June 2014

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We here at Cultivate918 have been getting some questions (some really good, tough questions) about who we are and what we are trying to do… questions that we ourselves have been wrestling with since day one.  We are constantly asking for feedback from entrepreneurs to make sure that Cultivate918 is what Tulsa’s entrepreneurs want and need it to be. Unfortunately, we feel like the last meeting just wasn’t quite there.  So, like all good entrepreneurs, we’ve taken your advice and we’re going to pivot.  This is what you’ve told us you think Cultivate918 should be:Cultivate918 was formed to put the power to create a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem back in the hands of Tulsa’s entrepreneurs. It’s about bringing together high-energy, fearless entrepreneurs who are willing to take the lead in overcoming the challenges that have hindered the growth of a strong, cohesive entrepreneurial community in Tulsa. It’s about working together to support and implement innovative ideas that work and pivoting together when they don’t. In short, it’s about collaborating, acting fast, showing results, and coming back for more.We want you, the entrepreneurs, to be in the driver’s seat.  And to that end, we think you should GO and DO!  If you have a great idea, don’t ask for our permission, just take off!  Of course, we want to hear about what cool things you’re doing to support the entrepreneurship community, and we want to help connect you with others in any way we can, but this is your culture and community!

Now here’s the pivot – the next meeting is going to be a little bit different.  We have the sense that the solution groups aren’t working (what do you think?), so instead of hearing solution group updates, we’re asking entrepreneurs who have already taken the bull by the horns, to report on what they’re doing to strengthen the community. If you hear something you like, hop on board and help out. We’re also going to solve, in real-time, some of the problems entrepreneurs have brought up. The meeting’s hosts will be Joey Wignarajah, who authored the entrepreneurial landscape report and Aaron Bean, an entrepreneur who founded Asemio.

Joey and Aaron will look forward to seeing you July 9th at 5pm at the Fab Lab to talk about some exciting progress in the entrepreneurial community!  If you’re interested in hosting the August meeting (even if you don’t have a location) we want to hear from you!  Send us a DM @Cultivate918!


ANNOUNCEMENTS

2014 TCC STARTUP CUP KICKED OFF LAST NIGHT!
Congrats to Remmi Smith, winner of the pitch contest at last night’s TCC StartupCup Kickoff.pic.twitter.com/SPhNdrDV9x. Business model entries for the 2014 TCC StartUp Cup Competition are now being accepted. The entry period runs from June 24th through 11:59 p.m. on Monday, July 14.  Enter your innovative business model for a chance to win the $30,000 first prize along with valuable coaching and mentoring from local entrepreneurs throughout the Competition. Winners will be announced on November 18. Second and third prize winners will be awarded $5,000 and $2,500 respectively. For more information, click HERE.SEEDSTEP ANGELS – TRANSACTION ANNOUNCEMENT
On June 12th SeedStep Angels commits $300k as part of a $1.2 million Series A Preferred Equity round in Well Checked Systems International, LLC. Click HERE to read more.NO CHARGE SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE
An Oklahoma Small Business Development (OKSBDC) consultant will be working out of The Forge conference room every Thursday through June. OKSBDC assists small business owners and new entrepreneurs by providing no charge, one-on-one business management advising, business management workshops and business technical assistance. To schedule an appointment, emailinfo@theforge-tulsa.com

THE MINE FELLOW APPLICATIONS OPEN UNTIL JULY 12TH
Information about The Fellowship and applications available at www.theminetulsa.com
About the Fellowship:

  • Program: Fellows engage in a nine-month professional program implementing social innovation projects that benefit Tulsa.
  • Professional Development: Fellows learn and experience the best consulting frameworks from top management firms, startup methodologies, and human-centered design.
  • Projects: Fellows work in teams of 5 peers on high visibility projects. Each team receives a $10,000 seed fund to develop and commercialize their project. Learn more.

The Mine is powered by The Forge, George Kaiser Family Foundation, The Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation, and the OU Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth (CCEW).

THE MINE PROJECT IDEAS
Do you have a great idea for the 2nd cohort of fellows at The Mine? Submit it here!
http://theminetulsa.com/fellowship/submit-a-project/

i2E IMMERSION PROGRAM APPLICATIONS OPENING SOON
The Immersion Program conducted in i2E’s Tulsa office invests up to $38,000 in non-dilutive capital (requiring a $2,000 match from entrepreneur) to innovative Oklahoma startups. i2E selects three to four startups per class, two classes per year. Each 20-week class goes through intensive Lean-based development with a goal to get follow-on funding.  The current Immersion Program Class ends in July, but applications will be available soon.  For more information, please contact Shintaro Kaido at skaido@i2E.org.
 
View the Entrepreneurial Asset Map Report – Click HERE

View the Tulsa’s Entrepreneurial Scene – Click HERE

UPCOMING EVENTS

FORGE AHEAD LUNCH LECTURE – JUNE 26TH, 12PM, THE FORGE (125 W. THIRD ST.)
The Myths of Creativity: Why are some people consistently creative and others strikingly unoriginal? Join David Burkus, founder and host of the LDRLB (“leader lab”) podcast, as he debunks myths about creativity and offers facts and realistic strategies for encouraging innovation. REGISTER HERE‘SEX AND EXECS’ PANEL DISCUSSION AND NETWORKING hosted by DiversityConneX
Thursday, June 26 from 5:30–7:30 pm @ B.S. Roberts Room in North Hall at OSU-Tulsa
Tickets required; PURCHASE HEREHAPPY HOUR HOSTED BY THE MINE – JUNE 26TH, @ 4PM – 6PM, THE FORGE (125 W. THIRD ST.)
Be a part of doing something BIG for the Tulsa community – Attend The Forge Open House featuring The Mine for a happy hour and to learn about this year’s fellowship! RSVP HERE and for more information: @theminetulsa

1 MILLION CUPS TULSA – Every Wednesday at 9AM, Foolish Things Coffee (1001 S Main St Tulsa, OK 74119) 2 local startup pitches weekly @1millioncupsTUL

2014 TULSA MINI MAKER FAIRE
The 2014 Tulsa Mini Maker Faire is Oklahoma’s first and only official Maker Faire event hosted by the Hardesty Center for Fab Lab Tulsa to be held on August 30th from 10am to 6pm.

SHOUT OUTS!

TCC STARTUP CUP SPURS LOCAL ECONOMY
The Tulsa Community College StartUp Cup for entrepreneurs has had a huge economic impact on the community, adding more than $85.1 million to the Tulsa economy, according to the foundation that supports the annual competition. Click HERE to read today’s Tulsa World Article!

UPCOMING MEETINGS
CULTIVATE918 EVERY 2ND WEDNESDAY AT 5 PM,  ROTATING LOCATIONS 

CULTIVATE918 July Meeting:
Wednesday, July 9th at 5 pm – Fab Lab, Tulsa, 710 S. Lewis Ave., Tulsa OK 74104CULTIVATE918 August Meeting:
Wednesday, August 13th at 5 pm – TBAIf you are interested in hosting a meeting, please tweet us @cultivate918

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