Small Business Division

For the second year, the Governor’s Cup is broadening the scope of the competition to every campus in Oklahoma through the Small Business Division. The Small Business Division is open to non research campuses, two-year colleges and private regional universities.

While you can still compete in the High Growth Division, the new Small Business Division offers the opportunity to write business plans around any basic business concept, such as a retail operation, a service business, a restaurant, a custom welding shop, etc., provided the approach to the business concept is innovative and/or unique. In other words, the approach to the small business needs to be original or demonstrate strategic creativity, versus a simple replication of an existing proven business model.

Teams in the Small Business Division will compete for $40,000 in cash prizes and scholarships.

Please keep in mind that any concept that has  potential for higher utilization, a broad user base, scalability, or can be easily transferable to larger markets and segments is not eligible for the small business division and will need to be entered in the high growth division.  Eligibility discretion is up to the competition management and can be determined at any point during the competition- including any business models that are changed for the oral competition submission that do not meet the aforementioned criteria. 

The menu to the left will walk you through the process of participating in the Small Business Division.

Governor's Cup News

Innovators: Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup

April 16, 2014

The most difficult aspect of helping develop a winning business plan is to step back and let it fail, said assistant business professor Amber Hefner at Oklahoma State University.

TU teams take top prizes at GovCup

April 14, 2014

Some top business plans helped propel teams from the University of Tulsa to first place in a couple of divisions in the 10th annual Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup competition for Oklahoma college students.

Dinner honors top business plans

April 14, 2014

For the second consecutive year, a team from OSU-OKC won the Small Business Division of the Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup, while University of Tulsa teams also swept first place in both High Growth Division categories.

Top GovCup Business Plans Rewarded

April 10, 2014

Concepts proposing an innovative putter for golfers, an alarm for parents of children suffering from asthma and a mammoth shooting sports range all were recognized as top business plans the annual Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup.