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For-Profit, Venture Capital Arm

Cowboy Technologies is the for-profit venture capital arm of The Innovation Foundation at OSU. Cowboy Technologies, LLC, makes returns-based investments in internal OSU technology development projects and growth startups affiliated with OSU, including those licensing OSU intellectual property. We also prepare and position our portfolio startups to successfully raise capital from our network of aligned venture capital partners.
  • Export sales of high-value products and services

  • Diversification of the region and state economy

  • Quality jobs and retention of high caliber OSU graduates and faculty

  • Ongoing commercially relevant research and education opportunities with OSU

  • Local reinvestment in addition to attraction of outside investment

Investment Funding

Cowboy Technologies provides investment into commercially viable OSU and OSU-affiliated technology-based startups and OSU internal projects with strong commercial teams. We are OSU’s most aligned investment partner.  Investment vehicles include:
  • OSU internal project convertible equity investment

  • Startup pre-seed and seed convertible equity and priced equity investment

  • Riata Pre-Seed Fund, a student-specific managed fund

Cowboy Technologies Portfolio

Plasma Bionics, LLC

Utilizing patented technology licensed from OSU, Plasma Bionics LLC provides its Air Plasma Sterilization® device to veterinarians (hospitals, doctors, and dentists in the future) to rapidly destroy microorganisms on heat sensitive instrument surfaces, at low temperature, without chemical consumables, no byproducts, all at a lower cost compared ethylene oxide (EO), and vaporized hydrogen peroxide (VHP) sterilization devices.


Plasma Bionics

Roll-2-Roll Technologies, LLC

Utilizing patented technology licensed from OSU, Roll-2-Roll Technologies LLC provides accurate and adaptive web sensors for web converting manufacturers that increase productivity, save setup time, reduce waste, and save money with a single solution for multiple inspection and guiding applications.


R2R Technologies

Weaver Labs, LLC

Utilizing patented technology licensed from OSU, Weaver Labs is a chemical compound research and production company providing custom compound synthesis and intellectual property with expertise in fluorinated compounds that provide pharmaceutical companies and agrochemical companies faster time to market of more effective drugs and plant herbicides. In addition, the company aims to provide environmentally regulated entities effective and cost efficient PFAS/PFOA detection and remediation solutions.


Weaver Labs

Cowboy Technologies ImpactOSU's Venture Accelerator - Since 2012

OSU inventions supported

Commercial grants awarded (OCAST, SBIR, STTR)

Sponsored Research Investments in OSU Projects

Seed Investment in Startups

Other Venture Investment Raised

Startups launched


Explore Our Startup Partner Organizations


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Daniel Will

Executive Director

Cowboy Enterprises

Office: (405) 744-4156

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John Nickel 

Assistant Director

Cowboy Technologies

Office: (405) 744-3880

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