In Tulsa, organizations such as The Forge and the Fab Lab are providing entrepreneurs with important early-stage support. And SeedStep Angels is the largest angel investor group within a 400-mile radius of Oklahoma City.
Collaborations among Oklahoma entrepreneurs and economic development organizations are pushing us closer to that critical mass necessary for a thriving startup community. Many key people were there to hear Feld. And the timing is perfect.
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 nearly $40 million of risk capital under management, with about $17 million available for future investments in Oklahoma high-growth companies.