About Tulsa StartUp Series

A brand new Tulsa StartUp Series is coming to you soon! We will be rolling out an improved competition for 2020 that combines the best of the bi-monthly pitch format and all the hype of Demo Day into one BIG pitch day in fall 2020! Stay tuned for more information coming later this spring about the new pitch categories, prize money amounts and – most importantly – how you can enter your business idea to win.


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