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.
“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
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
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
After months of preparation, planning and refining business plans, two student groups were selected as winners of Oklahoma State University’s inaugural Riata Reverse Pitch Challenge Nov. 15.
The competition’s semi finals were held Nov. 7 and featured five teams. Nonprofit management and entrepreneurship major Rachel Brown and entrepreneurship major Jake Swanson were selected as the winners for the City of Stillwater/Chamber of Commerce category. The group worked on ideas to improve the process of recruiting and retaining young professionals to live and work in Stillwater. Their major idea was a Payne County Career Fair.
“One reason young professionals, especially those right out of college, don’t stay in Stillwater is because they are unaware of the job opportunities within their reach,” Brown said. “As freshmen, Jake and I went into this competition with the mindset that this would just be a great learning experience. We put forth the best idea that we came up with and hoped for the best, so we are ecstatic that we won.” Continue Reading
Entrepreneurs are used to pitching their ideas to businesses, but the Reverse Pitch competition brings companies in to pitch problems to the students. The students take notes, ask questions during the companies’ presentations and then can choose to either form a group or individually create solutions.
“The purpose of the event is to help organizations in our community as well as show the students the importance of innovation within existing organizations,” said Alexces Bartley, manager of events and outreach for the Riata Center. “People tend to associate entrepreneurship with startup businesses, but you can have an entrepreneurial mindset in an existing organization.” Continue Reading
Oklahoma State University’s School of Entrepreneurship and Riata Center for Entrepreneurship were selected to receive a $100,000 Service Disabled Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Program grant awarded by the U.S. Small Business Administration.
The grant assists in providing entrepreneurial training to service-disabled veterans interested in starting or growing a small business. The 12-month grant will aid the Riata Center’s Veterans Entrepreneurship Program (VEP), which is offered completely free to veterans accepted into the program. The “boot camp” program builds on elements of OSU’s entrepreneurship curriculum and helps veterans develop business ideas to implement into their business models. Continue Reading
The Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST) has awarded a nearly $300,000 grant to Ranji Vaidyanathan, Ph.D., Varnadow professor of materials science and engineering at Oklahoma State University-Tulsa, to develop a lightweight storage tank for low-temperature pressurized fuels.
Vaidyanathan is working with Infinite Composites Technologies (ICT) on developing a “Cryogenic Composite Engineered Laminated (CryoCEL™)” tank.
“The ideal application for this project is for transporting fuels that require storage at low temperatures.” Vaidyanathan said. “The new tank will be more economical because of its lighter weight and ability to conserve fuel by preventing boil-off.”
OSU-Tulsa and ICT (formerly CleanNG) signed a facility use agreement last fall that provides the company access to the Helmerich Research Center’s Next Generation Materials Lab at OSU-Tulsa. Aside from the most recent OCAST award, Vaidyanathan and ICT have been awarded more than $500,000 in research grants from OCAST and the National Science Foundation since 2013.
“This collaborative project between Dr. Vaidyanathan and ICT will have an impact on the state and local economy,” said OSU-Tulsa President Howard Barnett. “At OSU-Tulsa, we are very proud of our research faculty and their efforts to develop and commercialize innovative engineering technology.”
Once completed, the project is expected to generate $8.8 million in additional wages to Oklahoma, Vaidyanathan said.
OSU alumni Matt Villarreal and Michael Tate founded ICT in 2010 while they were students in Stillwater.
“We’re thrilled about this new research opportunity. We’ve been getting cryogenic tank inquiries for a while and now we have the funds to develop it,” said Tate, who also is ICT’s chief operating officer. “This is fantastic timing coming off a $1.5 million investment that closed earlier this year.”
OCAST announced $7.5 million in grant awards last month for 48 Oklahoma research and development projects. The state agency was established to foster innovation in existing and developing businesses in Oklahoma.
The OSU-Tulsa Helmerich Research Center is a state-of-the-art research and education center. The 123,000-square-foot facility was created with a mission to provide research, testing, technology transfer and education to advance the region’s aerospace, energy, manufacturing, transportation, electronics and medical industries. To learn more about the HRC, visit https://www.osu-tulsa.okstate.edu/helmerich/index.php.
