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The Oklahoma Venture Forum, Venture of the Year Award and Most Promising New Business Awards are two of the most prestigious recognitions a company can receive because they represent the triumph of the entrepreneurial dream and spirit. Nominations are now open for the 2018 awards. The Oklahoma Venture Forum, as a means of publicly recognizing the achievements of successful Oklahoma businesses, has produced the awards biennially since 1989. The 2018 awards will be presented in ceremonies to be held in May 2018, at the Oklahoma History Center. There is no cost to enter, but the competition is keen. Each finalist will be invited to attend the awards presentation and will receive a plaque recognizing its growth and success.

Support the company of your choice by recommending its selection in this prestigious competition. 

● INNOVATION

● GROWTH

● PROFITABILITY

● QUALITY MANAGEMENT

● ECONOMIC IMPACT

● INDUSTRY/COMMUNITY REPUTATION

Evaluation criteria for the Venture of the Year Award will be based on:

• product or service innovation

• revenues and capital raised

• profitability

• management quality

• market penetration and growth

• economic impact

• industry and community reputation

Evaluation criteria for the Most Promising New Business Award will be based on:

• product or service innovation

• actual or potential revenue growth

• funding

• leadership/management quality

• market potential

• potential economic impact

• industry and community recognition

Nominees for the Oklahoma Venture Forum Venture of the Year Awards must have been formed after January 1, 2008 and have revenues of at least $1 million dollars during the last fiscal year, or show evidence that the company will generate revenues of at least $1 million dollars in the current fiscal year.  Capital raised can be considered and should be noted on the application.   

Nominees for the Most Promising New Business Award must have been formed after January 1, 2015.  Financials should support a business growth trend as evidenced by revenue or capital formation.  All nominated companies must be independently owned and operated (not a division, subsidiary or controlled affiliate of another company) and headquartered in Oklahoma.  

The award winners will be selected by judges from the OVF membership. The judges will review the information on the forms and may request additional company and financial information. All information will be kept confidential.

Nominations must be completed and returned by Friday January 26th, 2018, to the Oklahoma Venture Forum at the address on the form. If you have any questions concerning the awards, please contact OVF Executive Director, Che’ Loessberg at (405) 604-4775 or che@ovf.org.

Download an application for Venture of the Year Award   HERE

Download and application for Most Promising New Business HERE


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