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Donation to help create entrepreneurship center

Oral Roberts University graduates Jim and Crystal Stovall and the Tulsa Community Foundation have pledged a combined $1.5 million to ORU to create the Stovall Center for Entrepreneurship, which will be part of the College of Business.

The center will be designed to attract and retain students with exceptional abilities to create new business concepts, start-up incubators, accelerators and launchpads, ORU officials said. The center also will host workshops, boot camps and lectures; set up networking with entrepreneur collectives; provide space for entrepreneurial faculty and professionals to mentor and coach students; and allocate resources for mission-based entrepreneurial initiatives such as micro-financing and venture capital.

“The Stovall Center for Entrepreneurship will enable ORU to continue building whole leaders for the whole world who are equipped with new and innovative business ideas that transform not only people but also communities and nations,” ORU President William M. Wilson said. “This amazing gift will allow ORU to aggressively pursue our commitment to developing leaders in business and entrepreneurship.”

Stovall is founder and president of Narrative Television Network, which has made television and media accessible to the 13 million blind and visually impaired in the United States. He founded the network in 1988, a year after fully losing his sight at age 29.

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