May 2014

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May 14, 2014 kicked off the first CULTIVATE918 meeting. Over 90 people joined the CULTIVATE918 community and shared great ideas on how to breakdown silos in Tulsa’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Thanks to everyone who shared, tweeted, hash-tagged and brainstormed! You are taking the first steps toward moving Tulsa’s entrepreneurial scene forward!

ANNOUNCEMENTS & EVENTS

TULSA LEAN STARTUP MACHINE NEEDS YOU
16 more people need to sign up ASAP to “unlock” lean startup for Tulsa. Lean Startup Machine is a workshop and educational series that focuses on teaching founders a lean process for starting a business through case studies and hands-on mentoring. In order to bring this series to Tulsa, 100 people must show interest by signing up. Sign up today: https://www.leanstartupmachine.com/cities/tulsaNO 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.comWHITEBOARD REVEAL – JUNE 4TH @ 9AM, 1 MILLION CUPS, FOOLISH THINGS COFFEE (1001 S Main St Tulsa, OK 74119)
Support Tulsa Entrepreneur, Kayvon Olomi as he presents Whiteboard, a mobile-first task and project management application that is built around one premise; do what matters. RSVP: http://bit.ly/1igQoMEJOB PACT PRESENTATION – JUNE 4TH @ 9AM, 1 MILLION CUPS, FOOLISH THINGS COFFEE(1001 S Main St Tulsa, OK 74119)
Alex Golimbievsky will present Job Pact, an employer and job seeker matching application based on
criteria most important to each party.

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

WOMEN 2.0 CITY MEET UP – JUNE 12TH @ 6PM, TULSA OK
Women 2.0 City Meetup creates an inclusive community for anyone working, innovating, or investing in technology. Women 2.0 City Meetup is open to both women and men
Read more at: http://women2.com/city-meetup/tulsa/#sDSSsvLmkKeR36zS.99

2014 CALL FOR MAKERS!
The 2014 Tulsa Mini Maker Faire is currently accepting applications for exhibitors from now through June 15th.  We welcome all of the Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance members to participate in 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. Applications can be submitted online: http://makerfairetulsa.com/2014-maker-application/

BOOKSMART – JUNE 17TH @ 7PM, THE FAB LAB TULSA (710 S. Lewis Ave.)
Fab Lab will host author Daniel H. Wilson to speak about his new book Robogensis, it should be very interesting and fun event. All are welcome! For more information: http://www.booksmarttulsa.com/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

HAPPY 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

THE MINE FELLOW APPLICATIONS DUE – JULY 11TH
The Mine is a catalyst for social innovation with fellows who use $10,000 seed funding to engage in community-based, high impact projects. http://theminetulsa.com/fellowship/

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/

TYPROS IS HIRING A PROGRAM COORDINATOR
For more information: www.typros.org

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 atskaido@i2E.org.

 
HELP CULTIVATE A SOLUTION:
If you were not able to attend the CULTIVATE918 meeting or did not have the opportunity to join a solution group, now is your chance. Email Nicole@lobecktaylor.com with the solution group you would like to help with!

The study recommends that the first step in strengthening Tulsa’s entrepreneurial community is to focus on the methods and mechanisms that break down silos, improve communication, and increase alignment in the community. In short, the study recommends the following actions:

1.      Build a coalition of entrepreneurs and supporters to lead the community.
2.      Develop a shared vision for the community.
3.      Build an online resource center with an actively managed calendar of entrepreneurship events.
4.      Emphasize good communication habits within the community.
5.      Support organic, entrepreneur-led efforts to connect members of the community that increase the collisions among entrepreneurs.
6.      Consolidate efforts to build a mixed-use facility for entrepreneurs.
7.      Correct the misalignment between entrepreneurs and investors.
8.      Facilitate connecting entrepreneurs with mentors and advisors.

View the Entrepreneurial Asset Map Report – Click HERE

View the Tulsa’s Entrepreneurial Scene – Click HERE

SHOUT OUTS!

One Giant Leap and The Bridge gave great final presentations on May 22nd! Great work from the first cohort of Fellows at the Mine Tulsa!Great article on how Fab Lab Tulsa is a game changer in STEM education! To read the article, clickHERE @FablabtulsaTULSA STARTUPS SECURE MORE THAN $4.5 MILLION OF INVESTMENT CAPITAL
Since December, i2E has invested more than $1.75 Million in Tulsa area concept and seed stage startup companies, including those listed below.  Combined with participating co-investment from other private investors and the Oklahoma SeedStep Angels, these companies raised in excess of $4.5 Million.ReTenant developed and marketed a smartphone app that allows apartment managers to connect with tenants through news feeds, direct messaging, service requests and a click-to-call function for getting in touch with apartment staff.

4D Sales is a revolutionary iPad-based sales tool built to increase sales effectiveness and revenue.

ICEdot is revolutionizing personal safety for action sports enthusiasts through its globally accessible emergency platform and integrated safety devices.

Well Checked Systems specializes in remote well site video monitoring, reporting, alerting and data storage/retrieval.

Expert TA is an educational software company that has tackled the never before solved problem of partial credit grading of complex equations, such as those found in engineering.

Equip is an on demand mobile smart phone app called EquipAdvantage for the oil and gas industry connecting equipment and service providers with Energy producers.

Zarthcode produces consumer virtual reality interfaces such as the MantisVR wireless virtual reality gloves.

TULSA GOVERNOR’S CUP TEAMS SWEEP OKLAHOMA COMPETITION, TAKE FIRST IN LAS VEGAS
For the second consecutive year, University of Tulsa teams swept first place in both High Growth divisions in the 10th annual Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup competition for Oklahoma college students, with each winning a $20,000 cash prize.

The top winner in the High Growth Graduate Division was AeroHead from TU, which wrote a business plan around an innovative putter and bladed cartridge, which is inserted into the head of the club to create overspin on a golf ball for increased accuracy when putting. AeroHead team leader was Philip McCoy and team members were Se Yeon Kim, Bryan Kinzer, Kristina Merkle, Gann Swan and Yang Zhao and faculty adviser Steven Tipton.

In the High Growth Undergraduate Division, the $20,000 first place went to TU’s Owlpal Healthcare with a technology for diagnosing and monitoring asthma in children at night. Owlpal team leader was Jordy Albert and team member was MacKenzie Ward. Claire Cornell was faculty adviser.  Owlpal Healthcare also won first place and an additional $30,000 in cash at the Governor’s Cup Tri-State Competition held last week in Las Vegas, Nevada. MacKenzie Ward was the top undergraduate pitch winner receiving $2,000 in cash.

Valoshade of TU won second place and $10,000 in the High Growth Undergraduate division.

For more information on this competition, visit www.okgovcup.org

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

Wednesday, June 11th at 5 pm – i2E Tulsa office: 618 E. Third Street, Suite 1, Tulsa OK 74120.Agenda (Please email us any additional agenda items): 

  1. Progress Report
  2. Policy on sharing contact info?
  3. Updates from Cultivate a Solution meetings
  4. How do we get Entrepreneurs involved in Cultivate918
  5. Twitter list of Tulsa Startups
  6. Announcements

CULTIVATE918 July Meeting:
Wednesday, July 9th at 5 pm – Fab Lab Tulsa: 710 S. Lewis Ave., Tulsa OK 74104

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