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October 3, 2008 :: Free Workshop Aims to Help Young Oklahoma Entrepreneurs

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Young entrepreneurs, college students and faculty will have an opportunity to learn the key elements to becoming a successful entrepreneur during the annual “Who Wants to Be an Entrepreneur?” workshop.

The workshop is scheduled for Oct. 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bricktown Events Center in Oklahoma City. The deadline to register for the workshop is Oct. 12.

“Who Wants to Be an Entrepreneur?” is open to all college-level entrepreneurs, students and faculty. Participants will learn the key elements to include in a business plan, how to successfully present a plan to investors, what investors are looking for in an entrepreneur, and local resources for start-up, technology-based businesses.

Participants will also learn about the “Governor’s Cup,” Oklahoma’s annual statewide collegiate business plan competition in March, and hear ways to improve the odds of winning nearly $200,000 in cash awards.

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.

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.