6th Annual Tulsey Awards

The Tulsey Awards

We recognize the vital importance of entrepreneurs to influence our quality of life, impact Tulsa’s economic strength and inspire us to reach for something more. The Tulsey Awards are designed to engage the citizenry of the Tulsa Metro region in a unique entrepreneurial awards celebration.

The sixth annual Tulsey Awards recognize the entrepreneurial visionaries, game changers and rule breakers of the Tulsa Metro region. If you know of an entrepreneur, or are an entrepreneur yourself, who represents a symbol of entrepreneurial excellence, please consider  nominating him/her under one of the ten Tulsey Awards categories: Civic, Emerging, Entertainment, Executive of the Year, Green, Interactive, Restaurateur, Serial, Service Provider of the Year, and Young. All entrepreneurs included in the public voting process will automatically be entered into the Entrepreneur of the Year category.


On November 21, 2013, The Tulseys will recognize and celebrate ten inspirational Tulsa entrepreneurs, along with a special appearance from the winner of the 2013 TCC StartUp Cup Powered by the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation, at the world-famous Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame.


The Tulsey Awards celebration is the climax event of the 2013 Tulsa Global Entrepreneurship Week. You will not want to miss this MTV Music- and Webby Awards-inspired celebration. Plan to attend November 21, 2013, from 7-10 p.m.


The Tulseys are publicly-driven awards to honor excellence in entrepreneurialism, established to enhance the closing ceremony of Tulsa’s 7th annual Global Entrepreneurship Week celebration.


An entrepreneur is a person who has possession of an enterprise or venture and assumes significant accountability for the inherent risks and the outcome. An ambitious leader who combines land, labor and capital to create and market new goods or services.


The Tulsey Awards competition is open to any entrepreneur living and/or working in the Tulsa Metro region who has been involved in founding, co-founding and/or starting a businesses and/or organizational endeavors. Eligible entries can range from startup to ongoing business endeavors. Entrepreneurs are only eligible in one main category. Every entrepreneur participating in the public voting process will automatically be eligible for Entrepreneur of the Year. Winners of a 2013 Tulsey Award are not eligible for nomination in the same category in which they won previously. The previous winners may be nominated for an alternative category based upon qualification and will be included in the Entrepreneur of the Year category. A completed online nomination form must accompany each entry. Tulsey Award winners will receive a hand-cast bronze Golden Driller statuette, symbolizing the entrepreneurial excellence of Tulsa.


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  • Sept. 12th: Tulsey Awards Kickoff - Nominations Open
  • Oct. 6th: Tulseys Nominations Close
  • Oct. 16th: Tulseys Voting Opens
  • Nov. 8th: Tulseys Voting Closes
  • Nov. 21st: Tulsey Awards Ceremony
Tulsa Global Entrepreneur Week

Since the first TulsaGEW was held in 2007, over 5,894 people have participated in more than 86 events around Tulsa.

TulsaGEW also plays a vital role in growing jobs through startups.