The Tulsa Collaboratorium, an entrepreneurial resource center based in downtown, is hosting an Entrepreneurship Summit on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at the Center for Creativity. The Summit is a day – long conference designed to support and motivate start-ups and business owners to take their endeavors to the next level. In addition, the Summit’s goal is to continue supporting the City of Tulsa’s economic development initiative.

“The Tulsa Collaboratorium is one example of how we can grow jobs and support entrepreneurs in Tulsa,” Mayor Dewey Bartlett said. “Most recently, the Mayor’s Office and City Council comprised goals and objectives setting a future vision for Tulsa. Entrepreneurship was one area of focus that we believe should be highlighted and I look forward to the continued job growth made by the entrepreneurs located at the Tulsa Collaboratorium.”

Keynote speakers from across the country are coming to speak, including Dave Mathews, and Founder of NeuAer in San Francisco, CA and Thom Ruhe, Director of Entrepreneurship of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in Washington, DC. Area business leaders will conduct coaching sessions on the following topics: strategic communications, understanding business and financial models, raising capital for business and sales and solutions for business.

“Since launching in 2008 over 72 startups have received coaching from the Collaboratorium and 18 member companies have generated 45 new jobs, adding over $2,071,935 to Tulsa’s annual payroll,” said Sean Griffin, Collaboratorium Board Chairman and Founder. “Locally grown entrepreneurs are critical in our effort to foster a ‘culture of start-ups’ in Tulsa, where people of any age or economic background are empowered to take risks and follow their dreams.”

Sponsors for the 2012 Tulsa Collaboratorium Summit include: Alcatel Lucent, City of Tulsa, Consumer Affairs, i2E and the University of Tulsa. For more information, updates or to register for the 2012 Collaboratorium Summit, visit tulsacollab.com

Updated 04-22-2012

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