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'Smart' capital supports Oklahoma startups from milestone to milestone

Oklahoma's i2E Inc. helps startups survive funding gap labeled “valley of death.”
By Scott Meacham Published: February 5, 2013
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Our relationships with Oklahoma's SeedStep Angels and with angel groups in adjacent states connect Oklahoma entrepreneurs to angel money and mentoring. Angels and other investors respect our vetting and due diligence, especially when we match their investments through the Oklahoma Angel Sidecar Fund.

It isn't only the continuum of capital that makes i2E's model so impactful; it's the mentoring we bring.

We get to know our portfolio companies from the ground up. We drill deeply into their concepts and markets to help them become investment ready. We stick with them, using our expertise and relationships to build a coordinated, efficient capital plan that helps mitigate early-stage risk and shorten the timeline from concept to job creation in Oklahoma.

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?

In 2012's third quarter, the median angel investment round size was $1.59 million when angel groups co-invest with other types of investments.

SOURCE: Halo Report

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