Do you have a food product or an idea for a retail business that could be the next BIG thing? The Tulsa StartUp Series is looking for innovations in food or retail products and your idea could win $2,500. Tell us about it in just 60 seconds, and you’re in!


The winner of the Food/Retail Series will be awarded $2,500 to test or advance their business, a three-month membership to 36°North, a spot in the Venture Assessment Program at i2E and a mentor who is available to meet with the business owner for at least three months.


To apply, create a 60-second video and upload to www.tulsastartupseries.com before the deadline.


Applications are accepted from June 1 to July 6. The Top Five will be named on July 13 at Cultivate918 and the finalists will pitch live on July 20 at 36°North. The winner will be named immediately following the live pitch competition.


The Tulsa StartUp Series, powered by Tulsa Community College and the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation, helps entrepreneurs innovate and accelerate their businesses with the focus on delivering resources and mentoring opportunities to entrepreneurs.

The Tulsa StartUp Series features five pitch competitions categorized by business segment and culminates with Demo Day during Global Entrepreneurship Week in November. The five Pitch Series winners get an automatic bid to compete at Demo Day, where the winner receives $15,000, a year-long membership to 36°North and a dedicated mentor.

About Tulsa Community College

TCC is one of the most comprehensive community colleges in the United States ranking 36th in the nation in the number of Associate Degrees it awards among nearly 1,100 community colleges nationwide. Serving nearly 28,000 students annually in credit courses, TCC is the state’s largest two-year college with four campuses in the Tulsa area. For more information on TCC, visit www.tulsacc.edu.

TCC Mission Statement

Tulsa Community College betters its community through the intellectual achievement, creative energy, and responsible citizenship of its students, faculty, and staff by their engagement in teaching, learning, and service opportunities that transform and enrich lives. Tulsa Community College commits to innovative, flexible, and affordable public higher education that responds to a dynamic global environment.

 About Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation

The Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation (LTFF) was established in 1997 and focuses on initiatives that promote entrepreneurial thinking and spur economic development in Tulsa. Led by Elizabeth Frame Ellison, LTFF acts as a grant maker, innovator, and convener to support building a thriving entrepreneurial community. In 2014, Ellison founded Cultivate918 as a program of LTFF to encourage collaboration between entrepreneurs and the organizations that serve them.

Recent grant recipients include 36°N, Cultivate 918, Fab Lab, 501Technet, the Mine, Kitchen 66 and the Tulsa StartUp Series. For more information, visit www.lobecktaylor.com and connect with us on Twitter at @LobeckTaylorFF.