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Keynote speaker for Global Entrepreneurship Week dinner has Oklahoma State ties

Tulsa World                                                                         October 20, 2016.

An Oklahoma State University graduate who has made his mark at such places as the White House and the U.S. Department of Defense will be in Tulsa next month for Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Andrew Stroup, 31, will be the keynote speaker during a GEW celebration dinner at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Bond Event Center, 608 E. Third St. His talk is expected to focus on Tulsa’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and how the city can position itself on a national level.

Stroup’s visit is sponsored by OSU Riata Center for Entrepreneurship, The Forge and 36 Degrees North.

Created in 2008 and powered by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Global Entrepreneurship Week is a celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare.

Since graduating from OSU, Stroup has led technology development initiatives at the Department of Defense, the White House, a nonprofit makerspace, a security tech startup and a robotics company.

“We specifically wanted Andrew for this event because of his impressive journey from OSU student to engineering technology entrepreneur, which eventually landed him in the White House,” Alexces Bartley, a manager at the OSU Riata Center, said in a statement.

Dustin Curzon is executive director of 36 Degrees North, Tulsa’s base camp for entrepreneurs.

“It’s exciting for us to have Andrew back in town to share his experience leading technology teams at the White House and around the country,” Curzon said in a statement. “We hope that he will inspire another generation of Oklahomans to build innovative companies here and influence industries around the world.”

Stroup is senior vice president, Global Information Security at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

He has served as the director of product and technology for the White House Presidential Innovation Fellows, co-founded a security software startup within the identity and access management sector, built giant fighting robots designed for arena combat and started a nonprofit makerspace focused on access to industrial grade tools and education. He also was a contestant on the Discovery Channel’s The Big Brain Theory, a team-based reality television in which some of the country’s brightest minds participate.

Previously, Stroup served as a Department of Defense civilian focused on the Biosurveillance White House Initiative. His support to the armed forces included oversight of medical countermeasures and chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear material development, as well as joint strike fighter integration efforts.

At OSU, Stroup earned degrees in aerospace engineering and mechanical engineering with a focus on mathematics and business management.

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