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CEO of Generation Citizens visits OSU, Spears Business

Spears School News Staff
  (November 15, 2017 at 8:32 am)
Scott Warren

Scott Warren, chief executive officer of Generation Citizen, visits with OSU students and faculty.

Scott Warren with Generation Citizen recently visited the Spears School of Business to discuss the possibility of collaborative efforts to empower young people across the United States to become engaged and effective citizens.

Warren, chief executive officer of Generation Citizen, met with students, faculty and staff in Spears Business, including the Department of Management and the Riata Center for Entrepreneurship. His passion for the importance of youth political engagement stems from his experience growing up abroad.

Warren co-founded the organization at Brown University with fellow student Anna Nina during their senior year. He has worked the last seven years to build GC’s programming and expand civics engagement throughout the U.S. The group works to ensure that every student in the nation receives an effective civics education, which provides them with the knowledge and skills necessary to participate in the democracy as active citizens.

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Heriot Watt professor visits OSU, Spears Business

Spears School News Staff
  (November 10, 2017 at 10:44 am)
Babak Taheri visits OSU

Jose Sagarnaga, director of the Center for Advanced Global Leadership and Engagement (CAGLE), visits with Babak Taheri and Jeff Simpson, director of the OSU Study Abroad Office.

Babak Taheri from Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland recently met with Spears School of Business administration and faculty to discuss increasing the collaboration between the two institutions.

Spears Business currently has three exchange students from Heriot Watt and usually sends a couple students per year to the school’s campus in Edinburgh, where OSU students get to experience of living in an amazing city.

Babak also had a meeting with Mike Schuster, assistant professor of legal studies in Spears Business, to discuss potential visits to their campus in Scotland during the Study Abroad program from the CAGLE Department. Babak also met with Marlys Mason, Kevin Voss and Jose Sagarnaga to discuss research collaboration and reciprocal exchange student support with the intention to further the existing relationship between the two universities.

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Oklahoma State University, University of Nevada, Reno
to offer Certificate in Gaming Leadership

Hannah Barron
  (November 3, 2017 at 8:15 am)

Certificate in Gaming LeadershipThe Spears School of Business is offering a Certificate in Gaming Leadership at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa from Jan. 22-25, 2018.

Faculty from Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business and the University of Nevada, Reno will provide participants with unique educational experience in leadership and gaming management. A Certificate in Gaming Leadership will be awarded following completion of the 27.75 hours of instruction. These sessions can also be counted toward the Certificate in Gaming Management offered by the University of Nevada, Reno.

“We are excited to host this inaugural program at our flagship property, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa,” said Mark Fulton, chief operating officer of Cherokee Nation Entertainment. “This professional education opportunity is important in developing effective management teams that have both the technical and leadership capabilities to sustain continued growth in the industry. It strengthens the gaming management community and provides gaming leaders with the additional knowledge and skills for further growth and success.”

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Oklahoma Economic Outlook Conference
to discuss future Amazon production center

Hannah Barron
  (October 30, 2017 at 8:50 am)

The impact Amazon’s new sorting center in Oklahoma City will have on the state will be one of the topics addressed during the 2018 Oklahoma Economic Outlook Conference on Dec. 6 from 8:30 a.m.-noon at the Metro Technology Centers at the Springlake Campus in Oklahoma City.

The conference is hosted annually by the Oklahoma State University Center for Applied Economic Research in the Spears School of Business.

Experts from the Oklahoma Department of Commerce will be speaking on the future of the Amazon production center and how it will affect the economic dynamic for Oklahoma and its importance to the state. In addition, participants will have the opportunity for a question-and-answer session after each presenter.

Dan Rickman

Dan Rickman

“We are excited to be able to host such an informative conference here in Oklahoma City,” OSU professor of economics Dan Rickman said. “It is crucial that participants understand where Oklahoma’s economy stands at a national level in order for us to grow and prosper as a state.”

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OSU School of Accounting presents annual Accounting Conferences in Tulsa

Hannah Barron
  (October 4, 2017 at 9:53 am)

The School of Accounting at Oklahoma State University will be hosting the 13th Annual Oil and Gas Accounting Conference and the 17th Annual Accounting and Financial Reporting Conference on Nov. 16-17 in Tulsa.

“The School of Accounting is thrilled to bring these industry experts to Oklahoma and the accounting and business community,” said George Krull, interim head of the School of Accounting. “These conferences provide an excellent opportunity for participants to learn and network with other professionals who are facing the same issues.”

This conference is for all professionals involved in accounting and financial reporting. Attendees will earn five CPE credits by attending the 13th Annual Oil and Gas Accounting Conference and eight CPE credits including two hours of ethics by attending the 17th Annual Accounting and Financial Reporting Conference.

“I’m excited by all of the excellent information that these national industry experts will be bringing to the conference,” said Dan Gillam, Oil and Gas Accounting Conference chair and moderator. “Conference attendees will learn technical and invaluable information on pertinent issues related to the current conditions of the industry.” Continue Reading

accelerateOSU Pitch and Poster
Competition announces Top 3 winners

Ariel West
  (October 3, 2017 at 3:18 pm)

Teams prepared a five minute pitch along with a poster to present to a panel of judges at the inaugural Pitch and Poster Competition.

