But it takes more than just i2E providing capital and venture services for entrepreneurs. It will take the concerted effort of many to set Oklahoma on a path to compete as an innovation region.
If you are an accredited investor, join an angel group to invest in innovative startups. Oklahoma's SeedStep Angels is the largest and most active group within 400 miles.
If you operate a business in Oklahoma, investigate how you can deploy new technology being developed by savvy entrepreneurs like Danny Maloney. There are many young firms in Oklahoma building interesting technologies that can increase revenues, reduce costs or help modernize your businesses.
If you are already an entrepreneur, recognize that what you are doing and building is part of a larger initiative. Band together with other entrepreneurs to create synergy and make your needs and voices heard.
At i2E, we'll continue the fight for more capital, more startups and more entrepreneurs.
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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.