The Entrepreneurship Center focuses on leveraging existing entrepreneurial resources and filling identified gaps by providing education, training and through promotion and networking to the entrepreneurial community which includes entrepreneurs, investors and children. The full-spectrum objective is to develop and support "home grown" emerging growth companies and a business climate of entrepreneurial activity. The Oklahoma Innovation Institute will collaborate with other community resources in the development of the Entrepreneurship Center.
One of the Center's efforts, the Kids Dreams and Ideas program is designed to foster a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship with students (pre-K to 16) in the Tulsa area. It builds on the success of Oklahoma's very high national ranking in early childhood development.
Another program, the Entrepreneur Best Practices Service, identifies, enables and promotes entrepreneurial companies and accelerates the entrepreneurial culture of the Tulsa region through best practice programs, mentoring and internships. It will also create relationships with colleges and universities’ entrepreneurial studies programs, as well as technical training institutions across Oklahoma.
Lastly, the Investor Best Practices Service is devoted to education and training of angel and venture capital investors, and will create alliances with the national trade associations – Angel Capital Association, Venture Capital Institute, NVCA, NASBIC, Kauffman Foundation.