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Born and based right here in the Queen City, Lightship Foundation is an impact-driven organization serving remarkable entrepreneurs & ecosystems across the United States. 
We leverage corporate partnerships, specialized programming and capital investments to drive growth within the minority innovation economy. Since 2017, Lightship Foundation has guided over 200 companies led by women, FOC (Founders of Color), and those representing the LGBTIQ+ and disabled communities to more than $120M in venture funding. 


Situated quite literally in the middle of the country with a thriving population of over 400,000, there are so many reasons for any business to invest and engage with Tulsa. Its location makes Tulsa one of the most desirable test markets in the nation, drawing companies like Procter & Gamble, McDonald’s, and many other global brands to regularly roll out new products here.

Yet, when we talk about our work in Tulsa, for Lightship it’s really the “why”, for us. The city’s history of Black excellence is palpable and very present in the new generation of ecosystem leaders who are so dedicated to rebuilding Tulsa’s Founder of Color (FOC) led innovation economy and reputation as a national leader in Black wealth creation.


Lightship is partnered with multiple organizations in Ohio that will help bridge the gap between minority led high-growth startups and meaningful opportunities including: 

Build in Tulsa

A nonprofit raising $200 million over the next 10 years to import investment accelerators, provide follow-on funding resources, offer stipends for entrepreneurs willing to relocate to Tulsa, and create STEM education programs for Black Tulsa residents.

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George Kaiser Family Foundation



A multi-billion dollar organization committed to meaningfully addressing the city’s cycle of intergenerational poverty.

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Tulsa Remote



A program that incentivizes remote workers to make Tulsa their home base with $10,000 in grants, access to co-working spaces, and networking opportunities

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Act Tulsa



A 6-month cohort-driven accelerator program cultivating and driving innovation of minority-led technology startups located in Tulsa.

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These groups help us successfully execute our programming and mission in Tulsa as well as add value to the greater community.



Lightship Bootcamp is a FREE founder focussed entrepreneur education program. We offer structured educational content, along with meaningful networking opportunities involving key strategic partners, advisors, mentors, and corporate customers.


Lightship Accelerator is a 12-week program driving inclusive acceleration, education, and opportunity for minority and female tech founders. We enhance ecosystems nationwide with remarkable, scalable companies traditional investors often overlook.


Connect with the Tulsa Startup Community at Workflow Wednesday! 


Workflow Wednesday is Lightship’s networking and educational event hosted every second and fourth Wednesday of the month. At WFW we connect the city's Black startup and small business community through networking, and provide founders information and resources focussed on building, running, and scaling their businesses.


Upcoming Workflow Wednesdays:

January 24th, 2023

February 15th, 2023

March 22nd, 2023

April 19th, 2023

May 24th, 2023

September 27th, 2023

October 25th, 2023

November 15th, 2023

302 Reconciliation Way, Tulsa OK 74120


Working on an idea, fundraising, or interested in learning more about Lightship? Connect with our Tulsa Program Manager, Charlton Cunningham, during one of his Office Hours slots: 


Every Tuesday |  1:00pm - 3:00pm (CT)

Every Thursday | 1:00pm - 3:00pm (CT)


Schedule Meeting Here


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