Tulsa StartUp Series Rules

The Tulsa StartUp Series consists of categorized pitch competitions whose winners automatically qualify for the StartUp Series Demo Day event during Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW).

Each pitch competition shall have a separate category focusing upon 1) Cyber Security; 2) Physical Product; 3) Food and Retail; 4) Social Enterprise.  The 5th and final round shall be a Wild Card round in which any startup can enter.

To Enter:

Entrants in the StartUp Series pitch competition must upload a 60-second video pitch onto the StartUp Series website that explains their business and why they need $2,500 to test their concept or advance their business. Each pitch round shall have three judges who will score each video pitch on a numerical scale based upon 1) presentation of the problem the business solves; 2) how the business will solve the problem; 3) how the business will use the $2,500 prize money to test their business concept. Judges will determine the top 5 video pitches, and those entrants will move on to the live pitch round.

Cyber Security Entry:

Entrants to the Cyber Security series will also need to upload a one-page abstract for their business in addition to the 60-second pitch video. The 60-second video for the Cyber Security entries does not need to address the $2,500 prize money as the prize package for this series is unique from the other categories. The  video does need to address the other two items: the problem the business solves and how the business will solve the problem. Submissions are due February 21st, 2019.

Live Pitches:

Pitch finalists will be invited to give a live pitch at 36 Degrees North on the 3rd Wednesday of the Month at 5:30 p.m. (unless indicated otherwise). At the live pitch, finalists will have five minutes to pitch to judges, followed by questions from the judges. The winner will be announced live following the pitches. The pitch series winner shall be awarded $2,500 to test or advance their business, a three-month membership to 36 Degrees North and a mentor who will be available to meet with the business owner weekly for at least three months.

The schedule for the Cyber Security Live Pitches will be on a timeline independent of the other four pitch series. This live pitch will occur at 36 Degrees North during the Tulsa Cyber Summit on March 24. As a result of a partnership with the University of Tulsa and the George Kaiser Family Foundation, the Cyber Security winner will also receive a one-year stipend, a paid downtown apartment and one year of office space and membership at 36 Degrees North.

Most importantly, the Live Pitch Winners will receive automatic entry into Demo Day and a chance to compete to win $15,000 awarded at Demo Day during GEW, along with a year-long membership to 36 Degrees North and a dedicated mentor. The pitch series winner will be required to upload a 10 slide-pitch to the StartUp Series website prior to the November 20, 2019 Demo Day.

Eligibility Requirements for Tulsa StartUp Series Pitch Competitions:

In order to qualify for the Pitch Series, the applicant must be an Oklahoma resident whose business is based in Oklahoma in the idea or prototype phase or have a business that is less than one year old. Furthermore, the business must have less than $25,000 in revenue, invested capital or debt. Company officers/participant team members must be legal residents of the United States. Applicants for the Cyber Security Series do not need to be current Oklahoma residents but should plan to base their business in Tulsa for a twelve month period following the Live Pitch at the Tulsa Cyber Summit. Additionally, company officers/participant team members cannot be directors, officers, or employees of the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation, Riata Center for Entrepreneurship at OSU, Cox Business or Cox Media. Immediate family members of each of the above are also disqualified. Students who are not employed by the Riata Center for Entrepreneurship at OSU are allowed to compete. Not-for-profit submissions will be be accepted so long as the pitch is for an idea utilizing business principles for revenue generation. A for-profit business which benefits or donates its proceeds to a registered non-profit is not disqualified under these rules.

To enter, applicants must fill out an entry form that includes valid contact information and their 60-second video pitch. Prior to beginning their pitch, the applicant must read the Tulsa StartUp Series Info and Disclaimer which states “My name is ____, my business is called ____, and this is my pitch for the Tulsa StartUp Series.”

By submitting a pitch, you represent and warrant to the Tulsa StartUp Series powered by the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation that you have all right, title and/or interest in the pitch and related documents submitted and the information it contains is original, accurate and complete, and that by submitting the pitch and related documents to the Tulsa StartUp Series powered by  Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation you are not and will not be violating any contract or third party rights including any patent, copyright, trade secret, proprietary or confidential information, trademark, publicity or privacy right.