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Global Entrepreneurship Week: High-Growth Track

  • 36 Degrees North 36 East Cameron Street Tulsa, OK, 74103 United States (map)

For high-growth startup founders with solid business concepts who want to scale quickly. If you’re raising investor money and working to exponentially grow your customer base, this is the track for you.

Date: Tuesday, November 13
Venue: 36 Degrees North
Cost: $25 (includes all High-Growth Track workshops, lunch on Tuesday, and admission to all GEW 2018 evening events)

Schedule- More Details Below:
Registration @ 8:00am - 8:30am
Understanding Term Sheets @ 8:30am - 10:00am
Leveraging Federal Grants @ 10:15am - 11:45am
Hiring Tech Talent @ Noon - 1:00pm
Building a Sales Process @ 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Ask the Experts @ 3:00pm - 4:30pm

Sponsored by The Oklahoma Venture Forum, The Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation, The OSU Riata Center and 36 Degrees North.

Understanding Term Sheets @ 8:30am - 10:00am
Finding funds is tough, understanding the term sheets associated with those funds can be a real challenge. Entrepreneurs in the high growth track will have the opportunity to work through what a term sheet is and what makes it a good deal for them.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Valuation

  • Use of funds

  • Deal structure

  • Investor preferences

  • Governance

  • Blocking rights


  • Malachi Blankenship, i2E

  • Mark Lauinger, i2E

  • Ryan McDaniel, Blue Sky Bank

Leveraging Federal Grants @ 10:15am - 11:45am
Learn how to take advantage of the free grant funding available for high-growth startups through the state of Oklahoma.

Are you interested in winning $1.5 million to develop new technologies and grow your business? The Small Business Innovation and Research Program (SBIR) awards more than $2.5 Billion in funding to small businesses across the U.S. every year. Businesses that win SBIR funding do not give up ownership in their company and retain intellectual property rights to anything that is developed using SBIR funding. The Oklahoma Catalyst Programs, an office of the OU Tom Love Innovation Hub, guides Oklahoma small businesses through the SBIR program. Attend this workshop to learn from SBIR expert Tom Wavering, Executive Director of the Tom Love Innovation Hub at the University of Oklahoma.

This workshop will help entrepreneurs, small businesses and researchers:

  • Understand the SBIR program

  • Determine if SBIR is right for them

  • Learn tips for how to win SBIR funding

  • Discover resources that can help them through the SBIR program, including proposal writing, award management, and prototyping assistance

Hiring Tech Talent @ Noon - 1:00pm
Whether you're just starting a company or scaling your team, finding the best talent is key to success. While Tulsa has some great technical talent, it can be difficult to find the people with the right skills. This lunchtime panel will feature perspectives from employees, employers and educators on what it takes to hire the best tech talent.

Key Takeaways:

  • What attracts the best tech talent

  • How to get creative in finding diverse talent

  • Developing junior talent into all-stars

Building and Refining Your Sales Engine @ 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Learn what it takes to connect with today's prospects without having to chase, hound or badger them. In this workshop with Robert Johnson, the founder of Bold Networking, you’ll learn why you should quit discounting to get new business and stop wasting time with free trials and useless proposals. Get the keys to unapologetically getting top dollar in the shortest possible time to close.

Attendees will learn how to:

  • Develop a bold sales process that won't lead to burn out

  • Quit wasting time with missed appointments

  • Stop burning leads by failing to convert opportunities

Ask the Experts @ 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Consider it speed dating with influencers! Some of the most successful entrepreneurs, top figures, and experts will be here for lightning round mentor sessions with YOU!

Key Takeaways:

  • Get expert advice on how to solve the biggest questions facing your business

  • Discover why having a mentor is worth the hype

  • Learn how to make the most of your time with a mentor

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