What is Tulsa StartUp Series?

The Tulsa StartUp Series is a bi-monthly business pitch featuring five pitch categories: Cyber Security, Physical Product, Food and Retail, Social Enterprise, and Wild Card. The winner of each category receives $2,500 towards their startup, a three-month membership to 36 Degrees North, a business mentor for three months and an automatic entry to pitch in the Demo Day Finals in November. Through a partnership with the University of Tulsa and the George Kaiser Family Foundation, the Cuber Security Pitch Series winner also receives a one-year stipend, paid downtown apartment and a year-long membership at 36 Degrees North. The Demo Day Finals winner receives $15,000, a year-long membership to 36 Degrees North and a year-long business mentor.

Do you have an innovative business idea? You can enter any category with an informal 60-second video pitch – submit yours today! Click here for the pitch categories and dates.


The Tulsa StartUp Series, powered by the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation, has supported innovation, growth and creativity among Tulsa’s entrepreneurial community since 2007. The Riata Center for Entrepreneurship at OSU, Cox Business and Cox Media Group have been proud sponsors of the competition since 2017.

The Tulsa StartUp Series is a program of the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation (LTFF). LTFF Founding Board Member and former Mayor of Tulsa Kathy Taylor founded the Tulsa Entrepreneurial Spirit Award in 2007 as a way to spur innovation, growth and creativity. The Entrepreneurial Spirit Award then pivoted into Tulsa Startup Series. Since inception, the competition has generated more than 2,300 full time, part-time and contract jobs. A 2014 study reported an economic impact for Tulsa of more than $57.7 million. Past winners include popular Tulsa businesses like The Pop House, Ediblend, Press Café x Yoga, ReLiveIt, Two Guys Bow Ties, T-Town Tacos, Tasty Towne and more!


The mission of the Tulsa StartUp Series is to create a platform for Tulsa entrepreneurs to ideate and accelerate their businesses with community support.

The annual startup competition’s impact has included:

  • Over 2,300 full-time, part-time and contract jobs
  • $11 million in follow-on investment
  • $57.7 million in total economic impact for Tulsa

“Whether you have an idea, a lifestyle business, or a highly scalable startup, there is a place for you in the competition.”

– Ben Campbell, Overworld App

Tulsa StartUp Series Rules
Tulsa StartUp Series has reinvented itself. The new model of the competition includes all the best parts of previous competitions:

  • networking with other entrepreneurs
  • mentoring opportunities
  • access to Tulsa’s premium entrepreneurship resources

Full 2019 Pitch Series Schedule
The 2019 Tulsa StartUp Series competition will feature a series of five categorized, bi-monthly pitch competitions throughout the year. It will culminate with a Demo Day competition during Global Entrepreneurship Week in November 2019.