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2020 Virtual Entrepreneurship Expo

Expo is a public exhibition for students, local business owners, and entrepreneurs of all ages to exhibit their products and services. 

For 2020, our third annual OU Entrepreneurship Expo was virtual and entirely online. A panel of judges selected the best exhibitor from each division. Winners were announced in the virtual awards ceremony on Nov. 19th 2020.

Winners Announced

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Virtual Awards Ceremony

Denise Parris, Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship, Michael F. Price College of Business

Special Message from the Dean
Corey Phelps, Dean, Michael F. Price College of Business

Keynote Address
Mike Beckham, Senior Entrepreneur in Residence, Michael F. Price College of Business

Category Winners Announced by Price College Entrepreneurs in Residence
Shaun Tilford - Elementary
Brady Sexton - High School
Andy Moore - College
Pam Battle - Community
Sean Akadiri - Seed

Thank You and Closing
Denise Parris

2020 Exhibitors

Click on a division category below to see a list of exhibitors and view their video entries.

Divisions and Prizes

Pre-Seed Divisions: Early-stage startups are companies that have not received funds from outside investors (either equity or loans) and are still working on demonstrating product-market fit. Every business starts with an idea and at the early stage you are developing a product or service, seeking to obtain your first customers, and building your brand. The Pre-Seed divisions range from companies who are at the idea stage to those that have a product or service they are starting to sell to customers.

Seed Division: You have incorporated your business and you are seeking to grow. Over the life of your business your cumulative revenues must not have exceeded $100,000 and you have not raised more than $100,000 in investment in equity or debt.  

  • Pre-seed: Elementary 
    • First place - $50 Scholarship and gift basket
    • Second place - $50
  • Pre-Seed: High School  - Grade 9th to 12th
    • First place - $500 Scholarship and interview with entrepreneur.
    • Second place - $350
  • Pre-Seed: College students – Enrolled as undergrad or graduate student part-time or full-time
    • First place –  $1000
    • Second place - $750
  • Pre-Seed: Community – An entrepreneur over 18 seeking to demonstrate your product or service fills a market need. - 90 sec. video max.
    • First place  – $1000
    • Second place - $750
  • Seed:  All ages 
    • First place  – $1000
    • Second place - $750

The University of Oklahoma, in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, political beliefs, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures.

The decision of the Judges in every instance shall be final and unchallengeable. In their absolute discretion, the Judges may declare an entry void if it does not meet any of the required criteria.

Important Dates

  • Applications open: Thursday, Oct. 1
  • Applications close: Sunday, Nov. 8
  • Exhibitors announced: Friday, Nov. 13
  • Virtual OU Entrepreneurship Expo: Nov. 16-18
  • Virtual Expo Awards: 6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 19


2020 Expo Sponsors

Sponsor Logos - Armstrong Band, Oklahoma City Innovation District and Norman Economic Development Coalition
Sponsor Logos - The University of Oklahoma Foundation

Frequently Asked Questions

The expo is a good chance to get early stage feedback on your venture concept from successful entrepreneurs, professional investors, and the community.

At best, you may take orders for your product or arrange a continued discussion for possible investment. At worst, you will learn whether other people think your venture is not viable before you sink time and money into it.

Beyond gaining feedback and sales, the expo is a gathering place where you can find collaborators, spark innovative ideas, and build connections to take dreams and make them a reality.

  • OU students, faculty, staff, and alumni
  • Open to the public
  • Special invitation to investors and community leaders

View List of 2019 Exhibitors