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Investment Funding

Cowboy Technologies provides investment into commercially viable OSU and OSU-affiliated, technology-based, high-growth potential startups and OSU internal projects with strong commercial teams.  We are OSU’s most aligned investment partner and desire to capitalize on OSU and Oklahoma’s inventive and driven people.  Through our early-stage investments and our network of business professionals and investment partners, we aim to diversify the Oklahoma economy and generate economic growth through export sales and high-quality jobs.


Our investment vehicles include:


Cowboy Technologies Investment

For Internal OSU Technology Projects

Cowboy Technologies is making convertible equity investments in internal OSU technology projects with strong commercial potential and strong development teams.


Investment Criteria:

  • OSU invention disclosed

  • Intellectual property protection initial understanding

  • Strong technology development team

  • Lab bench prototype developed/evaluated with positive outcomes

  • Target market customer needs/opportunity initial understanding

  • Value proposition of eventual product/service solution initial understanding

  • Investment funds used to develop technology towards a minimal viable product or service

  • Investment funds deployed to OSU faculty’s internal account

  • Investment made as a simple agreement for future equity in a TBD startup

  • Investment size typically $10,000 to $100,000


For Startups Licensing OSU Technology

Cowboy Technologies is making pre-seed and seed convertible equity and priced equity investments in Oklahoma-based startups licensing OSU technology.


Investment Criteria:

  • Oklahoma-based startups with high growth potential

  • Licensed OSU technology

  • Startup’s pre-seed and seed rounds having:

    • Customer-environment prototype demonstrated

    • Target market customer value proposition initially validated

    • High-growth business model and go-to-market plan initial understanding

    • Strong co-founder team and/or advisors that represents technology and business aspects

    • Funds used to launch product/service to market and gain initial customer traction

  • Investment made either as a convertible note or preferred equity

  • $10,000 to $150,000 investment


Riata Pre-Seed Fund

For Currently Enrolled OSU Students


The OSU Riata Pre-Seed Fund, sponsored out of the Riata Center for Entrepreneurship in partnership with Brightest Orange Ventures, provides early-stage startup and OSU investment up to $25,000 to support the entrepreneurial aspirations of any currently enrolled OSU student. The Riata Pre-Seed Fund is open for applications three times per year. 


Learn More about Riata Pre-Seed Fund

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