Cowboy Idea Hatchery
The Cowboy Idea Hatchery is a student business incubator located on the fourth Floor of the Spears School of Business in Room 405C, that will provide resources and service for new start-ups. The Incubator will help start-ups establish themselves and “hatch” into a company that can stand on its own. If you are interested in being a part of the Cowboy Idea Hatchery, please fill out the online application located on this page and the Riata Center for Entrepreneurship will contact you about your application.
The Cowboy Idea Hatchery is an extension of the Riata Center for Entrepreneurship and is open to all students in every discipline across campus. The Riata Center and the Cowboy Idea Hatchery will promote entrepreneurial spirit at Oklahoma State University and the surrounding communities. The focus will be on ventures that students dream will become something of value.
The Cowboy Idea Hatchery will fuel dreams into reality with cost effective office space along with focused support. In conjunction with the Hatchery, the growth ventures will have access to business consultation and interaction with fellow student entrepreneurs, local entrepreneurs, faculty, administrators and staff.
The Cowboy Idea Hatchery’s goal is to have businesses “hatch” and realize their dreams and entrepreneurial pursuits.
Cowboy Hatchery Teams –Business Plan Competition 2011
“The Cowboy Idea hatchery provides the ideal atmosphere for a venture to develop. Enrollment in the hatchery provides direct interaction with top entrepreneurs, mentors and experts who are engaged in assisting the ventures…”
–Shoaib Shaikh, CEO XploSafe LLC
“Being a part of the Cowboy Idea Hatchery has accelerated my company’s progress tremendously. The support we received and the resources we have access to through the program are invaluable.”
-Robert M. Villarreal, Founder CleanNG
Students Businesses in the Hatchery
Incubator Residents – Fall 2012
Classera – Classera combines a Learning Management System (LMS), online grading, accounting, and distance learning modules and much more all in one place in order to create a comprehensive solution for all e-learning needs.
Founder(s): Mohammad Almadani (Industrial Engineering); Zhong Jei Lau (Industrial Engineering)
MaxQ – MaxQ, an Oklahoma based LLC, has developed a thin light weight insulation composite material. Using this advanced material, MaxQ is developing a new generation of insulated shipping container for safe transportation of temperature sensitive goods. These containers have 10 times more insulating capacity with exceptional mechanical properties compared to industry standard polystyrene containers.
Founder(s): Saravan Kumar (Mechanical & Aerospace); Balaji Jayakuma (Mechanical & Aerospace); Jessica Shelton (Architecture); Kedar Pai (Mechanical & Aerospace); Shoiab Shaikh (Business)
Plasma Bionics – Plasma Bionics is a technology company focused on utilizing non-thermal plasma. This technology will be marketed and designed to meet the needs of medical facilities for sterilization, as well as consumers seeking sanitization solutions.
Founder(s): Clinton Miller (Business); Roshan Revankar (Mechanical & Aerospace); Kedar Pai (Mechanical & Aerospace); Jayalakshmi Nair (Information Systems)
PristineCal – PristineCal LLC is a producer of purified, heavy-metal and strontium free calcium for the food and vitamin supplement market.
Founder(s): Stacey Brandhorst (Business); Rachel Mui (Business)
Ray Grand Apparel – An apparel design company that celebrates overcoming adversity.
Founder(s): Ray Grandoit (Entrepreneurship)
Virtue & Vineration – V & V is an online service that allows anyone to virtually visit a soldier’s grave. First, the burial site of a fallen soldier is located and for a small fee a wreath and personal note can be placed on the grave, a panoramic image will then be taken of the grave and wreath for the customer.
Founder(s): Flint Holbrook (Biosystems Engineering); Nick Cain (Chemical Engineering)
Zulu Aviation – Zulu Aviation Products, LLC was developed to improve the existing Night Vision Goggle, or NVG, lens cover and lanyard assembly currently used in the military and civilian aviation industry. Zulu Aviation Products, or ZAP, is also in the process of developing a new lens cover for the PVS-14 NVGs, which are used by military and law enforcement officers on the ground. In the near future, ZAP will conduct research and development for lens covers to be used on expensive camera lenses.
Founder(s): Timothy McDonald (Business)