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The Oklahoma State University School for Entrepreneurship and the Riata Center for Entrepreneurship have named winners of the annual student competition to create business startups at the event finals Jan. 31. The Riata Business Plan Competition at the Spears School of Business promotes entrepreneurship and small business development by focusing on student created, managed and owned ventures.
Semi-finalists in the annual student Riata Business Plan Competition have been selected to compete Friday, Jan. 31, for $45,000 in prize money in the competition’s finals. Hosted by the Riata Center for Entrepreneurship and the School of Entrepreneurship in the Spears School of Business, the competition promotes entrepreneurship and small-business development by focusing on student created, managed and owned ventures.
Oklahoma State University student entrepreneurs Rabecca Wiseman and Brooks Robison have been named semifinalists in the ASU Innovation Open 2020 business pitch competition, which offers $300,000 in prize money to collegiate business startups. Wiseman, a master’s student in civil engineering, and Brooks, an MBA student in the Spears School of Business, continue to win top-tier business plan competitions with their technology startup, Contraire.
Rachel Brown’s approach to her education at Oklahoma State University, and life in general, can best be described as “all in.” Brown, a senior, immersed herself in the Spears School of Business and in her major, entrepreneurship. From working in the Riata School of Entrepreneurship to taking part in countless Spears’ programs to starting a business to traveling to 11 countries in four years, Brown has packed as much as possible into her university experience.
The Oklahoma State University School of Entrepreneurship marks its 10th anniversary in November by celebrating milestones including nearly 950 entrepreneurship degrees conferred and the launch of more than 200 student businesses that have raised more than $12 million in funding.
Whether you are starting a company, are an executive in an existing firm or are managing a small or family business, entrepreneurial skills are critical to identifying and evaluating the factors that will make your undertaking a success.
The Riata Center for Entrepreneurship in the Spears School of Business awarded a total of $75,000 to three teams of Oklahoma State University student entrepreneurs this summer in the first round of a new investment fund designed to invest in budding student-led businesses. Called the Riata Pre-Seed Fund, the innovative financial tool invests in student startups that have been shown to have potential as for-profit ventures.
When asked why dozens of middle school and high school girls were sitting in a classroom on the Oklahoma State University campus on a hot July morning, one voice rang out loud and clear, “to learn to be girl bosses.”