As a Venture Advisor at i2E, Dia provides direct one-on-one consulting services to entrepreneurs, researchers and/or early-stage client companies in the areas of strategic planning, market assessment, pricing policy, financial analysis, business plans, investor presentations, capital strategies, and positioning companies for potential investment. She also works extensively with management teams of these high-growth and early-stage companies within Oklahoma, in support of the company’s overall business commercialization efforts.
Prior to her position with i2E, Dia served in the role of Entrepreneurship Specialist for the Ada Jobs Foundation in Ada, Oklahoma. In this role she oversaw the development of entrepreneurship and innovation in the city of Ada.
At her core, Dia is passionate about her work to build and strengthen Oklahoma’s innovation economy, especially amongst rural and BIPOC communities by connecting resources, creating access to capital and opportunities, and supporting the cultivation of inclusive startup communities.
Dia has served as an active member in several entrepreneurial development organizations including the Oklahoma Venture Advisory Council, Oklahoma Venture Forum, Oklahoma Business Incubator Association, International Economic Development Council, and Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation’s ESHIP Champions Team.