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About Cowboy Innovation Accelerator

The Cowboy Innovation Accelerator is designed to advance innovation-based, proof-of-concept technologies in the energy, aerospace and advanced mobility, agriculture, and One Health market segments towards venture-backable startup companies and licensable technologies of interest to industry. Through a collection of resources, the Cowboy Innovation Accelerator is fostering innovation-based commercialization in the state of Oklahoma.

Program Resources

Business Model Development through Customer Discovery

Facilitating teams in identifying their unique value propositions and customer segments for product-market fit through the National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps (NSF I-Corps) program.


I-Corps program 

EDA University Center’s Commercial Grant Funding Assistance

Delivering commercial grant assistance for technologies in the northeast region of Oklahoma in the energy, aerospace, agriculture, and One Health sectors interested in SBIR/STTR grants and other commercial opportunities as supported by the Economic Development Agency’s University Center’s grant.


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Cowboy Leaders Network Mentoring and Advising

Offering access to a select network of experienced business management professionals in technology-based fields who can provide deep insights, guidance, and connections for successful business model development, go-to-market strategy, launch, and growth.  


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Startup Formation, Registration, and Business Operations Assistance

Providing essential business support for startups navigating the complexities of formation, registration, and initial operations setup.  

Education Workshops and Networking Events

Creating dynamic opportunities for learning and networking, enabling innovators and entrepreneurs to connect with peers and subject matter experts.  

Connecting Innovators and Startups with OSU Applied Research Expertise

Bridging the gap between industry and OSU by creating alignment between startups’ needs and OSU applied research capabilities.

OKBioStartPrototyping Advancement Award

This award is designed to accelerate pioneering biotechnology research into market-ready innovation. With an award amount of up to $75,000, this initiative invites our enterprising faculty and researchers to progress their research towards a Minimum Viable Product (MVP). The use of these funds is a pivotal opportunity to advance proof-of-concept research towards commercializing technologies and securing venture capital interest and licensing opportunities.

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Contact Us

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Daniel Will

Associate Vice President for Cowboy Enterprises 

(405) 744-4156

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John Nickel 

Assistant Director 

(405) 744-3880

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Chelsea Fitzgerald

Business Development Associate

(405) 744-5357
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