All forms must be received by 3 p.m. on the deadline date.
Who will receive the awards: An individual in the Small Business division and two in the High Growth division competing in the current competition who exemplify the spirit of Oklahoma entrepreneurship through their in-depth knowledge and interest in key business issues.
What will the recipients receive: The winners each will receive a $5,000 scholarship to the Oklahoma university or college of his or her choice for the fall semester following the competition. In addition, they will be given the opportunity to attend and present at one of the Oklahoma Business Roundtable member meetings.
The purpose of this award: The Paulsen Award was established to recognize Oklahoma students with the fortitude to become involved with our state’s economic development. It is named for businessman Donald Paulsen, who also served as Oklahoma Commerce Secretary and Oklahoma Business Roundtable President. The Paulsen Award was designed with the intent to encourage these students to become more involved with business and entrepreneurial aspects. It has a goal of introducing the resources and opportunities available for developing a career in the field of entrepreneurism. The hope is to retain these future business leaders, create home grown businesses and strengthen Oklahoma’s economic development.
Note: This award does not affect the outcome of the business plan competition results and is held separately, yet in conjunction with the competition.
The Process: Participants will be asked to complete a written application. These applications will be reviewed and finalists will be selected and will participate in a 15-minute interview with a panel of Business Roundtable members. This interview will take place during the oral competition.
These panels will determine the recipients of the Paulsen Award which will be announced with the Oral Competition finalists. The winners will also be recognized at the awards dinner.
Official Written Application: Applications will only be accepted by undergraduate and graduate students competing in the Love’s Cup business plan competition.