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Everything you need

to bring your business idea to life
The Riata Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship has all the tools and resources you need to build your idea from the ground up. Need to talk through your ideas? Meet with a genius to learn about what initiatives you need to take advantage of.

What we offer

Pitch and Poster Competition

All businesses start with a cool idea, and before committing to writing a business plan, a pitch and poster competition is the perfect way to get feedback on your business idea or product. 

Business Plan Competition

Competitors compete by writing and entering a 10-page business plan for their venture. The competition is open to OSU students from any discipline with or without business experience.

Fail Up Night

Open to the public, Fail Up Night is designed to encourage a conversation aimed at removing the negative stigma of failure. Seasoned entrepreneurs share their “failure” stories with students and encourage them to understand that failure is an opportunity to learn and grow.

Riata Startup Experience (RSX)

The Riata Startup Experience (RSX) is a two-phase program for 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. Phase one and two are each twelve weeks during the Fall and Spring semesters.


LeadHERship Spears is a purposeful yearlong leadership program for the women in Spears School of Business. Designed to complement the foundational and technical skills students learn in class, LeadHERship Spears aims to provide additional professional savvy to the women.

36 Degrees North

36ºN is a basecamp for local entrepreneurs set in a building with over 11,000 square feet in the heart of Tulsa’s Brady Arts District. It is the central gathering point for the city’s entrepreneurial community, resources, and programs.

Pre-Seed Fund

The Oklahoma State University (OSU) Riata Pre-Seed Fund provides early-stage startup capital, typically even the first external investment, to support the entrepreneurial aspirations of any currently enrolled OSU student. The Riata Pre-Seed Fund is open for applications three times per year: spring, summer and fall.

Startup Frenzy

Oklahoma State University students will learn about creating a small business from the ground up in this three–day, immersive experience. Students will pitch ideas within formed teams, and be guided by skilled mentors during this developmental process.


The Cowboy100 is a celebration to acknowledge the business and leadership achievements of Oklahoma State University graduates. The Cowboy100 highlights the contribution of entrepreneurial graduates from across the university and their positive influence on OSU, our students, and the state of Oklahoma.

Rally Point @Riata

Where social good starts! This innovative accelerator propels nonprofit and social entrepreneurs with the resources and knowledge needed to have a huge social impact!

Ideas Collider

Ideas Collider is your chance to work with diverse teams, build communication, problem-solving, and presentation skills in a fun, judgment-free environment.  It is the perfect chance to learn about the world of hackathons, without giving up an entire weekend.  And the best part is you don't need a specific skill to enter!

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