Building Tulsa’s Innovation Economy
We design and launch new initiatives to catalyze a thriving and inclusive innovation economy in Tulsa.
TIL was pioneered by the George Kaiser Family Foundation.
Uniting the public, private, and social sectors, our initiatives focus on developing Tulsa’s most promising emerging tech clusters:
VIRTUAL HEALTH, ENERGY TECH
ADVANCED AIR MOBILITY, CYBER
Tulsa's Tech Niche
TIL deploys programmatic capital to develop four inter-related tech clusters, which we've identified as the strongest opportunities for inclusive growth and good jobs in Tulsa.
Tulsa is positioned as the urban gateway to transform health care in rural America by forging strong provider and payer relationships. TIL programming drives software and device innovation while creating and growing companies seeking to decentralize health care delivery.
Tulsa’s strong corporate presence and university research established the city as a leader in the energy industry. TIL’s energy tech initiatives leverage these assets to support startups, fast-track corporate innovation, and create a hub for emerging energy technologies.
ADVANCED Air MOBILITY
Tulsa has a long-standing history of excellence in aviation and an abundance of R&D and testing assets suited for advanced aerial mobility innovation. TIL’s advanced aerial mobility initiatives capitalize on this combination of expertise, innovative research, and end-users to drive company formation and growth. TIL programming drives software and device innovation while creating and growing companies seeking to decentralize health care delivery.
Tulsa’s concentration of critical infrastructure providers in energy, aerospace, and health care has created skyrocketing demand for cyber and advanced analytics talent and services. Moreover, Tulsa is one of the best-placed cities in America for long-haul fiber and boasts a top-25 university for cyber studies and research. TIL’s cyber initiatives catalyze the next generation of cyber and analytics talent, technology, and startups to service this demand.
In recent years, Tulsa has seen significant growth and earned national recognition. As innovation and tech talent shift from the coasts to the Heartland, the Tulsa region is well-positioned to be a technology hub.
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Named among the TOP 50 surge cities for startup growth by Inc.
Approximately $1B invested in downtown over the past 5 years
Cost of tech talent is 15% less than the national average
Cost of living is 8% lower than the national average
51.5% of residents are of color, making Tulsa one of the fastest-diversifying cities in the U.S.