News from 36 Degrees North

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.

Maria Kim: Digital Nomad

August 22, 2021

If you’ve been around 36 Degrees North at all in the past year, you’ve met Maria Kim. She doesn’t miss a member lunch, happy hour, or a chance to make a new friend, and we love her for it. But what you might not know about Maria is that before she planted her roots in Tulsa six months ago, she was living the “digital nomad” life, moving from country to country with her laptop and a knack for copywriting.

36°N Launches Innovation Scholarships Powered by Devon Energy

August 15, 2021

Huge shoutout to our partners and friends at Devon Energy, who stopped by on Thursday to check out the new 36°N Incubator! We are grateful for their support of our incubation program and their dedication to empowering entrepreneurs in Tulsa. We are thrilled to announce the launch of the new 36°N Innovation Scholarship powered by Devon Energy!

ACT Tulsa Launches First Cohort

July 30, 2021

We are so proud of ACT Tulsa for launching its first 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 first cohort!

36°N Members Selected as Winners of Pharrell's Black Ambition Initiative

July 23, 2021

We’re celebrating big time over here at 36 Degrees North because two of our Member Companies were selected as winners of Pharrell William’s Black Ambition Initiative! Both companies received seed funding from the initiave, totaling $300,000.

Black Gold: Entrepreneurship + The Legacy of Black Wall Street

June 25, 2021

And that’s a wrap on Black Gold Series 1! We had the best time partnering with Greenwood Cultural Center to bring the Black Gold Speaker Series to 36 Degrees North. Throughout the month of June, we set aside time to honor the contributions of the entrepreneurs and business owners of historic Black Wall Street, and glean wisdom from current-day Black entrepreneurs. We are so grateful for the amazing entrepreneurs who joined us to share their stories and the legacies of Black Wall Street’s titans. Check it out!

Dustin Baker: The SBA Roadshow

April 30, 2021

Our very own Dustin Baker premiered the first season of the SBA Roadshow here at 36°N on Monday, April 26. The SBA Roadshow is a mini-series dreamed up by Dustin that showcases the positive impact of the Small Business Administration's loan programs on communities all over the U.S. The series follows Dustin, Founder, and CEO of Baker Lewis, on a cross-country roadshow visiting small businesses who benefited from SBA and Paycheck Protection Program loans during the pandemic, and the banks who helped them. Dustin’s mission in creating the SBA Roadshow is to build community through shared stories—stories of resilience, determination, and persistence that define the entrepreneurs who are the backbone of the U.S. economy. In the series, Dustin travels across the country to check in with the business founders and owners who received PPP loans that were necessary to keep their businesses alive through the pandemic.

Alan Kline: Van Guru, Vandoit Adventure Vans

March 26, 2021

Born and raised in the Home of Sliced Bread, Alan Kline is 36°N’s resident Van Guru. Yep, that’s a thing. If you’re wondering, the Home of Sliced Bread is Chillicothe, Missouri and it’s also the Home of Vandoit Adventure Vans. Vandoit is a family-owned business that turns Ford Transit Vans into cool, multi-functional vans that you could live out of if you wanted to (yes, sometimes “down by the river”). It all started when Alan’s family was looking for a solution to their own adventure itch.

Paige Young: Couture Floral Designer

February 26, 2021

Paige Young is the owner and head floral designer of Bella Blooms, a couture floral service that specializes in customizable commercial and residential flower subscriptions. The position that she’s in now is quite the pivot from last year when she was burnt out, overworked and ready to quit the floral business all together. Instead, Paige did something bold and started her own floral business in a city she’d only been living in for a month. You guessed it- we’re talking about Tulsa, baby!

Over $1 Million Dollars in New Member Perks

February 2, 2021

36 Degrees North is partnering with GAN to launch their newest initiative, GAN Spaces. Through this partnership, 36 Degrees North members get access to over $1M in discounts and access to corporate connections nationwide.

Troy Johnson: Founder of the African American Literature Book Club

January 14, 2021

Hailing from Harlem, NYC, Troy Johnson is settling into his new life as a Tulsa resident, checking out all the local eats and awaiting the day the music scene comes back swinging. After spending most of his career in the defense and financial services industries, Troy founded The African American Literature Book Club (AALBC.com) in March of 1998. Today, AALBC.com is the oldest, largest, and most frequently visited website dedicated to books written by or about people of African descent.

Cymone Davis: Building a Black Boarding School in Oklahoma’s Oldest Historic Black Town

December 17, 2020

Cymone Davis in the throws of building a black boarding school in the oldest all-black town in Oklahoma. That town is called Tullahassee, and Cymone also happens to be the City Manager there. She wears a lot of hats, and she’s still working out how to condense all of her roles into a single title. She’s a City Manager, an Educator and a Changemaker. In these roles Cymone focuses on taking creative action to solve problems and implementing freedom strategies.

Global Entrepreneurship Week 2020 Wrap Up

November 25, 2020

Wow- what a fantastic time we had at Tulsa Global Entrepreneurship Week 2020! Thank you to all of our amazing speakers who made the virtual and in-person experiences great for our attendees. We had an incredible line up of sessions and we recorded some of them for you to watch back!

Heday Inoue: An Opera Singer Who Hated Opera

August 26, 2020

Heday Inoue is a professional opera singer. Which is pretty ironic considering he hated opera for the first 25 years of his life. In fact, he straight up avoided it. You’ll be equally surprised to discover that, previous to becoming a professional opera singer, Heday was a businessman. In Japan. With a law degree. He has quite the dynamic background, and it all started with four musical grandparents and two opera singing parents. There’s no way around it- music runs in his blood.