i2E (Innovation to Enterprise) CEO, Scott Meacham, interviews former i2E Venture Advisor, Stacey Brandhorst, who joined iRecommend Software in February 2018 as Chief Operations Officer. Brandhorst describes how she first became an entrepreneur and how her collegiate experience at Oklahoma State University set her on this path of innovation.
One of the real changes we’ve seen in Oklahoma over the last 10 to 15 years is a groundswell of talented young people who want to be career entrepreneurs and start their own high-growth companies.
We first met Stacey Brandhorst when she was working on her MBA at OSU and competing in the Governor’s Cup (now Love’s Entrepreneur’s Cup Competition) with a business plan for PristineCal, a company that produced ultra-pure calcium powder. Stacey won the pitch and interview competitions, but the PristineCal business plan didn’t place.
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Over its 20-year history, i2E’s nationally recognized services have provided business expertise and funding to more than 700 of Oklahoma’s emerging small businesses. i2E was created in response to an Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST) initiative and has become a nationally recognized private not-for-profit corporation. More about i2E.