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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. Phases one and two are each 12 weeks during the fall and spring semesters. Following the completion of phase one and two, participants are eligible to apply for the Summer Greiner Accelerator Program.

Program requirements

Phase one: LEARN

  • Weekly meeting with Riata Entrepreneur in Resident, Kyle Eastham
  • Required one-time orientation meeting.
  • Complete UDACITY Training - How to Build a Startup.
  • Required workshops, one-on-one meetings, group meetings, venture development milestones and deliverables.
  • Participation in the Riata Pitch and Poster Competition.
  • 10 hours/week in Riata Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
  • End of semester Pitch Day and Luncheon.  

Phase two: ENGAGE

  • Required one-time orientation meeting.
  • Complete UDACITY Training - How to Build a Startup.
  • Required workshops, one-on-one and group meetings and venture-specific development milestones and deliverables determined with your PoP.
  • Participation in the Riata Pitch and Poster and Business Plan Competitions.
  • 10 hours/week in Riata Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at a dedicated desk.
  • End of semester Pitch Day and Luncheon.

Program dates

Applications open

Jan. 16

Applications close

Feb. 1

RSX program dates

Feb. 5 - April 26

Participants will demonstrate the following:

Market validation and venture development

Successfully perform a feasibility analysis to understand problem-solution, customer, industry and market validation. Venture specific development includes financials, entity formation etc.

Pitching and presentation skills

Learn how to speak about the venture by developing a pitch deck using fact-based and data-driven evidence to educate others on their concept.

Professional skills and networking

Develop professional skills as it pertains to working with mentors, Professors of Practice and other key members of the venture development ecosystem.

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Center for Health Systems Innovation (CHSI)

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