News from 36 Degrees North

Team Highlight: Liz Watts

January 13, 2023

You've seen her around, snapping pics and capturing all the content, but did you know that outside of her day job here at 36°N, Liz Watts runs two creative-focused businesses? There are probably a few other things you didn't know about her like that she used to work at an indie record label in England and that she once snuck into Harry Styles' hotel and managed to meet him. We love her because she's intuitive, scrappy, and an overflowing tap of creative ideas; but there's so much more to uncover in the life of Liz Watts!

Welcome To The Team: Erin Haworth

November 3, 2022

We are so excited that entrepreneur and ops-extraordinaire, Erin Haworth, has joined the 36°N team as our Director of Operations! Erin is also a writer, a Jonas Brothers lover, and a mother to many living things (human and otherwise)! Keep reading to learn some fun facts about Erin and be sure to introduce yourself next time you see her!

Vondell Burns: The Life-Changing Journey From Wall Street To Tulsa

October 13, 2022

From a small town to a big city, and now planted in a place she never even intended to visit, Vondell Burns is the definition of thriving! After battling with imposter syndrome, she decided to leave her Wall Street career to pursue full-time entrepreneurship and built her business Thankless Productions LLC. Spend a few minutes with us as we learn more about Vondell and what she’s up to!

Partner Spotlight: Keep It Local OK

October 3, 2022

You’re probably familiar with Keep It Local cards- maybe you have one, or have seen them proudly displayed at your favorite local spots like Ida Red, Chimera, or Made Indie Emporium. Keep It Local cards offer incentives for “keepin’ it local” and supporting small businesses in the Tulsa and OKC areas. We’re excited to have them as partners here at 36 Degrees North and give our members, locals and new Tulsans alike, a chance to learn more about local businesses in our city!

Cymone Davis: MORE MONEY is the Anthem

July 19, 2022

Amazing things have happened since we last chatted with Cymone Davis in December 2020- like being featured in NPR, Scripps National News, Fast Company, and The Washington Post AND releasing her self-produced music video, MORE MONEY.

Amnoni Myers: You Are The Prize

April 6, 2022

Boston Native Amnoni Myers is the prize and makes us believe we are, too. Tulsa’s living mosaic gained a piece with the arrival of Amnoni (she/they). An adventurer at heart, Amnoni landed in Tulsa with the mission to connect with like-minded individuals. She holds a unique power: determination and hope even through the thick of it.

Me in 3: Putting an End to Inhumane Hiring

March 31, 2022

Me in 3 is on a mission to destroy inhumane hiring. They are taking what can become a frustrating, disempowering, and dehumanizing process of job seeking, and flipping it on its head by building a video screening software to liberate job seekers and job creators from a broken, impersonal hiring process. With influential clients like Flipcause, JD Young, and Aflac already implementing their hiring technology, Me in 3 is well on its way to accomplishing its mission!

ACT Tulsa Accelerator Launches Second Cohort

March 2, 2022

ACT Tulsa is back at it and has just launched their second accelerator cohort right here at the 36 Degrees North Incubator! ACT Tulsa is a joint venture between i2E and ACT House. Their 6-month cohort-driven accelerator program is designed to cultivate and drive innovation of minority-led technology startups located in Tulsa. The program provides each startup with $70k investments with 0% interest and equity. Check out all the awesome startups and founders in the second cohort!

Endeavor Launches ScaleUp Program for Female Founders

February 13, 2022

Endeavor, a global network of entrepreneurs and mentors, has officially announced their expansion into Tulsa where they are now officing out of the 36°N Incubator. The organization is moving here with the mission of selecting and supporting Tulsa-based growth-stage founders. They’re already making a splash here in Tulsa by launching the ScaleUp program designed to accelerate the fastest-growing female-led startups.

Meet Our Members: Chris Harvey

January 28, 2022

Meet Chris Harvey, founder of Harvey Media and current Entrepreneur in Residence with Build in Tulsa! Pivoting from his role as the Social Media Director at a mega-church to building multiple businesses, Chris's mission has stayed the same: to launch and grow businesses and brands to the next level. And this is only the beginning!

Plant Seads: Sustainable Gardening Products Coming to a Walmart Near You

January 11, 2022

Born and raised in Tulsa, Bryan Meador spent the most recent 12 years of his life in NYC missing the connection to nature that the midwest offers in abundance. So, what did he do? He founded Plant Seads, a sustainable company whose debut product is a vertical garden planter. And last year, Bryan packed up the company, moved back to his hometown, and landed Plant Seads planters in over 450 Walmart stores across the country. Dare we call it a grassroots movement??

9b: Say Hello to Oklahoma's Newest Certified B Corp

December 3, 2021

Our friends at 9b celebrated their third anniversary in October with an exciting announcement- they are now one of only three B Corp Certified organizations in Oklahoma! In great company with businesses like Patagonia, Ben & Jerry’s, and Seventh Generation— B Corps meet the "highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose". Check out how they did it and where they are headed next!

Global Entrepreneurship Week 2021 Wrap Up

November 16, 2021

Last week was packed with 15+ events carefully designed to show Tulsa's entrepreneurial minds new ways to explore their potential as self-starters and innovators. From a pitch competition to a panel on venture capital to a wrap party at Mother Road Market, there was something for every entrepreneur, and Tulsa, you really showed up! Check out some photos from the week and rewatch your favorite sessions here!

Crystal Ifekoya: The WHOW Factor

October 17, 2021

On paper, Crystal is an author, entrepreneur, mother, board member, and a DEI advocate; and we have to admit- that’s a lot of things to be! What many don’t know about Crystal is that she has truly overcome all odds to become the successful, powerhouse of a woman that we know today.

Respond Flow Raises $2.5M in Seed Round

August 27, 2021

Respond Flow is making huge moves in Tulsa! The software startup just announced that they’ve secured $2.5M in a seed round led by Mercury, Atento Capital, and Cortado Ventures. Respond Flow steers users through the complexities of mass text message compliance to avoid fines and confidently connect with their customers. Using their platform, they empower organizations to connect with their customers and build authentic relationships.