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The catalyst and hub

for student entrepreneurial activity.

Our program benefits students regardless of whether they start a business or pursue a traditional career. Through coursework and extracurricular activities, students learn how to recognize and vet opportunities, think creatively, take responsible risks, pitch an original idea, respond to questions by thinking on their feet and be resilient. These qualities can help a student launch a successful business or contribute to a traditional employer in a unique way.

Student resources

Riata Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The Riata Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship exists as the entrepreneurial catalyst for OSU students, faculty and staff, alumni, and the State of Oklahoma. We offer state-of-the-art experiential programs and valuable resources to help elevate and inspire future generations of thinkers and doers. 

CIE Scholars

The Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) Scholars program is a distinguished initiative developed to recognize and engage the top graduate students at OSU. The core values the program is built on are excellence, innovativeness, creativity, responsibility for change, engagement in one’s surroundings, personal integrity and strong moral character.

Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

The School of Entrepreneurship and the Riata Center operate within a broader ecosystem that provides support to business startups and technology commercialization efforts on campus. This ecosystem is vibrant and continues to grow, including the OSU NSF I-Corps partnership.


The School of Entrepreneurship awards several scholarships each year and has made a long-term commitment to providing our students with the best resources for an affordable education. Also, all Spears Business students have the opportunity to apply for aid, and the same application is used to apply for most of these endowed or yearly scholarships.

The E-Club

The Entrepreneurship Club (E-Club) of OSU is a student organization connecting the dots between ambitious students and the resources needed to help them to materialize their entrepreneurial goals. We are dedicated to fostering the spirit of entrepreneurship on our campus creating innovative opportunities for students to connect with entrepreneurs in the entrepreneurial community.

Department initiatives


School of Entrepreneurship faculty are prolific scholars. The academic articles they publish advance understanding of the entrepreneurial mindset and the new venture creation process. Our faculty also author textbooks, practitioner-oriented publications, and thought pieces.

Faculty research


Community outreach is a strength of the School of Entrepreneurship with our faculty serving business, government and non-profit organizations by participating in numerous programs.


Alumni engagement

With the support of our engaged alumni, the School of Entrepreneurship continues to prepare its students to make a difference in the world.

Amy and Malone Mitchell Advisory Board



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