And yet, we've come a long way. Hundreds of active entrepreneurs are starting businesses all over the state. Organizations such as luncheon co-host Blueprint for Business (BP4B) and VentureSpur provide accelerator programs and access to capital.
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.
MORE FROM NEWSOK
DID YOU KNOW?
i2E has nearly $40 million of risk capital under management, with about $17 million available for future investments in Oklahoma high-growth companies.