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Our mission

Supporting the student entrepreneur
The Riata Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is your go-to hub for innovation and entrepreneurship at OSU! Dive into our cutting-edge programs and explore a wealth of resources designed to elevate and inspire the next generation of innovators and trailblazers. 

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.

Startup Frenzy

Just like it sounds!
Startup Frenzy is an exciting, three-day event designed for OSU students who are eager to dive into the world of venture creation. This immersive experience provides a unique opportunity to pitch ideas, form teams, and receive guidance from skilled mentors, all within 3 days!

Riata Pitch and Poster

This pitch and poster competition is a fantastic way to test the waters with your business idea, gather essential feedback, and take the first step towards potentially launching your own venture. Join the competition and let your entrepreneurial journey begin!

Entrepreneurial Bites

Open to all OSU students, faculty & staff!
Dive into the world of innovation and venture creation through compelling discussions led by industry experts, startup founders and thought leaders.
Fuel your mind and satisfy your curiosity as we serve up an array of knowledge and inspiration (and lunch)!

Have an idea you'd like to pursue?

The Riata Startup Experience
The Riata Startup Experience (RSX) is a two-phase program for ALL OSU students, faculty and staff entrepreneurs interested in pursuing a business concept or growing a pre-existing venture. Each phase is designed to develop a business via learning opportunities, one-on-one coaching and university and nationwide competitions.

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 Monday and Wednesday. Appointments can be made but are not required.

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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