Oklahoma Governor’s Cup Business Plan Competition

College Student Outreach

The Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Collegiate Business Plan Competition is designed to encourage students of Oklahoma universities and colleges to act upon their entrepreneurial ideas and develop skills to lead tomorrow's innovative new businesses.

Multi-disciplinary teams made up of undergraduate and graduate students from Oklahoma universities bring together the pieces necessary to bridge the gap between technology and the marketplace. 

Not only do college students have the opportunity to hone their entrepreneurial skills and network with Oklahoma’s business leaders, but they compete for nearly $200,000 in cash, $40,000 in fellowships, and $15,000 in scholarships, ultimately increasing the number of high-tech businesses in the state.

The competition is open to all faculty-sponsored, full-time and part-timeundergraduate and graduate students enrolled at any of Oklahoma’s universities or colleges.  Students can be from different universities, but must be sponsored by a Faculty Advisor from a degreed college.  Teams comprised of at least one student enrolled in the graduate school should compete in the graduate competition (even if undergraduates are members of the team).

The business plan must be for a seed, start-up or early-stage venture and must address the entire business concept (including implementation).  At least one team member must have a key role in the company's management team. Proposals for the buy-out or expansion of an existing company, tax-shelter opportunities, franchise, real estate syndications and other consulting projects and analyses are not eligible.

i2E, Inc., a private not for profit corporation, manages the competition in association with EPSCoR, the Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce, the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology and Presbyterian Health Foundation.

For more information please visit www.okgovernorscup.org or contact Sarah Seagraves at sseagraves@i2E.org or 405.235.2305.