November 14-18, 2016

Global Entrepreneurship Week is a celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. During one week each November, GEW inspires people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators.

In Tulsa, GEW is an opportunity to explore the entrepreneurial community and startup companies that are changing the world- and the programs and resources that have helped them along the way. Whether you've been in business for 60 years or you're just thinking about starting, there's something at GEW for you.



Andrew Stroup

Keynote Speaker

Andrew Stroup is a serial entrepreneur focused on technology-driven initiatives with domain expertise in software, cybersecurity, robotics, and government. He currently serves as SVP, Global Information Security at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, building a X team to tackle moonshot goals to solve the hardest problems facing fin tech, cybersecurity, and the world. The Oklahoma State alumni also served as a White House Presidential Innovation Fellow. Read more about Andrew. 

Scott Meacham

"Do or Die" Panel Moderator

As the President and CEO of i2E, Scott Meacham leads efforts to create jobs in Oklahoma through the development of and investment in high growth companies. His previous experience includes serving as a shareholder and director at Crowe & Dunlevy law firm, State Treasurer of Oklahoma, CEO of First National Bank & Trust of Elk City, and partner at Meacham & Meacham law firm. A fifth generation Oklahoman and a graduate of Chickasha High School, Scott holds a Bachelor’s degree in finance, a Masters of Business Administration and a law degree, all from the University of Oklahoma.

Jessica Kinsey

"How to Start a Business: For Students" Workshop Instructor

Jessica Kinsey, Creator of Prodigy & Co, Co-Founder/CEO of LaunchPad Labs, Adjunct Professor on Creativity & Innovation and innovation junkie, is a self-described nerd, determined to learn as much as she possibly can. With a love of thinking differently, she commits her time to helping entrepreneurs and creative leaders in a wide range of markets and industries Find their Genius. She has over nine years’ experience with a Fortune 500 energy company, has led four collegiate teams to win first place in high-growth business plan competitions, and has been on the founding team of multiple startups.

James Lovely

"I'm a Student Entrepreneur" Panel Moderator

James Lovely is a Venture Advisor for i2E. He supports overall business commercialization efforts by identifying companies that can benefit from i2E advisory services, navigating them through the development pathway, and facilitating angel and venture capital financing where appropriate. James holds broad experience in commercial, operations, and financial analytics via tenure in the energy and banking industries. A native Tulsan, James graduated from Cascia Hall Preparatory School and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and an MBA from the Oklahoma State University. 

David Jeter

"Do or Die" Panelist

David Jeter is the Senior Vice President and Regional Manager for Business Banking for Bank of Oklahoma. Prior to banking, David served as District Manager for the Charles Machine Works, in Perry, OK and was responsible for a nine state territory in the Northern U.S. David has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from Oklahoma State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Oklahoma. He currently serves on the Tulsa Regional Tourism Executive Board and is the incoming Chairman of the Tulsa Sports Commission.

Stacey Brandhorst

"Do or Die" Panelist

As a Venture Advisor, Stacey works with i2E portfolio and client companies to position them on the high growth trajectory. Stacey came to i2E from the Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla in Puebla, Mexico where she was International Liaison and U.S. Program Coordinator. Prior to her position with UPAEP, Stacey also served as a Manager of Programs and Outreach for the Riata Center for Entrepreneurship at Oklahoma State University. Stacey is also co-founder and CEO of PristineCal, a start-up dedicated to producing ultra-pure calcium powder.

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Weston Bergmann

"Do or Die" Panelist

Weston Bergmann is the Lead Investor of BetaBlox, a for-equity business incubator that was started in Kansas City in 2012. Since inception, they've helped more than 100 entrepreneurs get their startups off the ground. Their success led them to expand to their second city, Tulsa in July of 2016. The expansion was possible thanks to a partnership with the Oklahoma Innovation Institute. Weston is also an angel investor having invested in everything from restaurants to virtual reality.


Remmi Smith

Student Entrepreneurship Panelist

Remmi Smith is the co-founder of Cook Time with Remmi, a health-based company for kids and families. She has a partnership with Whole Foods Market and has appeared in Forbes, Inc. Magazine, Good Day Tulsa, Harry Connick Jr and the Food Network. Remi started the company in 2008, at eight-years-old, by hosting an online cooking show featuring kid-friendly recipes. Cook Time with Remmi was then picked up by Cox Communications and aired every day in Tulsa. Remmi also started Chef Club Box, a subscription service delivering healthy, on-the-go snacks each month. 

