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OKLAHOMA VENTURE FORUM AWARDS 

Deadline extension for applications: New deadline January 27th

The OVF Venture of the Year, Most Promising New Venture and the Award for Economic Impact are three of the most prestigious recognitions a company can receive. The awards represent the triumph of the entrepreneurial dream and spirit. Nominations and applications are now available for the May 2021 OVF 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 2021 awards will be presented in ceremonies to be held in May 2021.

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.

Evaluation criteria for Venture of the Year &
Most Promising New Venture 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

OVF Awards honor those who do more than run a business. They celebrate the achievement of industrial progress or potential balanced with innovation, compassionate leadership, and honors those who emphasize investments in the human spirit as well as the bottom line.

The Award for Economic Impact is bestowed by the OVF Award Selection Committee and recognizes an individual or an organization for exceptional contributions to the Oklahoma economy. The Oklahoma Venture Forum’s Award for Economic Impact has been bestowed to many impactful organizations including The Oklahoma Thunder, Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores, and The Chickasaw Nation.

Venture of the Year

Nominees for the Venture of the Year Awards must have (1) launched its primary product/service within the past ten years, (2) generated sales revenues of $1.0 million or more in its last fiscal year, and (3) shown material economic impact or innovation within its market. Capital raised can be considered and should be noted on the application. All nominated companies must be independently owned and operated (not a division, subsidiary, or controlled affiliate of another company) and headquartered in Oklahoma.

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

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/applications must be completed and returned by January 20, 2021, 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.



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Most Promising New Venture

Nominees for the Most Promising New Venture Award (1) must have begun development of its primary product/service within the past three years; and (2) must demonstrate the viability of its primary product/service, which may be shown through capital raises/grants, sales revenues or potential economic impact or innovation. All nominated companies must be independently owned and operated (not a division, subsidiary, or controlled affiliate of another company) and headquartered in Oklahoma.

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

product or service innovation

minimum viable product

actual or potential revenue growth

sales backlog over next few quarters

funding

leadership/management quality

market potential

potential economic impact

industry and community recognition

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/applications must be completed and returned by January 20, 2021, 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.

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2020 Sponsors & winners


2020 Venture of the Year Award Sponsor & winner



OVF is happy to announce the winner of the 2020 Venture of the Year award, congratulations SendaRide.

Thank you to our Venture of the Year Award Sponsor Mariner Wealth Advisors.


SendaRide provides customized non-emergency medical transport for the health care industry through use of an online technology platform. In the first 2 years of business, SendaRide has found early success in Oklahoma, with reccuring sales to a customer base comprised of hospitals, providers, health plans, and independent living centers. SendaRide provides customers an opportunity to schedule transportation for patients, thereby ensuring that appointments are kept. The no-show rate for patients using SendaRide is less than 1%, compared to a national average of approximately 20% for primary care and specialty medicine.


2020 Most Promising New Venture Award Sponsor
& winner


OVF is excited to announce the winner of the 2020 Most Promising New Business award, congratulations Galvanic Energy.

Many thanks to our MPNB sponsor BBB of Central OK.

Galvanic Energy addresses economic and technical barriers to create an abundant domestic supply of raw materials for alternative-energy future. Galvanic Energy is a new venture, energy-resource exploration company. Galvanic Energy address economic and technical barriers to create an abundant domestic supply of raw materials for our alternative-energy future. Using proprietary hydro-geochemical explorations, Galvanic Energy has identified deep formation, lithium-rich reservoirs. Repurposing oil and gas wells create local economic stimulus and significantly reduces capital required for exploration and development. Galvanic Energy’s approach to lithium extraction has an environmental footprint thousands of times smaller than those of current mining facilities.


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