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OU Startup Programs is a collection of programs designed to foster and grow entrepreneurial development at the University of Oklahoma. 

Purposed with creating good companies and exceptional founders, OU Startup Programs supports entrepreneurs at critical stages of development. Our programs provide guidance and resources to carry entrepreneurs from ideation to testing to funding. 

Each Startup Program is adaptive to an entrepreneur's individual needs and remains a viable option for businesses at any size and at any stage. Our programs are open to University of Oklahoma students and University affiliates (i.e., alumni, faculty and staff).

Our Programs

Overview

Startup Community is the point of entry for all University of Oklahoma students and University affiliates interested in or actively pursuing a project, prototype or business model. This program connects individuals from multidisciplinary backgrounds to create, design and explore their entrepreneurial ideas. 

Startup Community offers program members the opportunity to form a team and work on their own entrepreneurial idea, or join a team and employ their skills in supporting another's business concept or project.

Offerings

Startup Community is an adaptive program that responds to program members' individual needs. Program members are offered:

  • skills training in market discovery and consumer insight research
  • monthly one-on-one mentorship sessions
  • biweekly seminars and workshops dedicated to critical issues
  • 24-7 access to dedicated workspaces
  • access to critical prototyping services and equipment (if applicable)
  • use of in-house production equipment and services

Start-Hub Membership Policy

For more information about how Startup Community operates and program member requirements, we invite prospective and current program members to review our Startup Community Membership Policy.

Join Startup Community

Startup Community offers rolling admission, and our staff periodically reviews new requests. Any currently enrolled student at the University of Oklahoma or other University affiliate is encouraged to complete our intake form.

Startup Community Intake Form

If you are interested in learning more about Startup Community for later enrollment or any of our other programs, we encourage you to contact OU Startup Programs with any questions. 

Overview

Startup Accelerator is an industry-agnostic 12-week program designed to help program members conduct concept validation and rapid market testing for their early-stage business ideas.

Startup Accelerator is intended to get program members to the point of a minimum viable product (MVP) that can be tested in relevant markets and presented to potential funding partners.

Startup Accelerator culminates in a Demo Day pitch event where program members have the opportunity to present their businesses to an audience of entrepreneurs, mentors, partners, investors and community organizations.

Program members who are current University students or alumni that have graduated from any University of Oklahoma degree program within the last five years are also eligible to compete in a $50,000 Pitch Competition at the end of our Startup Accelerator.

Offerings

Startup Accelerator’s structured curriculum leads participants toward the creation of an MVP suitable for market and product testing. Program members are offered:

  • skills training in customer validation, market testing and business modeling
  • weekly one-on-one mentorship sessions
  • monthly cohort strategy sessions
  • potential seed funding through Startup Innovation Fund (if applicable)
  • 24-7 access to dedicated workspaces
  • access to critical prototyping services and equipment (if applicable)
  • use of in-house production equipment and services

Apply to Startup Accelerator

Startup Accelerator applications are closed. Follow us on social media @OUStartups to follow our Startup Accelerator members' journies!

If you are interested in learning more about Startup Accelerator for later enrollment or any of our other programs, we encourage you to contact OU Startup Programs with any questions. 

Overview

Startup Incubator is a one-year program designed to grow program members’ businesses by creating an adaptive curriculum to support technology commercialization, business management and overall growth.

Startup Incubator culminates in a Demo Day pitch event where program members have the opportunity to present their businesses to an audience of entrepreneurs, mentors, partners, investors and community organizations.

Program members who are current University students or alumni that have graduated from any University of Oklahoma degree program within the last five years are also eligible to compete in a $50,000 Pitch Competition while participating in Startup Incubator.

Offerings

While Startup Incubator is adaptive to program members' individual needs, our program places significant focus on business modeling, revenue generation and securing other funding opportunities. Program members are offered:

  • skills training in business management and revenue generation
  • monthly one-on-one mentorship sessions
  • monthly cohort strategy sessions
  • reserved offices (as available)
  • registered business mailing addresses
  • 24-7 access to dedicated workspaces
  • access to University mentor and partner networks
  • access to critical prototyping services and equipment (if applicable)
  • use of in-house production equipment and services

Apply to Startup Incubator

We are not seeking applicants to Startup Incubator at this time.

If you are interested in learning more about Startup Incubator for later enrollment or any of our other programs, we encourage you to contact OU Startup Programs with any questions. 

Which Program Is Right for Me?

All of our programs are structured to support businesses at particular stages of development. Download our Business Stages Overview document to discover which stage may best define your business idea. From there, we can work together to determine which Startup Program is the best fit for you and your idea.

Open Office Hours

Our team is here to listen, share and be available to support our community in any way we can. Our program staff currently hold open office hours from 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday.

Members of the University of Oklahoma entrepreneurial ecosystem can meet via Zoom or visit our office to ask questions about available resources, share ideas on ecosystem building, discuss innovative ideas with potential for business growth, and more. 

Questions About OU Startup Programs

If you have any questions about OU Startup Programs or any of our programming, you can contact us via email by clicking the button below, by calling us at (405) 325-7808 or by reaching us on social media @OUStartups.

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