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Finding startup gazelles means surviving the startup failures

On average, more than half of all startups fail before five years. But in Oklahoma, i2E has taken initiatives to reduce that risk.
Published: April 9, 2013

Investing in startup companies and new technologies is risky businesses.

There is a lot of randomness in creating new things, and creating new products and services is what entrepreneurs and startups are all about.

Entrepreneurs come up with new ideas that no one else has tried before. They utilize new technologies. They form new companies and new partnerships. They launch new solutions to big problems. This is inherently risky.

On average, more than half of all startups fail before five years.

In Oklahoma, we've taken initiatives to reduce that risk.

For example, at i2E Inc., we bring a portfolio of venture services and best practices to the table so that today's Oklahoma entrepreneurs don't have to relearn the hard lessons of entrepreneurs who went before. More than two-thirds of i2E's client companies make it past the four-year mark.

We are overcoming the lack of venture capital in our state by building our own sources of capital.

Oklahoma entrepreneurs have a clear path to access investment capital through a series of i2E-managed investment funds. Co-investment with SeedStep Angels, the largest angel network in the state, and other entities extends the power and reach of our investment funds.

Still, the risk of investing in startups is real. But where there is greater risk, there is also greater opportunity for return.

According to a recent report from the U.S. Treasury Department, the “investment activity” in a state in “private small businesses with the potential to grow substantially” is a leading indicator of future job creation. Investment activity means dollars and deals.

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Eleven Oklahoma companies receiving $4.5 million in i2E Seed Funding have had a direct and indirect economic impact of $37.3 and $11.8 million, respectively.

SOURCE: Oklahoma Department of Commerce Survey


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