Oklahoma bursts into 2013 with momentum for entrepreneurs

Innovations and Entrepreneurs columnist Rex Smitherman writes that Oklahoma is a good place for innovations and entrepreneurs as 2013 begins.
Published: January 1, 2013
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The Proof of Concept Center, an innovative collaborative project between the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, Cowboy Technologies LLC, OCAST and i2E, aims to speed up technology commercialization.

There's another exciting development for 2013. i2E is delighted to welcome our new CEO. Scott Meacham, former state treasurer, director with the Crowe & Dunlevy law firm and member of i2E's board since 2010, brings expansive experience, a stellar record of leadership in Oklahoma and a vision for expanding the scope of entrepreneurial support for Oklahoma's innovation economy.

Oklahomans are lucky to live in a state where we are big enough to grow an innovation economy and small enough to have enduring, personal relationships statewide with people who are committed to adding jobs and wealth through entrepreneurship.

For entrepreneurs, Oklahoma in 2013 is a great place to be.

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.


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i2E has advised 550 companies that have attracted more than $770 million in funding to Oklahoma, including $489 million in private investment.

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