Scott Meacham, CEO of i2E (Innovation to Enterprise), discusses Oklahoma’s growing start-up scene and increasing access to investment capital. As a new venture that has benefited from i2E and Oklahoma’s investment in innovative businesses, iRecommend Software is mentioned in the article.

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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.

Our clients, new companies like iRecommend in Tulsa and WeGoLook in Oklahoma City, have created more than 460 Oklahoma jobs averaging annual salaries of about $75,000.

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i2E Information

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.