Over i2E’s 20-year history, our nationally recognized services have provided business expertise and funding to over 700 of Oklahoma’s emerging small businesses.
i2E, Inc. is a nationally recognized private not-for-profit corporation focused on growing innovative small businesses in Oklahoma and making a positive impact on the state’s economy. i2E receives state support from the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology and is an integral part of Oklahoma’s Innovation Model.
Our venture advisors who collaborate with and mentor entrepreneurs are central to i2E’s mission. These experienced professionals work closely with each client, coaching them from initial technology development, business planning and positioning for funding, all the way through to company launch and growth.
i2E Venture Advisors:
Mark Lauinger– SVP, Client Services
i2E has provided its services to more than 700 Oklahoma-based startups from a variety of industries.
Our CLIENT PORTFOLIO has attracted $812 million in private investment from banks, venture capital funds, angel investors and other strategic investors.
The Oklahoma Small Business Research Assistance (SBRA) program offers the best resources in the nation to help you successfully compete for SBIR/STTR funding.
Each year the federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) funding programs award approximately $2.5 billion in non-dilutive funding to small, high-tech, innovative businesses.
i2E works closely with the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST) who administers the following state grant programs:
Oklahoma Applied Research Support (OARS) Grant
The Oklahoma Applied Research Support program helps universities, foundations and businesses fund cutting-edge research that will benefit Oklahoma’s economy.
Oklahoma Health Research Program (OHR)
The Oklahoma Health Research Program competitively awards seed funds for research projects related to human health to Oklahoma universities and colleges, non-profit research foundations and commercial companies in Oklahoma.
And OCAST provides both financial support and expertise to help qualifying firms develop their federal proposals through its SBIR/STTR support program:
Small Business Innovative Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR)
SBIR and STTR are competitively awarded federal programs designed to stimulate technological innovation and provide opportunities for small businesses.
The Venture Assessment Program (VAP) helps entrepreneurs perform market analysis and investigate the commercial opportunity of their business. This is a three week program designed to investigate the product-market fit and business opportunity of a startup including:
Contacting i2E is the first step down the path to unlocking your potential as an entrepreneur.
We have the right people with the right tools and connections to guide you on your journey.
The State of Oklahoma, through two funds managed by i2E, helps companies bridge the investment gap and leverage other private and institutional sources of capital. i2E teamed with the Oklahoma Department of Commerce and the U.S. Treasury Department to expand the access to capital sources offered to Oklahoma entrepreneurs with the Accelerate Oklahoma Fund.
As a part of the federal States Small Business Credit Initiative, this U.S. Treasury funded initiative offers funds that provide critical capital and co-investment for Oklahoma entrepreneurs at specific stages of their companies’ lifecycles. Investment terms are typically convertible debt or preferred equity.
The Oklahoma Seed Capital Fund is a state supported investment fund that provides concept, seed and start-up equity investments to the state’s innovative businesses. The fund looks for opportunities that show promise of rapid growth in terms of revenue, increased employment and increased private investment capital.
SeedStep Angels is a wide network of accredited angel investors that provide capital, strategic advice and mentoring to emerging growth companies to help them achieve market leadership. This network can expose entrepreneurs to a wide set of potential investors, and the process facilitates efficient investment decisions.
i2E provides several programs aimed toward strengthening talent and enhancing skill sets to develop more serial entrepreneurs.