Grant Burke

Student Entrepreneurship Panelist

Grant Burke is the co-founder of GradeDeck, an automated examination platform designed to help teachers save time and money when grading test. The University of Oklahoma alumni says his goal is to make a meaningful impact on education. Learn more about Grant in this special profile by KOTV News On 6. 


Forrest Hull

Student Entrepreneurship Panelist

Forrest Hull started his first business at age 13, welding jewelry together and selling his products at school and church. Since then, he caught the entrepreneurial bug and started two businesses: Forward Designs, a jewelry company, and Paradigm Creative, an iPhone application development firm. Forrest was recently awarded the Harold Cogman Young Entrepreneur Award and earned a spot on the National Federation of Independent Businesses “Top 100 Young Entrepreneurs List."


1 Million Cups Presenter

Utown is a social navigation company. Our mission is to enable individuals to explore, share and interact in real-time with what’s happening in their community.

Project 1948

1 Million Cups Presenter

Project 1948,  a new and noteworthy NGO, is committed to empowering and advocating for global social change. Through arts-based data analysis, we are bridging photography- an art- and the human voice - a science- to create policy change in Bosnia and Herzegovina.



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Pre-GEW Events



Kickoff at Kitchen 66
Monday, Nov 14 @ 11:00am- 1:00pm at Kitchen 66
Come kick off Global Entrepreneurship Week with a fun, farmers market- style lunch at Kitchen 66. The food incubator's latest tenants will be unveiling their newest recipes for everyone to try.

Lab to Launch
Monday, Nov 14 @ 5:30pm- 7:30pm at 36 Degrees North

Lab to Launch is a networking event bringing together university researchers and entrepreneurs to identify strong partnerships for commercializing high-tech products. 



How to Start a Business (For Students)
Tuesday, Nov 15 @ 9:00am- 11:00am at 36 Degrees North

Just because you're still in school doesn't mean you can't start your business today. If you want a practical, step-by-step guide for getting your business idea off the ground, be sure to attend this free workshop.

"I'm a Student Entrepreneur"
Tuesday, Nov 15 @ 2:00pm- 3:00pm at 36 Degrees North

Hear inspiring stories from real-life student entrepreneurs who are building successful businesses while balancing schoolwork at the same time.

Do or Die: How to Keep Your Startup Alive and Well
Tuesday, Nov 15 @ 5:00pm- 7:00pm at i2E

In the fast-paced world of startups a mistake can be deadly; learn how to avoid the pitfalls of those who have gone before you in a discussion led by i2E CEO, Scott Meacham.



1 Million Cups
Wednesday, Nov 16 @ 9:00am- 10:00am at 36 Degrees North

1MC is a weekly event for entrepreneurs to present their startups to a diverse audience of mentors, advisors and business owners.

Women's Coworking Day
Wednesday, Nov 16 @ 10:00am- 3:00pm at 36 Degrees North

Need to knock out a bunch of work? Want some feedback on a project you’re working on? Eager to build community with other women entrepreneurs? Join us for Women’s Coworking Day. We’ll start by attending the 1 Million Cups presentation at 9:00am, then FREE coworking for women begins at 10:00am. We’ll also have FREE childcare for children over the age of two.

Tulsa Startup Series Demo Day
Wednesday, Nov 16 @ 5:30pm at the TCC Center for Creativity
Tulsa Startup Series Demo Day is a competition for five companies to pitch their startup for a chance to win $15,000 to launch or accelerate their business.



Tulsa State of Entrepreneurship Report Open House
Thursday, Nov 17 @ 8:00am- 5:00pm at 36 Degrees North
The Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation takes time each year to dive into our community, make observations about our entrepreneurial ecosystem and compile the Tulsa State of Entrepreneurship Report. Come see their findings for 2016 and pick up a copy for yourself at this come-and-go event.

GEW Celebration Dinner
Thursday, Nov 17 @ 6:30pm at the Bond Event Center

Join us for an evening dedicated to recognizing the events of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2016 and all that has been accomplished over the past year for entrepreneurship in Tulsa. We'll celebrate with good food, good friends and a special guest speaker!



Recovery Day
Friday, Nov 18 @ 8:00am- 5:00pm at 36 Degrees North

After a busy week, come chill out at 36°N. Free WiFi and Chimera coffee. No membership necessary.


Venue Locations

36 Degrees North

36 E Cameron St, Tulsa OK 74103


The Bond Event Center

608 E 3rd St, Tulsa OK 74120



618 E 3rd St, Tulsa OK 74120


Kitchen 66

907 S Detroit Ave, Tulsa OK 74120


TCC Center for Creativity

909 S Boston Ave, Tulsa OK 74119