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Our mission

Supporting the student entrepreneur
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.

Learning by doing

Opportunities for experiential learning
OSU students interested in the venture creation process can gain hands-on experiences through the Riata Center’s experiential learning opportunities led by a variety of industry experts, successful entrepreneurs, faculty and staff.

Riata Business Plan Competition

Registration is now open!
Open to all OSU students, this is a great way to gain experience pitching your business as well as gaining valuable feedback from industry experts. Apply by Nov. 8 and submit your business plan by Nov. 19.

The Allen Family

Genius Bar
Located on the first floor of the Spears School of Business, the Genius Bar is housed in the Riata Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Designed for ALL OSU students to gain FREE knowledge from OSU faculty, seasoned entrepreneurs and diversified industry experts. Genius' are on site Tuesday-Thursday most weeks. Appointments can be made but are not required.
Oct. 18: Pinot's Palette (Lisa Riley)
Nov. 8: Write on Fundraising (Jonathan Weber-Mendez)
Nov. 15: Thermal Specialties (Mitch Myers)

It all starts with an idea...

Riata Pitch and Poster
Friday, Oct. 20 - Student Union Starlight Terrace
Before committing to writing a business plan, a pitch and poster competition is the perfect way to get feedback on your new business idea or product. Student contestants create posters and quick pitches to present to judges who award scholarship money to the overall competition winner and the top three finishers in each track. A people’s choice honoree is also selected to recognize an audience favorite.

For those who served

The Veterans Entrepreneurship Program
The national program offers cutting edge, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management to members of the U.S. armed forces who are disabled as a result of their service. Veterans develop competencies associated with creating and sustaining a business while learning to coordinate with services for veterans and others with disabilities. The Veterans Entrepreneurial Program is free to participants thanks to generous supporters.



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