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Mission

The UAS Cluster Initiative will contribute to the accomplishment of the strategic goals of Oklahoma:
  • Providing practical training in technology commercialization to UAS entrepreneurs
  • Attracting angel capital, venture capital and private equity to UAS entrepreneurs
  • Making some of the world’s best UAS technologies available to UAS entrepreneurs
  • Accelerating the planning and launch of UAS startups
  • Promoting regional research parks and testing facilities for UAS
  • Enabling established companies to connect with leading technologies and emerging startups
  • Enabling UAS industry cluster participants to share best practices with other cluster managers and make good use of federal investments

Goals

  • Attracting the National Angel Investor Network
  • Introducing Angel Investors to UAS Entrepreneurs
  • Attracting the Global VC Industry
  • Introducing Venture Investors to UAS Entrepreneurs
  • Attracting Technology from Federal Labs
  • Attracting Technology from Universities
  • Mentoring and Acceleration Service
  • Networking Events Support
  • National Forum on Cluster Strategies and Federal Resources
  • Oklahoma AAS Council Guidance
  • Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission Guidance
  • Leverage SBIR
  • Comprehensive Catalog of Regional UAS Firms

Targeted Engagement of Underserved Communities

The UASCI team works with tribal nations in Oklahoma, including the Osage and Cherokee. A key partner of the Cluster, Oklahoma State University, is a Minority Serving Institution for Native Americans. We work with them to engage native students and tribal members in the training and networking events of the Innovation Cluster. The University helps promote Cluster services to OSU Native American business and engineering students. UASCI is also involved in helping our tribal partners learn how to use drones as providers of public safety services, manufacture drone components for the DOD (Cherokee and Chickasaw), and support logistical facilities like droneports and test facilities (Osage and Choctaw).