i2E celebrates 20 years paving path for Oklahoma entrepreneursPublished: Tuesday, March 6, 2018 By: Scott Meacham Source: NewsOK
Twenty years ago, when i2E (first known as the Oklahoma Technology Commercialization Center), came into being there wasn't a startup scene in Oklahoma. The economy was all about oil and gas, and agriculture and commercial real estate. We had no venture capital.
Most young people weren't encouraged toward careers in entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship wasn't a part of the curriculum in our business schools.
My, how things in Oklahoma have changed.
i2E began as a source of business services to help entrepreneurs and innovators successfully move new technologies out of the lab and into the marketplace. For people with high-growth ideas, we were a place to come for help, the cornerstone of a nascent community of entrepreneurs.