What We Do
Founded in 1997 by Bill Lobeck and Kathy Taylor, the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation (LTFF) has grown into a second-generation investment in making Tulsa an innovative, collaborative and thriving city. Under the leadership of CEO Elizabeth Frame Ellison, LTFF focuses on entrepreneurship and innovation through programs, grants and projects.
TULSA STARTUP SERIES: The Tulsa StartUp Series is a business pitch competition featuring five bi-monthly pitch categories: High Growth, K-12, Food/Retail/Physical Product, Social Enterprise and Wild Card. The winner of each bi-monthly pitch category wins resources to help launch their business, along with automatic entry into the Demo Day Finals, which holds a grand prize of $15,000 in startup capital. Contestants enter the competition by submitting 60-second pitch videos at www.tulsastartupseries.com.
KIVA TULSA: Kiva offers entrepreneurs and business owners a platform to raise crowdfunded small business loans of up to $10,000 at 0% interest. Since August 2017, Kiva has funded over $175,000 in local small business loans, and Tulsa-based loans have a 100% repayment rate.
KITCHEN 66: Kitchen 66 is Tulsa’s kickstart kitchen, offering food entrepreneurs access to affordable commercial kitchen space, business training programs, and sales and distribution opportunities. Kitchen 66 has served over 100 entrepreneurs since 2016, from over 10 different countries. Over 50% of Kitchen 66 entrepreneurs are female.
MOTHER ROAD MARKET: Mother Road Market is Tulsa’s first food hall, featuring over 20 restaurant and retail business concepts in 320 square foot small shops. Entrepreneurs have the opportunity to use the small shop model to pilot test their latest concepts with a diverse audience, without the financial investment of opening a full-scale restaurant or brick-and-mortar location. Mother Road Market opens in August 2018.