Thunder VP sees tech accelerator as a slam dunkPublished: Friday, January 26, 2018 By: Sarah Terry-Cobo Source: The Journal Record
The participants won’t pay anything. Lucas said after the founders graduate and move to the next business phase, there will be an opportunity for her company to invest in the startups.
She said she and Byrnes decided on that business model because in other cities, the accelerator host became beholden to the shareholders. She said they’re dedicated to the participants.
Lucas said she is not trying to compete with the other technology and biotech assistance programs, like the shared working spaces 36 Degrees North in Tulsa or StarSpace46 in Oklahoma City. She said there is also value in what Innovation to Enterprise, or i2E, does. What she and Byrnes are aiming to create is a culture that’s inherent in other cities that have a thriving technology industry: a collaborative community.