Fostering the Entrepreneurial Spirit
Oklahoma has embraced the entrepreneurial spirit throughout its history. i2E partners with chambers, business associations, universities, foundations, and local and state government to help our citizens tap their entrepreneurial potential through knowledge and networks. i2E provides several programs aimed toward strengthening talent and enhancing skill sets developing more serial entrepreneurs.
Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Collegiate Business Plan Competition
This annual collegiate business plan competition is funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation and sponsors from throughout the state of Oklahoma. The Governor’s Cup is designed to encourage students of Oklahoma universities and colleges to act upon their ideas and talents in order to produce tomorrow’s entrepreneurs. Students involved in the competition gain access to networks of successful entrepreneurs, lenders and investors, plus gain team-building opportunities, business planning skills, and media exposure. One of the goals of the competition is to encourage the development and commercialization of ideas and technologies being discovered in Oklahoma’s universities.
Office of Entrepreneurial Development
The Office of Entrepreneurial Development is a joint initiative between i2E, Inc., and the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber to provide resources and assistance for entrepreneurs in high growth sectors.The new office works closely with i2E’s entrepreneurial development efforts such as the Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup collegiate business plan competition, along with initiatives to develop further support services for entrepreneurs.
This program, established in 2008, is a statewide fellowship program that matches advanced undergraduates and graduate/MBA level candidates with i2E as business or investment fellow or with our client companies who have pre-defined business-based projects critical to the growth of the company. The fellowship provides students’ exposure to existing start-up companies and helps build a long-term pipeline of entrepreneurs.
Workshops and Networking Events
We all recognize that know-how is most effective when combined with know-whom. Our events provide an environment for entrepreneurs, investors, researchers and other professionals to come together for information on a specific topic or to just expand their business network. See our calendar of events for current activities or e-mail us at events@i2E.org.
Entrepreneurs-in-Residence Series is designed as an intensive, workshop-like environment focusing on the most critical elements of a business that are vital to its ultimate success.
Who wants to be an Entrepreneur Workshop is a one-day event for Oklahoma entrepreneurs-in-waiting, academia, community mentors, and high growth technology companies which offers step by step information for future entrepreneurs, techniques to teach entrepreneurship, and at the end of the day, Oklahoma’s own high growth technology-based companies will show you how it’s done.
News and Communications
i2E keeps the entrepreneurial community informed through our blog, monthly e-newsletter Tech E News, quarterly publication i&E Magazine and you can follow us on Twitter @i2E_inc and Facebook/OKGOVCUP.