On Saturday, April 8, The University of Tulsa will host the first Oklahoma Young Entrepreneur Awards (OYEA), an innovation competition for Tulsa-area high school students. Teams will compete for more than $5,000 in prizes as well as judges’ awards.
To enter OYEA, teams identified a social problem or business opportunity and submitted a proposal for a product or service to meet the need. Proposals included research into the target audience, market analysis, a preliminary financial plan and more. The top 14 teams have been invited to present their pitch to a panel of judges at the event on April 8.
“Oklahoma high schools are full of talent, and we hope that this event can be an opportunity for students to develop their entrepreneurial potential,” said Charles Wood, event director and associate professor of marketing at TU. “The Oklahoma Young Entrepreneur Awards event gives students practical experience in innovative problem solving before they get to college.”
The event will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m., followed by team pitches to judges and activities that allow students to network and interact with teams from other schools. A free lunch will be provided to teams and their registered guests. In the afternoon, there will be rotating campus tours, as well as workshops hosted by Youth Entrepreneurs of Kansas, Professor Tracy Suter of the Collins College of Business, and TU admissions staff. The event culminates in a banquet and awards ceremony beginning at 4 p.m., featuring a keynote by TU President Gerard Clancy.
About the Nova Fellowship
The NOVA Fellowship is a community of TU students, faculty and professionals from all majors and backgrounds who are interested in innovation and want to do something truly unique and meaningful in the community. The mission of the Nova Fellowship is to find, equip and inspire students of all majors to follow their passions and develop projects that benefit the Tulsa community and University of Tulsa campus.