Startup companies pitch concepts at Oklahoma Venture Forum
Local ventures ranging from a streaming radio application to a firm poised to help companies market themselves on Pinterest to a medical device designed to reduce deaths and injuries presented their concepts Wednesday at the Oklahoma Venture Forum.
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The Oklahoma Venture Forum meets the second Wednesday of each month, September through June, at the Presbyterian Health Foundation Research Park Conference Center. For more information, go to ovf.org.
Dr. Nilesh Vasan, a head and neck surgeon at the OU Health Sciences Center, founded Adroit Surgical LLC to commercialize an intubation device, which is used to maintain or open a person's airway.
Vasan said current intubation devices are bulkier, more expensive and lead to more frequent complications than the intubating disposable laryngoscope that he has developed.
“This is something that is tried and tested, and now I think it's time to try to develop a very compact device which everyone else can use,” Vasan said.
Guy Madison, co-founder and managing partner of the Oklahoma City-based business startup accelerator Blueprint for Business, has worked with Buzzam and other fledgling companies. Blueprint for Business (bp4b.com) offers access to capital, mentorship, office space and other resources to early-stage entrepreneurs.
“We believe in ingenuity and the creative genius of mankind,” Madison said. “We believe in perseverance. We believe in perseverance, and in more perseverance. We believe in building character; not just capital.”
While the Oklahoma City area is home to several business accelerator firms, Madison said there are enough different types of entrepreneurs and concepts for all to be successful.