The Riata Center for Entrepreneurship at Oklahoma State University and the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation are partnering to bring speaker Derek Distenfield to address the importance of veteran entrepreneurship as part of the Cultivate918 initiative at 5 p.m. July 13 at the Tulsa Community College Center for Creativity in Tulsa.
Distenfield is the Executive Director of Strategy and Expansion for Bunker Labs, a 501c3 organization that assists veteran entrepreneurs with educational programming, mentors and events. As a previous Army officer and Bronze Star recipient, Distenfield will discuss the importance of fostering veteran entrepreneurship and the positive economic impacts it has on a community.
“Veteran entrepreneurship is a passion we have at the Riata Center for Entrepreneurship,” said Alexces Bartley, manager of events and outreach for the Riata Center. “Since 2009, the Riata Center at Oklahoma State University has hosted the annual Veterans with Disabilities Entrepreneurship Program, which has since expanded across the United States. Tulsa’s growing entrepreneurial community is full of possibilities and we want to make sure that our veterans are actively engaged and represented. “
Distenfield will also host an office hours session from 10:30-11:30 a.m. July 13 at the 36 Degrees North building in downtown Tulsa.
“We partnered with the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation to bring Derek to Tulsa for July’s Cultivate918 event to educate the community on the importance of veteran entrepreneurship and what it means for a community like Tulsa,” said Sarah Teague, Tulsa office manager of events and outreach for the Riata Center. “Veterans are 25 percent more likely to start a business than any other group, which is why we want to insure that these men and women have the support and access to the resources they need in order to be successful.”
Oklahoma State University’s online master’s in entrepreneurship program is being recognized as the No. 1-ranked program in the United States, according to OnlineColleges.com.
The unique methodology used to evaluate entrepreneurship programs by OnlineColleges.com is based on factors that matter to students – like graduation rates and tuition costs.
“We are delighted to see our master’s degree in entrepreneurship receive this ranking,” said Ken Eastman, dean of the Spears School of Business. “Spears Business strives to provide a high-quality, online experience for our students and this ranking reflects our commitment to our online students. Our School of Entrepreneurship does a wonderful job of engaging students and it is great to see them recognized for their efforts.” Continue Reading
Businesses apply to host an OSU student for the paid internship program for 15-20 hours per week during the fall semester. The Riata Center will match a student intern to a business host according to the business’s needs and student skill. The student interns will learn about business models and work on the business’s overarching projects with the direction of the Riata Entrepreneurial Internship Program staff. Continue Reading
The School of Entrepreneurship at Oklahoma State University has three teams in the High Growth division finals of Innovation to Enterprise’s statewide Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Competition.
The OSU finalists are: Haley Kurtz and Kevin Keith with MITO Material Solutions, coached by Richard Gajan, Thoma Family clinical assistant professor of OSU’s School of Entrepreneurship; Rhyder Robison, Eliot Bush and Santosh Padakanti with Volunteer Me, coached by David Thomison, clinical assistant professor of OSU’s School of Entrepreneurship and George Kaiser Family Foundation endowed chair, and Gabriel Bahr, Sourabh Biswas and Samyukta Koteeswaran with WoodPro, also coached by Gajan. Continue Reading
For the seventh consecutive year, the Spears School of Business will host more than 20 military veterans for an intensive, eight-day entrepreneurial boot camp later this month on the campus of Oklahoma State University.
Twenty-two military veterans from all across the United States and representing nearly every branch of the United States military will be traveling to Stillwater to participate Feb. 20-27 in this innovative program.
The Veterans Entrepreneurship Program (VEP) continues to attract national attention as it enters its seventh year in empowering American military veterans as they turn their business ideas into workable business models. The program 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.
Students at Oklahoma State University recently participated in Startup Weekend, a global grassroots movement of student entrepreneurs who learn the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. Ten teams ranging from five to 12 students were able to work alongside area business leaders at the Kicker World Headquarters in Stillwater.
