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Oklahoma Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

The Oklahoma entrepreneurial ecosystem comprises several public and private organizations working to conserve and promote entrepreneurship across the state. The Tom Love Innovation Hub is an integral part of this ecosystem, providing important resources at the University of Oklahoma and statewide.

Our Ecosystem Guide

The Tom Love Innovation Hub is one of several organizations committed to growing the Oklahoma entrepreneurial ecosystem. Check out our quarterly ecosystem guide for more information about critical resources and supportive programming.

Connect to the OKC Metro Ecosystem

In spring 2020, we came together as an ecosystem to create a single site to bring together business and startup resources for the Oklahoma City Metro area. Just a few short months later, the ecosystem launched the Startup Space platform in August 2020.

With Startup Space, you'll get the next generation of community-building tools. Create meaningful connections, navigate local resources, measure impact, and more. Click here or on the icon to download the app.

1 Million Cups

1 Million Cups is a community-led organization that works to lower barriers of access to education, resources and connection for all types of new and aspiring entrepreneurs. Founders (whose business is less than 5 years old) from any industry can find authentic connection with their community and learn how to leverage community resources to further their business.  While Oklahoma has several sites across the state, Startup OU is a proud sponsor of 1 Million Cups (Norman).

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Our Partners

Institutional Partners 
Michael F. Price College of BusinessPrice College's numerous programs and initiatives ensure the enduring global competitiveness of Oklahoma and the nation. In fulfillment of that mission, Price College has been the Innovation Hub's primary contributor and steward since the its founding. Under Price College, the Innovation Hub has become a leader in the Oklahoma entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Gallogly College of EngineeringGallogly College's relationship with the Innovation Hub has created new opportunities for engineering students, from joining engineering projects coming out of theFabrication Lab to accessing technology and tools for coursework. Since our founding, Gallogly College has made the Innovation Hub a part of its engineering curriculum.
Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass CommunicationGaylord College supports the Innovation Hub through its students, creating new opportunities for them to connect and explore at the Innovation Hub. Its programs have attracted students from advertising, creative media production and public relations. The Innovation Hub has also pursued projects with Lindsey + Asp, Gaylord College's student-run advertising and public relations agency.
Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine ArtsWeitzenhoffer College supports the Innovation Hub through its students, who have helped carry and revitalize the Innovation Hub's creative programs. The Innovation Hub's programs have drawn students from music, drama and visual arts.
University Partners 
Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC)Assists with the perfection, conveyance and commercialization of OU intellectual property. OTC strives to be recognized as a driving force for OU's economic impact through education, expertise and efficiency. 
Ronnie K. Irani Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth (I-CCEW)Leads high-impact projects focused on: technology commercialization; social entrepreneurship and innovation; software and web development; agile product design; and entrepreneurial support.
Business Communication CenterProvides useful and transformational business communication skills help to ensure the enduring global competiveness of Oklahoma and the nation by preparing students to communicate well through writing and oral presentation. This organization provides additional pitch training support to Startup Programs companies.
External Partners 
Devon Energy In 2018, the Innovation Hub partnered with Devon Energy to launch the Design + Do challenge, giving children a hands-on opportunity to have fun while solving a problem and building STEM skills. Design + Do gives these children the opportunity to tackle innovation challenges using real-world technology, working alongside staff from Devon Energy and the Innovation Hub.
Francis Tuttle Technology CenterThe Francis Tuttle Technology Center strives to be the premiere choice for programs and services related to careers and technology education. Francis Tuttle offers a broad range of programs and services in support of developing and maintaining a quality workforce for the region.
Norman Economic Development Coalition (NEDC)The Norman Economic Development Coalition is dedicated to improving the quality of life of Norman residents through the creation and retention of jobs. Established in 1996, NEDC is a joint effort of the University of Oklahoma, the City of Norman, the Moore Norman Technology Center, and the Sooner Centurions, a committee of the Norman Chamber of Commerce.
Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST)OCAST is a key organization that bridges the gap between research activities and business needs. Through its network of strategic partnerships, OCAST creates a continuum of services that enables and accelerates the transition of ideas from the laboratory to the market.