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Will Drover

Entrepreneurship & Economic Development
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Will Drover

Associate Professor
Michael F. Price Professor of Entrepreneurship and Economic Development

Will Drover

Department: Tom Love Division of Entrepreneurship and Economic Development
Office: Price Hall 3050J
Phone: (405) 325-1638
Address: 1003 Asp Avenue, Room 3050J
Norman, Oklahoma 73019

Dr. Drover is Associate Professor within OU’s Price College of Business, and holds the Michael F. Price Professorship. His teaching and research primarily focus on the area of new venture finance. Professor Drover’s research has been published in numerous leading peer reviewed journals and has been featured by outlets such as Forbes and the National Venture Capital Association. He also is a field editor for the Journal of Business Venturing. In the classroom, Dr. Drover has received several recognitions, including OU’s Roberson Award for Teaching Excellence, OU’s Tamara Pullin Partners in Learning Award and was recognized as an OU Innovative Teaching Fellow. Professor Drover has delivered several invited talks, including the keynote address at one of the world’s largest symposiums for startup investors at Microsoft in Silicon Valley. Drover has led four innovation-based consulting projects for the U.S. State Department. He is also an instructor for the U.S. Department of Defense via IVMF, regularly teaching innovation courses on international military bases. Professor Drover is an active investor in early-stage startups, focusing on robotics, software, biotechnology, among others. Drover is an avid kiteboarder, wakeboarder, and 10-time triathlete. Drover was also a pole vaulter at the University of Missouri.


  • OU Entrepreneurship Research Excellence Award
  • Field Editor, the Journal of Business Venturing
  • OU Roberson Award for Teaching Excellence
  • OU Tamara Pullin Partners in Learning Program Award
  • Academy of Management ‘Best Published Paper’ Award (NEU Division). 2021
  • Instructor, SBA/Department of Defense's Boots to Business Military Training Program
    (on international military bases)
    Project Lead (x4): U.S. Department of State Diplomacy Lab
  • OU Junior Faculty Fellow
  • OU Innovative Teaching Fellow
  • Price College of Business Research Grant recipient
  • Visiting Scholar, Babson College
  • Selected for best paper proceedings: Academy of Management and the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference
  • Best Doctoral Student Paper Award: Academy of Management Entrepreneurship Division