In 1666 Isaac Newton developed many of his most important concepts regarding calculus, gravity and physics...while in quarantine at his home due to an outbreak of the plague.
In fact, the year was so pivotal he labeled it his “year of wonders.”
While the global pandemic of 2020 created tremendous suffering, it was also an innovation tipping point; an opportunity to think about the future in new ways.
The Oklahoma Wonder Grant was birthed in this environment…answering Isaac Newton’s call to innovate in the midst of turmoil, turning today’s challenges into the seeds of a brighter tomorrow.
The Oklahoma Wonder Grant is a program designed to seed innovative ideas in Oklahoma businesses, non-profits and public organizations; challenging them to look for new ways to solve problems.
The Oklahoma Wonder Grant is a program designed to seed innovative ideas in Oklahoma businesses, non-profits and public organizations, challenging them to look for new ways to solve problems.
FROM GRANT TO GROUP
"What if we could do more of these grants and add to an ecosystem of innovation in Oklahoma?"
That question was raised in the midst of the first grant competition. It was answered with the foundation of the Oklahoma Wonder Grant Group.
THE WONDER GRANT GROUP
The mission of the Wonder Grant Group is to foster innovation in Oklahoma through the awarding of grants and the orchestration of related panel discussions, seminars and high-profile speakers. Members of the Group have the unique opportunity to provide input and direction within this mission.
The Ronnie K. Irani Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth at the University of Oklahoma (I-CCEW) administers the program and provides a support structure for continued growth.
WONDER GRANT GROUP MEMBERS
The Group continues to grow as more grants are offered, more organizations win grants, and more thought-leaders are added to the selection panel. Ultimately, key members of the panel will be selected to judge specific grants related to their fields and areas of expertise.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN THE WONDER GRANT GROUP
There are three ways to join the Wonder Grant Group: win a grant, offer a grant, or judge a grant.
We’re constantly seeking like-minded organizations with an interest in seeding Oklahoma innovation while contributing to an ecosystem of out-of-the-box thinking and creative problem-solving.
If this sounds like you, we'd love to connect.
OKLAHOMA WONDER GRANT WINNERS
The inaugural Oklahoma Wonder Grant was conceived in the spring of 2020 by Oklahoma City-based Trifecta Communications, a provider of augmented, virtual and mixed reality experiences (AR/VR/MR), and the Ronnie K. Irani Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth (I-CCEW) at the University of Oklahoma.