The mission of Build in Tulsa is to close the wealth gap in America by catalyzing the creation of multi-generational wealth through tech and entrepreneurship. Rooted in the legacy of Black Wall Street, Build in Tulsa is committed to providing opportunity for entrepreneurs who have historically been denied resources and funding.
At Build in Tulsa, we believe talent is distributed equitably, but far too often opportunity is not. Black entrepreneurs and other underrepresented minorities receive 2-3% of venture capital funding.
Not everyone has family money to help launch a startup. Build in Tulsa is addressing some of those institutional barriers by providing free coworking and cost of living assistance to underrepresented founders. We serve every level of entrepreneur and every stage of company.
Central to our work is our network of accelerator programs, including ACT Tulsa, Lightship Foundation, and Techstars, that pair skills development, networking, and funding to elevate those who far too often are undervalued. We’re committed to providing opportunity for those who have been historically denied and continue to be denied access to funding and resources.
Without the capital, many minority-led businesses never get off the ground. Build in Tulsa is dedicated to those who are often discounted and overlooked. We’re providing entrepreneurs with the human, social, and financial capital needed for success.
In the spirit of Black Wall Street, we are creating a community of entrepreneurs that are working together to achieve excellence. Not only are we providing opportunities for peer support, but we’re also leveraging the expertise of a network of mentors.
We have turned vision into reality. In 2021 Build in Tulsa helped:
Entrepreneurs Accelerated Through ACT Tulsa, Lightship bootcamps, Entrepreneurs-in-residence
People connected through BIT partner, Lightship’s Workflow Wednesdays
People joined in Build in Tulsa’s signature events, 1921 Centennial Commemoration and Black Venture Summit
$1.35 Million raised by Boddle
$2.5 Million raised by Bootup
Words of encouragement about Build In Tulsa