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November 13, 2007 :: Free Workshop Aims to Help Young Oklahoma Entrepreneurs

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Budding entrepreneurs have an opportunity this month to get free advice from investors and business leaders who are eager to help them become the next high-tech entrepreneur in Oklahoma.

That’s the idea behind the upcoming workshop “Who Wants to Be an Entrepreneur?” The workshop is scheduled for Nov. 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the University of Oklahoma in Norman at the Thurman J. White Forum Building.

“Who Wants to Be an Entrepreneur?” is open to young entrepreneurs, college students and college faculty. Participants will learn how to build successful high-tech businesses in Oklahoma and what’s required for turning an idea into a fundable business plan. Participants will also learn about the “Governor’s Cup,” Oklahoma’s annual statewide collegiate business plan competition in March.

The workshop will be led by top Oklahoma business professionals, entrepreneurs, service providers and investors who will share their experience and knowledge about the technology commercialization process. Their presentations will address locating available venture capital, writing a good business plan and learning about other successful entrepreneurs and their innovations.

The workshop is free, and lunch is provided. However, registration is required. Participants can register online at www.okepscor.org/events.asp or by calling (405) 744-9964.

“Who Wants to Be an Entrepreneur?” is an annual event sponsored by the Oklahoma Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) and i2E. Both are non-profit organizations that promote research in Oklahoma.