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Inaugural OSU Cowboy100 event announced

By Darla Shelden, City Sentinel Reporter —

OKLAHOMA CITYThe School of Entrepreneurship and the Riata Center for Entrepreneurship in conjunction with the Oklahoma State University Foundation will host its inaugural Cowboy100 Honoree Gala in Stillwater. The event, set for November 5, will celebrate the 2020 fastest-growing and top 10 revenue-generating OSU graduate-owned or -led businesses.

The Riata Center is part of OSU’s Spears School of Business.

The Cowboy100 was designed to recognize outstanding entrepreneurship throughout OSU’s alumni base while raising funds for the Riata Center’s student programs and activities. It also serves as an additional resource for students to engage with industry leaders and for the Riata Center to become the reference point for entrepreneurship throughout the university. 

“The event recognizes OSU graduates from every college on campus who started and own, or lead, a business in any industry,” said Marc Tower, executive director for the Riata Center and assistant professor of professional practice. “The Cowboy100 companies are ranked on growth and the Blazing 10 on revenue.”

Companies may be located anywhere in the world as long as they are OSU alumni Cowboy-owned or Cowboy-led, according to the press release.

Other qualifications for consideration include: verifiable revenues of $100,000 or more in each calendar year from 2018 to 2020; must have been in business for a minimum of five years; and operate with high integrity.  

JTaylor, Advisory, Assurance and Tax will be processing applications and calculating the compound annual growth rate for each applicant, which will determine the 2020 Cowboy100 and Blazing 10 award winners.

The alphabetical list of honorees will be released in October.

The OSU School of Entrepreneurship’s Cowboy100 nominations and applications are open and available here.  The nomination deadline is June 30 and applications close July 31.  

“A huge impact of launching the Cowboy100 is the opportunity to engage with brand-new OSU alumni and industry-specific experts we have not previously encountered,” said Chad Mills, manager of outreach programs for the Riata Center.

“Engaging with alumni and experts increases our network of mentors, competition judges and guest speakers benefitting our students significantly,” Mills added.

Sponsorship opportunities are available on a limited basis and provide website, pre-show reception or prominent Cowboy100 Honoree Gala recognition. Sponsorship options also include invitations to the pre-show reception, tickets to the gala, reserved parking and mentions in the [email protected] and STATE magazines.

“The Cowboy100 is a celebration for everything the Riata Center for Entrepreneurship supports,” Mills said. “We are constantly working with students pursuing their entrepreneurial ventures, and now we get to honor the entrepreneurial achievements of OSU alumni.”

To learn more about becoming a Cowboy100 sponsor, click here.

OSU’s Spears School of Business serves to prepare people to make a difference in the world by teaching essential interpersonal skills alongside a high-quality business education.

For more information, call 405-744-5064 or visit

From left, Dean of OSU’s Spears School of business Ken Eastman, Amy and Malone Mitchell, founders of the School of Entrepreneurship and Riata Center for Entrepreneurship, and Dr. Bruce Barringer, OSU Professor and the N. Malone Mitchell, Jr. Chair. OSU Website photo