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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 start taking advantage of initiatives.


Riata Pitch and Poster

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. 

Riata Business Plan

Competitors compete by preparing a 2-5 page Executive Summary and a live in-person presentation of their venture. The competition is open to OSU students from any discipline, with or without business experience.

Experiential Learning

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!

Startup Frenzy

OSU 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 skilled mentors will guide students during this developmental process.

Outreach Initiatives

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.


The Cowboy100 is a celebration to acknowledge the business and leadership achievements of OSU 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.

LeadHERship Spears

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. Those who participate in the program will get leadership competencies, hands-on business experiences, personal development and make relationships with a cohort of aspiring future female leaders. 

Veterans Entrepreneurship Program (VEP)

The National Veterans Entrepreneurship Program (VEP) provides a rigorous entrepreneurial learning and development opportunity for disabled veterans and those who distinguished themselves in their military careers.

Speaking Engagements

The Buzz on Business

The Riata Center shares stories from entrepreneurs all over the world along with students and faculty on campus. Catch Riata hosting the Buzz on Business!

Entrepreneurial Bites

Offered once a month during the spring semester, students will hear first-hand how entrepreneurs across various industries navigated their way to success. 

Innovation Unplugged

From exhilarating breakthroughs to challenging setbacks, Innovation Unplugged is comprised of seasoned entrepreneurs and business experts, who share their raw and authentic stories. 

Startup Support

Allen Family Genius Bar

The Riata Center invites faculty, seasoned entrepreneurs and industry experts to share their experiences and knowledge with students from all disciplines interested in entrepreneurship and innovative ideas.

Greiner Summer Business Accelerator

Greiner Summer Business Accelerator is an eight 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. 

Riata Pre-Seed Fund

The OSU Riata Pre-Seed Fund provides early-stage startup capital and 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 during spring, summer and fall.

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. 

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