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Take a step to start your business

The Greiner Summer Business Accelerator is an 8-week program designed for selected participants to work on their businesses under the close supervision of Riata Center staff, School of Entrepreneurship faculty, and external mentors. The goal of the program is to drive new venture startup process for students while increasing their chance of success. Three to five students/teams will be selected each summer to focus their time on building their companies.

What's included?

  • $4,000 scholarships per individual/team evenly disbursed twice over the course of the 8-week summer program. Once at the end of June and the other at the end of July. (scholarship awards will be reduced for individuals/teams who fail to meet program requirements)
  • One-on-one mentorship from assigned faculty mentor, experienced entrepreneurs, and industry experts.
  • Weekly required workshops focused on topics specific to startups to support, validate, and drive your idea to success. Workshop topics include funding opportunities, legal advice, how to build a board, etc.
  • Co-working and private office space in the Riata Center for Entrepreneurship or 36 Degrees North.
  • Engagement with fellow student entrepreneurs


  • Current OSU student with a 3.0 GPA or higher.
  • Your team is committed to the idea and available to work full-time (40+hrs/week) in the Riata Center or 36 Degrees North and plans to continue work after the eight-week accelerator has concluded. (weekly hours are flexible depending on deliverables)
  • At least one team member attends mandatory workshop sessions (1x/week), but all team members are encouraged to attend. 
  • Have completed Phase One and Two of the Riata Startup Experience Program or completed the CIE Scholars course with support from the course professor.
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