Center for Emerging Technology and Entrepreneurial Studies (CETES)
The Center for Emerging Technology and Entrepreneurial Studies (CETES) is a consolidated economic development venture that operates out of Cameron University to promote the creation and growth of technology-based companies, create skilled employment opportunities, and prepare people to be effective contributors to the 21st century economy of southwest Oklahoma.
In order to advance economic development in the region and in response to the Economic Development Generating Excellence (EDGE) study, Cameron established CETES, a multipurpose, multidiscipline center with fully integrated facilities, programs and support services to both client companies and the existing regional cluster of software, multimedia and simulation companies.
CETES connects innovative academic programs with economic development expertise to build new industries and create jobs for Oklahomans. CETES focuses on forming new companies with its business incubator program as well as providing services to existing companies through strategic consulting. The center also participates in critical economic development partnerships to grow Oklahoma's economy.
Key Functions of CETES
CETES attempts to grow and nurture emerging technology companies in a state-of-the-art technology incubator, providing a structure that assists the companies with technological support, angel and venture capital networking, and developing vital entrepreneurial skills so necessary to success.
CETES looks to assist in efforts to support the viability and expansion of technology-based military missions at Fort Sill and Altus Air Force Base. The long-standing partnership between Cameron and the area's military facilities has resulted in the formation of new technology companies and a highly educated and skilled workforce. CETES has provided a stronger role in this dynamic partnership with the development of its complex.
CETES works to create a viable 21st century workforce skilled to work with and invent the technologies so critical to the future of this region. The integrated CETES experience attracts students and creates the critical mass of skilled workers that is the essential ingredient for developing or locating high-performance companies in a community.
CETES provides a catalyst and center point for regional economic development activities in southwest Oklahoma, consistent with higher education's activist role in the implementation of EDGE initiatives.
CETES Conference Center
Cameron's CETES Conference Center is the second phase of the innovative Center for Emerging Technology and Entrepreneurial Studies. The CETES Conference Center is a state-of-the-art facility available to host a variety of events to meet conferencing needs, including regional conferences, annual association meetings, awards banquets, receptions and more intimate meetings.
The main room of the CETES Conference Center is a divisible space with three room-size options to meet a variety of conferencing needs. The flexibility offers capacity for approximately 175 people, with room for more or less depending upon setup style. The conference center is equipped with three independent dropdown video screens and projection systems to assist with presentations as well as video conferences. There are also two podiums with full sound, DVD and Blu-ray equipment and laptop connectivity.
Business Incubator Facilities
CETES has a business incubator, housed in a newly remodeled building that offers state-of-the-art office space for 12 companies. Each tenant has 24-hour access to the building, with professional furnishings, high-speed data connections, wireless capability and telephone service, among other amenities.
Economic Development Partnerships
Cameron University, through CETES, has partnered with several economic development organizations in order to generate wealth, create jobs, retain and grow businesses, and establish a brighter future for southwest Oklahoma. CETES provides the expertise and experience of its staff along with the resources of the university to develop solutions to economic and workforce challenges.