The program, hosted by the Riata Center for Entrepreneurship in the Spears School of Business, is a startup education program designed for university students with an emphasis on learning by doing.
“We want to provide opportunities for students to implement what they are learning in classes in a creative and innovative manner. Programs like Startup Weekend are meant to do just that while also bringing together students from all disciplines to work side by side and learn from one another,” said Alex Bartley, Events and Outreach Manager in the Riata Center. Continue Reading
Oklahoma State University’s School of Entrepreneurship is being recognized as one of the top schools in the nation for the fourth time since 2012, in rankings published by The Princeton Review and featured in Entrepreneur magazine.
The School of Entrepreneurship is ranked 23rd on the list of the Top 25 Graduate Schools for Entrepreneurship Studies for 2016, placing OSU at number 11 for public universities. The rankings are based on surveys sent to more than 2,000 schools from May to August 2015.
“We are very proud of the work of the faculty and staff of the School of Entrepreneurship whose hard work has resulted in the Princeton Review ranking,” said Ken Eastman, dean of the Spears School of Business. “The Spears School has an outstanding graduate program in entrepreneurship and it is gratifying to see this quality being recognized by others. Students looking for a great experience in entrepreneurship will find what they are looking for in our entrepreneurship program.”
Entrepreneurship students at Oklahoma State University recently had the opportunity to pitch their business ideas to local business leaders, gain visibly and win cash prizes at the third annual Big Idea Pitch & Poster Competition.
Hosted by the Riata Center for Entrepreneurship in the Spears School of Business the competition allows students to pitch their ideas or products while receiving feedback from local professionals.
“The Riata Center is always looking for new ways to expose our students to opportunities that will aid them in their entrepreneurial endeavors. The Big Idea Pitch & Poster Competition offers a unique experience to get OSU’s inspiring entrepreneurs in front of established professionals. We believe that this event is a great stepping stone for future entrepreneurs,” said Misty Stutsman, manager, Events and Outreach in the School of Entrepreneurship. Continue Reading
Two Spears School of Business students are among five from Oklahoma State University to have recently been named University Innovation Fellows by the National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (Epicenter).
Spears School students Kevin Christensen (majoring in entrepreneurship with a minor in marketing) and Luke Janc (marketing) join three others from OSU – current undergraduate Audrey Tompkins (majoring in fire protection and safety engineering technology), doctoral student Salah Hamm (mechanical engineering), and graduate Nathanial Evans (bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and minor in business) – to be recognized.
Only 150 people representing 52 universities across the United States were selected as University Innovation Fellows.
The Entrepreneurs Inspire Bootcamp features lectures and discussions from award-winning faculty in the OSU Spears School of Business, as well as several successful entrepreneurs and local experts. Classes will be held at the Autry Tech campus in Enid for four consecutive Tuesdays on Sept. 8, 15, 22 and 29 from 6-8:30 p.m. Autry Tech’s Small Business Development center will provide further coaching with an additional class.
“The Enid Entrepreneurs Inspire Bootcamp is one of our favorite off-campus outreach programs as it allows our faculty and students to connect with a rural community that otherwise we would not have the chance to work with,” said Misty Stutsman, manager of events and outreach for the Riata Center.
A student group from Oklahoma State University was recently awarded a $5,000 grant from VentureWell to take their entrepreneurial idea to the market. The $5,000 will be used to attend a three-day workshop on how to better articulate the opportunity for innovation in the marketplace as part of the VentureWell E-Team Program.
The project for Materialsient, the name of the OSU group, will develop innovative low-cost methods to improve the impact properties of advanced composites used in the aerospace and automotive industries.
Four OSU graduate students founded Materialsient to enter the competition as part of a new course, Applied Innovation and the Commercialization of New Technologies, taught in the Spears School of Business and the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology. The course is taught by Ranji Vaidyanathan, a Riata Fellow and Varnadow Professor of Materials Science and Engineering; Craig Watters, Norman C. Stevenson Chair in the School of Entrepreneurship, and Steve Griggs, adjunct professor in the School of Entrepreneurship. The course is cross-listed in the Spears School and the College of Engineering.
