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i2E: Investment a feel-good milestone for any entrepreneur

Startup incubator seeks to create Oklahoma jobs and wealth through investments.
Published: December 25, 2012

Since this is a day for warm reflections with family and friends, I thought it appropriate to share Fuller's story. The sense of accomplishment with DermaMedics has been replicated many times over through the years as the i2E investment team has closed funding deals with other Oklahoma entrepreneurs.

“When we've worked with a company for six months to a year, going through the ups and downs and the question marks, getting it through our investment committee, through due diligence — when all the boxes are checked, the dotted line is signed and the entrepreneur has the funds in hand — we know it's all worth it,” said Cindy Williams, i2E investment analyst. “The business can keep moving forward toward job creation and revenue.”

When the startups we've worked with for months or even years start hitting their milestones — when they sign that big contract with an all-important customer and accomplish the things that they and we believed they could — it feels like Christmas, no matter what time of the year it is.

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