These are unprecedented times in our community, nation and world. There is no manual for how we are to navigate the uncertainty of what we face tomorrow or the reality of a world that exists today in virtual isolation. However, we know that this too shall pass and there will be a tomorrow.
During this time, i2E remains committed to its mission of helping to create and grow new high-growth companies in Oklahoma. Although our offices are closed to the public, we continue to fulfill our mission through providing our full suite of commercialization services to entrepreneurs and innovators across the state utilizing our online inquiry process, virtual meetings and other means of connecting and communicating with Oklahoma entrepreneurs. Five exciting new companies are beginning our e3 Program which will be offered via Zoom. We are also reaching out to and supporting our investment portfolio of companies to determine the impact of COVID-19 on their cash flows and go-to-market strategies and connecting them with the resources necessary for them to weather the current storm. In addition, we are moving forward with a virtual version of the Love’s Entrepreneur’s Cup Collegiate Business Plan Competition that will be completed in April.
I am not sure when the global pandemic will be behind us or what the world will look like when it’s over but I believe we all will be changed fundamentally. We are committed to making sure Oklahoma’s startups survive and thrive during the storm and are postured to take advantage of the opportunities afforded in the post-pandemic world. Great ideas and great companies don’t go away during times of crisis, they just require a little more nurturing.