OKC VeloCity | The Mine comes to OKC

The Mine comes to OKC

By Marcus Elwell / Economy / August 6, 2018

A nine-month program that focuses on community improvement is coming to Oklahoma City in the fall. The program, which is called The Mine, brings together young professionals who work to improve their community through social entrepreneurship. The Mine is currently looking for 10 fellows for its inaugural Oklahoma City program.

 “A lot of times people think of the financial aspects of entrepreneurship. They think of the money that can be made,” said the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber’s Manager of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Evan Fay. “However, entrepreneurship is also about ideas that can change the world for the better. That is the type of thinking The Mine promotes.”

The Mine is the brainchild of the University of Oklahoma’s Ronnie K. Irani Center for the Creation Economic Wealth and has been taking place in Tulsa since 2013.

The program will begin in September in Oklahoma City and will pair the selected applicants with a local nonprofit, social entrepreneur or community leader to help solve a problem through social innovation and entrepreneurship.

Besides helping improve their community, the fellows will undergo professional development through mentorship, leadership development skills, entrepreneurial development and more.

The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber is serving as a sponsor for the inaugural class and helping the organizers develop a long-term funding strategy. The Chamber sees The Mine as a natural extension of the metro’s budding entrepreneurship climate.

“On a surface level, in Tulsa, The Mine has resulted in new companies being formed and new jobs being added to the economy,” Fay said. “Beyond that, we see this program as one more tool in our community’s toolbox to help foster that next generation of entrepreneur who wants to make OKC an even better place.”

Applications for the program are open until Aug. 10. You can apply at the link.

If you or your company would like to help sponsor The Mine, contact Susan Moring, Director of The Mine at (405) 271-7701 or smoring@ou.edu.

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