“The most successful incubators nurture companies by focusing first on their products and services,” Lauinger said. “The Forge provides valuable business services as a fast start for entrepreneurs who are beginning to build a company. This is a great on-ramp and proving ground for creating more successful small businesses.”
With resources such as these, Oklahoma continues to build a cohesive entrepreneurial ecosystem that helps companies that are “just starting out” grow into companies that add jobs and create wealth.
Rex Smitherman is interim president and CEO of i2E Inc., a nonprofit corporation that mentors many of the state's technology-based startup companies. i2E receives state appropriations from the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology. Contact Smitherman at i2E_Comments@i2E.org.
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