This is what occurs when a state commits to putting taxpayer dollars toward building an innovation economy. We gain high-paying jobs, revenue from other states, and economic diversification.
If you ever question the value of Oklahoma's investment of public dollars in startup technology-based businesses, ask an entrepreneur from one of these young firms. They'll tell you, as they have us, that access to capital plus our diversified advisory service is the difference maker on their business growth and development.
Oklahoma is on the right path and needs to stay the course.
Scott Meacham is 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 Meacham at i2E_Comments@i2E.org.
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The average reported revenue of i2E clients in years 0-2 is $139,367. Businesses more than five years old report average revenues of $2.6 million.