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January 6, 2022  

The Oklahoma City Innovation District

Welcome to 2022! In this episode Lt. Governor Matt Pinnell sits down with Katy Boren, the CEO of the Oklahoma City Innovation District. They discuss the past, present and future of the district and highlight the game changing vision of this area just east of downtown OKC. Learn more at


May 25, 2021  


In this installment the Lt. Governor talks with Bradley Davis, the founder and CEO of Podchaser. Bradley discusses his company, the path of a startup business and the differences between states and their process for investing in early stage businesses. Listen to learn why Bradley chooses to call Oklahoma his home and to find out what advice he would offer to any up and coming entrepreneur. 

May 12, 2021  

Cosmetic Specialty Labs

In this episode the Lt. Governor welcomes Jennifer Ellis to the show. Jennifer is the CEO of Cosmetic Specialty Labs which is located in Lawton, Oklahoma. This company offers turnkey manufacturing for cosmetics and over the counter drugs. Listen in to learn about their history, what it is like producing products for clients and about some of the benefits the State of Oklahoma can offer new and existing businesses.  

February 18, 2021  

Martin Bionics

In this episode, Lt. Governor Matt Pinnell talks to Jay Martin, founder of Martin Bionics. Together they discuss his latest innovation which was recognized by Time Magazine as one of the best inventions of 2020. They also discuss the impact OCAST and the innovation model has had on his company and industry and the importance of utilizing resources that are offered to innovators in the State of Oklahoma.

We are also happy to announce our new sponsor, The Oklahoma Business Roundtable. This great organization has partnered with OCAST to bring you this episode. Thank you for listening!  



February 2, 2021  

OCAST, NPDC and OMA Part 2

Part 2 of our conversation with with Heather McDowell of OCAST, Jenny Cothran of The Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance and Jessica Stewart of the New Product Development Center. This episode talks about the future of industry in Oklahoma, the growing role of women in manufacturing and how the innovation model benefits the people of our state.    

January 20, 2021  


In this episode we continue our exploration of the Oklahoma Innovation Model. This time, the Lt. Governor sits down with Heather McDowell of OCAST, Jenny Cothran of The Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance and Jessica Stewart of the New Product Development Center. This discussion talks about what support the State of Oklahoma offers those who are inventors or manufactures committed to doing business in the state.   

January 5, 2021  

Spiers New Technologies

The growing market share of electric vehicles is rising at a staggering pace, and Oklahoma City is lucky to have a company located here that has positioned itself as a key stakeholder in the supply chain. In this episode, Lt. Governor Matt Pinnell welcomes Dirk Spiers, President of Spiers New Technologies. SNT specializes in the battery packs located in electric vehicles. Listen in to hear Dirk talk about their process, the different ways they utilize battery packs and his vision for the future of this rapidly growing industry.  

December 22, 2020  

Utopia Plastix

In this episode, Lt. Governor Matt Pinnell interviews Sharina Perry, creator of Utopia Plastix. Utopia has created a way to use plants in the manufacturing of plastics. This method helps the plastics to become more eco-friendly and has the potential to change how plastic is created. Learn about Sharina's mission and how it helps guide her through the trials of being an entrepreneur. 

November 11, 2020  

The Oklahoma Innovation Model, Part 2

This episode is part 2 of the Lt. Governor's conversation with OCAST, i2E and OK Catalyst. The discussion of how the innovation model works is continued with great information about how the programs work, what steps can be taken by potential clients and what to expect throughout the process once projects are chosen to be funded. 

November 4, 2020  

The Oklahoma Innovation Model, Part 1

In this installment Lt. Governor Matt Pinnell begins a four part discussion on the Oklahoma Innovation Model (OIM), also known as "The Pipeline". The OIM is the backbone of tech-based economic development in Oklahoma and there are 5 total companies that make it work. In this roundtable discussion we hear from Connor Cox from OCAST, Stacey Brandhorst from i2E and Daniel Moses from OK Catalyst about how these companies work together to help businesses grow in Oklahoma. 

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