There have been about a dozen winners in the Spirit Awards, but dozens more entrepreneurs have gone through the competition and been influenced by the judges during the competition, said Sean Griffin, chairman of Tulsa Global Entrepreneurship Week and a judge in the competition.
Tulsa Global Entrepreneurship Week, which began Monday and runs through the end of the week, provides an avenue to understand what is required to start a company and plug into the entrepreneurial programming, Griffin said.
For the fifth straight year, entrepreneurs, business leaders and educators will be hosting events during the week for anyone interested in entrepreneurialism.
Each year more than 100 applicants in the spring are trimmed to 25, then 12, then the top seven in the fall before the top three are awarded prizes in November.
The three winners will be announced on Tuesday at Tulsa Community College in downtown Tulsa.
A growing number of people want to kick the tires of entrepreneurialism and explore the potential of creating their own job through starting a company, Griffin said. And, many of those small business men and women who complete the process do go into business.
"Over the years, a number of startups that have gone through the Spirit Award and were not chosen to advance in the process or won a Spirit Award, but have successfully continued to build their company and grow jobs," Griffin said. …