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October 23, 2006 :: Workshop Aims to Help Young Entrepreneurs Develop High-Tech Ideas

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An upcoming one-day workshop may be the “final answer” for approximately 180 young entrepreneurs, college students and faculty who are eager to learn how to become the next high-tech entrepreneur in Oklahoma and help contribute to the state’s economic prosperity.

That’s the idea behind the workshop entitled “Who Wants to Be an Entrepreneur?” which is scheduled for Oct. 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City. The workshop will take place in the West Lecture Hall of the Basic Science Education Building, 941 Stanton L. Young Blvd.

During this interactive event, top business professionals, entrepreneurs, service providers and investors will meet with college students and faculty and reveal critical information about the navigation of the technology commercialization process and how to build successful businesses in Oklahoma. Participants will focus on the heart, skills and planning required for taking an idea and developing a fundable business plan.

Workshop attendees will hear presentations covering several key topics, including the availability of venture capital, writing a good business plan and learning about other successful entrepreneurs and their innovations. They will also have the opportunity to participate in an open-forum discussion to learn more about Oklahoma’s statewide collegiate business plan competition.

The entrepreneurial workshop is an annual event sponsored by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, the Oklahoma Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), the National Science Foundation and i2E.

For more information, visit www.okepscor.org/events.htm or call Shelley Wear, special programs coordinator for Oklahoma EPSCoR, at 405.225.9287.