gener8tor announces new director for Oklahoma City startup accelerator

Published: Wednesday, August 18, 2021 By: Staff Reports

Arts and business advocate Selena Skorman will run a brand-new accelerator program designed to improve access to capital for Oklahoma City startups.

Skorman will lead gBETA Oklahoma City, a free accelerator for early-stage companies with local roots, this fall. Run by nationally ranked startup accelerator gener8tor, gBETA Oklahoma City will help startups gain early customer traction on their product or idea, and establish and execute on metrics that make them competitive applicants for full-time, equity-based accelerators or seed investment.

gBETA Oklahoma City joins 28 other gBETA markets across the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Each gBETA program works with five local startup companies at a time to ensure a custom, concierge approach. . Participants receive intensive and individualized coaching and access to gener8tor’s national network of mentors, customers, corporate partners and investors.

Skorman is a transplant to the Oklahoma City area, and tells everyone she meets that moving to Oklahoma City is the best decision she has ever made. She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College in New York, and previously worked for the Urban Institute, a community think tank in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she evaluated nonprofits and conducted educational policy research. In Oklahoma City, she served as Director of Development for the Arts Council and spent three years as the Executive Director of the Plaza District, a thriving arts and commercial district featuring over 50 local businesses.

“It is a thrill to join the gener8tor team as the gBETA Oklahoma City Director,” said Skorman. “Through gener8tor’s concierge approach, support from our amazing funders and the thoughtful cultivation of OKC’s own talent, gBETA will positively impact our entrepreneurial landscape for years to come. I’m honored to be a part of this journey.”

Skorman comes with the passion, drive and proven results to help small businesses succeed and will serve as the local conduit between the Oklahoma City startup ecosystem and the broader gener8tor network and programming. She is holding free office hours for any local entrepreneur to meet her, and for others in the community who want to get involved and learn more. Those interested can sign up to meet with Selena at gbetastartups.com/oklahoma-city.

“We are excited for gBETA Oklahoma City to launch this fall, especially with Selena leading the local program,” said Evan Fay, Economic Development Program Manager at the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber. “Selena is a familiar face in the community and will be a strong coach and advocate for entrepreneurs as she takes on this role. We’re proud to partner with gener8tor to continue the momentum in Oklahoma City’s startup community that will result in a diverse group of high growth businesses being scaled here.”

Since gBETA’s inception:

  • 548 companies have gone through gener8tor’s gBETA accelerator programming
  • 200 have gone to raise a seed round
  • 64 were accepted into investment-based accelerator programs

Graduates have:

  • raised $202M+ in total financing
  • created 2,147 jobs

In addition, 40% of the startups have been led by a founder of color, and 43% led by women founders. Eight of the startups have been acquired by larger companies.

The gBETA program is offered in Oklahoma City thanks to the support of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, Inasmuch Foundation, American Fidelity, Square Deal Capital, Oklahoma State University, University of Oklahoma and Love’s Travel Stops.

gBETA Oklahoma City is currently accepting applications. The program is held twice per year with a high level of individualized attention for participating companies. gBETA works with startup companies across all industries and business models. Those interested in learning more or applying can reach out to gBETA Oklahoma City Director, Selena Skorman, at selena@gener8tor.com or visit gbetastartups.com/oklahoma-city.

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