And, yes, Blueprint for Business and VentureSpur also provide early-stage seed money to program participants.
Will all of the startups that subscribe to Blueprint for Business or VentureSpur succeed? Maybe not. But will there be more deal flow and entrepreneurial activity in our state? Yes — and entrepreneurial activity has been the primary driver of economic expansion and job creation in the U.S. for the last 25 years.
This opportunity for a more active entrepreneurial ecosystem and for more homegrown jobs should make all of us feel a bit merrier.
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.
DID YOU KNOW?
By the year 2018, there will be 1.4M job openings for “computer specialists.” Jobs for application software developers alone are expected to grow by 30+ percent.