judges at the annual INFORMS poster presentation in Nashville, Tenn.

The three-round poster competition involves a series of reviews and evaluations by experts in the field. Out of 25 finalists per day, the judges select three winners over the course of two days. Kalgotra was selected as the third-place winner for one of the competition days.

“Our poster analyzed the network of diseases,” Kalgotra said. “We created a comorbidity network and examined how this network impacts a patient’s length of hospital stay. For example, if a patient develops a disease that highly relates to other diseases, the patient is likely to get other diseases as well over time. This can impact his/her length of stay. Our model can be directly implemented in to hospitals today because our model beats the existing models.” Continue Reading

OSU to host Predictive Medicine and
Health Analytics Conference in Oklahoma City

Alyssa Wahrman
  (February 9, 2017 at 9:22 am)

Predictive Medicine and Health Analytics ConferenceThe Predictive Medicine and Health Analytics Conference will be from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. March 29 at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City.

The conference is sponsored by the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Systems Innovation, the Spears School of Business and the Center for Health Sciences and designed for health systems administrators, project leaders in health care/providers, administrators in charge of quality outcome measures, health care financial analysts, clinical quality officials and directors, payers, insurance providers, and medical directors.

“This conference brings together some of the leading experts in healthcare and analytics from across the nation to Oklahoma,” said William Paiva, executive director of the Center for Health Systems Innovation. “They will provide real-world examples of how to use predictive and population health analytics to improve clinical outcomes, increase care delivery efficiency, and manage costs more effectively.”

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OSU to host Predictive Medicine and
Health Analytics Conference in Tulsa

Alyssa Wahrman
  (February 8, 2017 at 3:10 pm)

Predictive Medicine and Health Analytics ConferenceThe Predictive Medicine and Health Analytics Conference will be from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. March 28 at the Hyatt Regency Downtown Tulsa.

The conference is sponsored by the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Systems Innovation, the Spears School of Business and the Center for Health Sciences and is designed for health systems administrators, project leaders in health care/providers, administrators in charge of quality outcome measures, health care financial analysts, clinical quality officials and directors, payers, insurance providers and medical directors.

“This conference brings together some of the leading experts in health care and analytics from across the nation to Oklahoma,” said William Paiva, executive director of the Center for Health Systems Innovation. “They will provide real-world examples of how to use predictive and population health analytics to improve clinical outcomes, increase care delivery efficiency, and manage costs more effectively.”

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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 Leadership Development Certificate
Series coming to Oklahoma City

Alyssa Wahrman
  (January 31, 2017 at 4:28 pm)

The 2017 Oklahoma State University Leadership Development Certificate Series includes five seminars presented by faculty from Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business.

Seminars will take place Feb. 22, May 23, Aug. 29 and Nov. 28 at Chesapeake Energy Corporation in Oklahoma City. This is the third year the Spears School has partnered with Chesapeake Energy to offer seminars in the Oklahoma City area. These seminars are designed to prepare, motivate, and build business leaders.

“We are excited to offer this new certificate series once again at Chesapeake Energy,” Courtney Garrison, program manager at the OSU Center for Executive and Professional Development, said. “These seminars are open to the public, and we appreciate the great partnership we have with Chesapeake in offering topics pertinent to the business community at their facilities.”

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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

‘Leadership the Amazon Way’ is next topic
of OSU’s 2016-17 Tulsa Business Forums

Alyssa Wahrman
  (January 4, 2017 at 8:41 am)

John Rossman, author of “The Amazon Way” and former director of enterprise services at Amazon.com, will be the featured speaker as part of the 2016-17 Tulsa Business Forums Feb. 15.

Rossman’s luncheon presentation, “Leadership the Amazon Way,” is scheduled from 12-1:30 p.m. at the Renaissance Hotel in Tulsa as part of the Tulsa Business Forums, presented annually by Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business along with corporate sponsors. In addition, the Big Data Analytics Conference is also Feb. 15 at the Renaissance Hotel from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and includes the option to attend Rossman’s luncheon presentation. Continue Reading