The Oklahoma Funding Accelerator (OFA) Associateship is a semester-long internship for students to work one-on-one consulting with local entrepreneurs. OFA was founded in 2011 as a Ronnie K. Irani Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth Social Entrepreneurship project. Since its founding, OFA has worked with entrepreneurs across Oklahoma who need help starting or expanding their business ventures. The business consulting experience gives OFA Associates a channel to gain real-world experience. The OFA program is a key part of I-CCEW's mission to become a nexus of entrepreneurial activity for the state of Oklahoma.
Students apply for a one-semester OFA Associateship for either the Spring or Fall semesters. Associates receive training and work closely with local entrepreneurs on business model generation, business plan creation, financial projections, and loan proposal preparation. Associates receive additional professional development as they build relationships with local banks, incubators, and technology centers.