The online master’s business degree at Oklahoma State University is one of the best programs in the United States offering benefits for veterans, according to U.S. News & World Report.
OSU’s online masters degree in business is tied for No. 39 in the 2015 rankings.
“OSU has had a long history of working with the military in general and serving the veterans,” said Ramesh Sharda, vice dean of the Watson Graduate School of Management. “Our School of Entrepreneurship has a special program focused on helping veterans start a business. We also offer special tuition rates for military personnel enrolled in our master’s and graduate certificate programs. So I am really pleased that we are also recognized through such rankings.”
Plasma Bionics, a business formed by students in the Student Startup Central at Oklahoma State University, was recognized as one of the top teams at the Baylor Entrepreneurship New Venture Competition on Feb. 27-28.
Plasma Bionics received $7,500 by placing third out of the 85 teams participating in the business plan competition. Kedar Pai, a doctoral student in mechanical engineering; Chris Timmons, a doctoral student in plant pathology, and Rohita Mal, a former master’s student in MSIS, made the trip from Stillwater to Waco, Texas for the competition sponsored by the Hankamer School of Business at Baylor University. Two other members of the team, Anuashka Sharma and Prateek Khare, were unable to make the trip.
“It feels great to have participated and placed third in a nationally reputed business plan competition, especially among some very competitive companies with attractive business ideas,” Pai said. “Winning this award doesn’t just give us a monetary benefit but also additional in-kind services like legal assistance and web resources which are very helpful to a new startup such as ours.
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The Spears School of Business will host 31 military veterans for an intensive, eight-day entrepreneurial boot camp Feb. 7-14 on the campus of Oklahoma State University.
The Veterans Entrepreneurship Program (VEP) continues to attract national attention as it enters its sixth year in empowering American military veterans as they turn their business ideas into workable business models. The program 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.
“As a land-grant university, we are called to serve veterans,” said Misty Stutsman, manager of events and outreach for the OSU School of Entrepreneurship. “The Riata Center for Entrepreneurship takes a lot of pride in VEP because there is no better way to thank them for what they have done than to teach them about the significance of being entrepreneurs.
“We believe in teaching them practical skills to become self-sufficient and in turn, helping other fellow veterans. An important part of the program is the network of veterans that we’ve built, all who have similar passions and goals that can support each other from a personal and a business resource standpoint.”
Veterans Entrepreneurship Program alum, former Marine Capt. Jonathan McConnell launched his private maritime security company covers 35 ports worldwide.
Kendall Gibson has spent the last year dreaming of running her own business that will aid online animal adoption but the 23-year-old Oklahoma State University business student had no idea where to start when it comes to launching a web or app-based business. Gibson and 57 other OSU students will receive the expertise they need to kick start new student-run companies thanks to the Riata Center for Entrepreneurship’s new 3 Day Startup program.
The Riata Center’s 3 Day Startup program will be Nov. 21-23 at Kicker World Headquarters in Stillwater. The three-day program is an entrepreneurship education program designed for university students with an emphasis on learning by doing. The idea is simple: start tech companies over the course of three days.
“I signed up for 3DS to gain more hands on experience and network with other students that are interested in starting their own business” Gibson said. “I’m excited to work with students from across campus. Plus, we get food and energy drinks all weekend. Who would want to turn that down?”
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Billy Goat Ice Cream is the creation of RaShaun Robinson and Caleb Neil, Master’s in Entrepreneurship students at Oklahoma State University.
“Caleb and I decided to pursue Billy Goat Ice Cream as a result of winning the Riata Center’s Big Idea Pitch and Poster competition last year,” said Robinson. “Caleb and I both met in the MSE program and dissected the idea I developed as an undergrad into what we have today. Since then we have been working toward getting into production to service many different grocery store outlets around the state.”
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.
“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.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Oklahoma 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.