Oklahoma State University student groups of hipsters, hackers and hustlers rehearsed their pitches and refined their business ideas to compete in the inaugural Pitch and Poster Competition hosted by accelerateOSU.

The competition divided student groups in to three tracks: Hipsters (STEM or high-tech products), Hackers (application or web-based solutions), and Hustlers (physical products or retail). Each team was required to create a poster and present their pitch to the judges.

“I am so glad we brought the Pitch and Poster Competition back to OSU,” said Haley Keith, coordinator for accelerateOSU. “It was accelerateOSU’s first time hosting it and we wanted to make sure that the high-energy entrepreneurial buzz was felt throughout the competition. The students came up with some pretty amazing ideas that rounded out the three tracks, Hipster, Hacker, and Hustler. It was such a joy to see the students come together to share their ideas and prepare to pitch. We look forward to watching them grow and compete again this spring in the Business Plan Competition.”

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New OSU downtown entrepreneurial building
unveiled with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Ariel West
  (September 29, 2017 at 9:16 am)

The Riata Center – Downtown will serve not only OSU students, but also the Stillwater community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A new venture has opened in downtown Stillwater that will join Oklahoma State University students and the Stillwater community for entrepreneurial success.

On Sept. 19, OSU’s School of Entrepreneurship and the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Riata Center for Entrepreneurship – Downtown Stillwater, 619 S. Main St. Speakers included OSU President Burns Hargis, Spears School of Business Dean Ken Eastman, Stillwater Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Justin Minges, and School of Entrepreneurship department head Bruce Barringer.

“Whether they realized it or not, everyone who attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony was supporting entrepreneurs and small business owners in the Stillwater community,” said Alexces Bartley, manager of the Riata Center. “We chose to launch the Riata Center – Downtown Stillwater location to increase our ability to educate and assist members of Stillwater’s growing entrepreneurial community. We want to engage the community and assist in developing a nurturing environment for entrepreneurs and small business owners that will be a hub for networking and educational resources.” Continue Reading

OSU speaker series announced for Tulsa, OKC

Hannah Barron
  (August 2, 2017 at 11:19 am)
Chris Wallace

Chris Wallace

Chris Wallace, Tim DuBois, George Blankenship and Moira Forbes will be the featured speakers for the 2017-18 Tulsa Business Forums and Oklahoma City’s Executive Management Briefing speaker series, presented annually by Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business along with corporate sponsors.

These programs bring in distinguished business leaders, authors and policymakers to speak to the Tulsa and Oklahoma City business communities. Both the Tulsa Business Forums and Executive Management Briefings are coordinated by the Center for Executive and Professional Development at OSU.

“Along with our corporate sponsors, we are very excited to bring business and government leaders to both cities each year,” said Ken Eastman, dean of the OSU Spears School of Business. “We are fortunate to have a distinguished group of individuals who will discuss the emerging news and issues with the Oklahoma business community.”

Tim DuBois

Tim DuBois

The schedule for the 2017-2018 speaker series is as follows:

Tulsa Business Forums

Nov. 1, 2017 – Chris Wallace, award-winning journalist and host of Fox News Sunday, 10-11:30 a.m., Mabee Center.

Feb. 7, 2018 – Tim DuBois, president of Tim Dubois Music, award-winning, Grammy nominated songwriter, producer and music executive, 12-1:30 p.m., Downtown DoubleTree Hotel.

April 17, 2018 – Moira Forbes, president and publisher of ForbesWoman, 12-1:30 p.m., Renaissance Tulsa Hotel and Convention Center.

Executive Management Briefings in Oklahoma City

Moira Forbes

Moira Forbes

Nov. 1, 2017 – Chris Wallace, award-winning journalist and host of Fox News Sunday, 4-5:30 p.m., National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.

March 8, 2018 – George Blankenship, former executive at Tesla Motors, Apple Computer and GAP Inc., 8-9:45 a.m., National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.

April 18, 2018 – Moira Forbes, president and publisher of ForbesWoman, 12-1:30 p.m., National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.

George Blankenship

George Blankenship

Registration is $200 a person for the series or $2,750 for a table sponsorship for the series. Full sponsorships include special events with the speaker among many other benefits.

For more information about the Tulsa Business Forums, or to learn how you can participate as a sponsor, contact Mandy McKinney at mandy.mckinney@okstate.edu or call 918-594-8244 or 405-744-5208.

For more information about the Executive Management Briefings, or to learn how you can participate as a sponsor, contact Kelle Scott at kelle.scott@okstate.edu  or call 281-755-3773 or 405-744-5208.

OSU entrepreneurship student selected
to Enactus USA Student Advisory Committee

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

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

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

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

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

Communication Certificate Series
for Managers coming to Tulsa

Hannah Barron
  (July 13, 2017 at 2:34 pm)

Communication Certificate SeriesThe Communication Certificate Series for Managers, presented by the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University, is scheduled from October to December in Tulsa, Okla. Participants who attend all six sessions will earn a business communications certificate.

Managers will sharpen their business management communication skills through interactive exercises and case studies during seminars. This series helps participants achieve success by learning to deliver clear, persuasive, and concise messages and enhance their communication skills.

The Communication Certificate Series for Managers is a six-part series.

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OSU offering Innovation Series for Business

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Eight OSU student teams make finals for
Entrepreneurship Business Plan Competition

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

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

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

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

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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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