Oklahoma innovation leader urges efforts to reach younger students

Oklahoma must develop ways to cultivate entrepreneurial thinking earlier in its students, writes Scott Meacham, president and CEO of i2E Inc., a nonprofit corporation that mentors many of the state's technology-based startup companies.
By Scott Meacham Published: March 5, 2013
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Pushing entrepreneurial programs down into our high schools would give an earlier start to our students thinking differently about what entrepreneurship offers them. Entrepreneurship is best learned not from books and lectures but from doing and hearing real-life success stories from entrepreneurs.

But at the end of the day, it's not so much another specific program Oklahoma needs. Rather, we should direct our collective intention and focus on encouraging our state's young people toward entrepreneurship as a career path to future satisfaction and wealth.

We need to consider daily whether there is more we could be doing to grow the state's next crop of entrepreneurs. It's true that what we hold important is typically what we accomplish.

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.


DID YOU KNOW?

Women have been starting businesses at a higher rate than men for the past 20 years and are anticipated to create more than half of the 9.72 million new small business jobs expected by 2018.

Source: National Federation of Independent Business

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