Oklahoma Investment, i2E Merge

After managing the Oklahoma Investment Forum for three years, i2E will merge the programs into its existing operations, the two organizations announced today.
The merger means i2E will have the rights to the Southwest Capital Conference and other long-standing OIF programs, and will incorporate similar entrepreneur and investor programs into its menu of services.
Leaders from both organizations said the merger is a positive move for the entrepreneur and investment communities in Oklahoma.
“During its nearly 20-year run, the Oklahoma Investment Forum has served as a catalyst to grow the innovation-based economy in Oklahoma,” said Tom Walker, executive vice president and chief operating officer of i2E.
Over the past 10 years, OIF has helped 30 companies raise more than $250 million in capital. It has hosted more than 780 out-of-state, high-risk investors, as well as several nationally recognized authorities on entrepreneurship and small-business development.
Although the OIF brand will be phased out, the new arrangement ensures the long-term stability and expansion of programs that have historically operated under the OIF banner.%9
Brett Crane, board chairman of OIF, said i2E brings a new level of energy and excitement to OIF’s suite of services.
“In recent years, i2E has become the recognized statewide authority for technology-based entrepreneurial growth in Oklahoma,” he said. “Both organizations believe that in this new format with i2E providing its expertise, the programs and services now available to OIF members and the entrepreneurial and angel investing community will be significantly enhanced.”
OIF started in 1989 with the mission of building bridges between entrepreneurs and sources of capital. Over the years, its programs have included Future Value Magazine, the Venture of the Year Awards and the Southwest Capital Conference, among others.
i2E has managed OIF’s programs for the last few years during which time the Southwest Capital Conference attracted records amount of venture capital to Oklahoma. It will launch its programs under the new arrangement on Oct. 18 in Tulsa with the innovation & Entrepreneur Luncheon (i&E) series. With programs alternating between Oklahoma City and Tulsa, the goal of the series is to help facilitate technology commercialization and economic development, and to raise awareness of the state’s research and technology talent among the business community. (See related release, attached.)
i2E, Inc. is a private not-for-profit Oklahoma corporation focused on wealth creation in Oklahoma by growing the technology-based entrepreneurial economy. i2E manages a suite of programs that provides, directly or by referrals, statewide access to specialized business development services that help turn innovation into enterprise. For more information, visit www.i2E.org.
After managing the Oklahoma Investment Forum for three years, i2E will merge the programs into its existing operations, the two organizations announced today.
The merger means i2E will have the rights to the Southwest Capital Conference and other long-standing OIF programs, and will incorporate similar entrepreneur and investor programs into its menu of services.
Leaders from both organizations said the merger is a positive move for the entrepreneur and investment communities in Oklahoma.
“During its nearly 20-year run, the Oklahoma Investment Forum has served as a catalyst to grow the innovation-based economy in Oklahoma,” said Tom Walker, executive vice president and chief operating officer of i2E.
Over the past 10 years, OIF has helped 30 companies raise more than $250 million in capital. It has hosted more than 780 out-of-state, high-risk investors, as well as several nationally recognized authorities on entrepreneurship and small-business development.
Although the OIF brand will be phased out, the new arrangement ensures the long-term stability and expansion of programs that have historically operated under the OIF banner.%9
Brett Crane, board chairman of OIF, said i2E brings a new level of energy and excitement to OIF’s suite of services.
“In recent years, i2E has become the recognized statewide authority for technology-based entrepreneurial growth in Oklahoma,” he said. “Both organizations believe that in this new format with i2E providing its expertise, the programs and services now available to OIF members and the entrepreneurial and angel investing community will be significantly enhanced.”
OIF started in 1989 with the mission of building bridges between entrepreneurs and sources of capital. Over the years, its programs have included Future Value Magazine, the Venture of the Year Awards and the Southwest Capital Conference, among others.
i2E has managed OIF’s programs for the last few years during which time the Southwest Capital Conference attracted records amount of venture capital to Oklahoma. It will launch its programs under the new arrangement on Oct. 18 in Tulsa with the innovation & Entrepreneur Luncheon (i&E) series. With programs alternating between Oklahoma City and Tulsa, the goal of the series is to help facilitate technology commercialization and economic development, and to raise awareness of the state’s research and technology talent among the business community. (See related release, attached.)
i2E, Inc. is a private not-for-profit Oklahoma corporation focused on wealth creation in Oklahoma by growing the technology-based entrepreneurial economy. i2E manages a suite of programs that provides, directly or by referrals, statewide access to specialized business development services that help turn innovation into enterprise. For more information, visit www.i2E.org.
After managing the Oklahoma Investment Forum for three years, i2E will merge the programs into its existing operations, the two organizations announced today.
The merger means i2E will have the rights to the Southwest Capital Conference and other long-standing OIF programs, and will incorporate similar entrepreneur and investor programs into its menu of services.
Leaders from both organizations said the merger is a positive move for the entrepreneur and investment communities in Oklahoma.
“During its nearly 20-year run, the Oklahoma Investment Forum has served as a catalyst to grow the innovation-based economy in Oklahoma,” said Tom Walker, executive vice president and chief operating officer of i2E.
Over the past 10 years, OIF has helped 30 companies raise more than $250 million in capital. It has hosted more than 780 out-of-state, high-risk investors, as well as several nationally recognized authorities on entrepreneurship and small-business development.
Although the OIF brand will be phased out, the new arrangement ensures the long-term stability and expansion of programs that have historically operated under the OIF banner.%9
Brett Crane, board chairman of OIF, said i2E brings a new level of energy and excitement to OIF’s suite of services.
“In recent years, i2E has become the recognized statewide authority for technology-based entrepreneurial growth in Oklahoma,” he said. “Both organizations believe that in this new format with i2E providing its expertise, the programs and services now available to OIF members and the entrepreneurial and angel investing community will be significantly enhanced.”
OIF started in 1989 with the mission of building bridges between entrepreneurs and sources of capital. Over the years, its programs have included Future Value Magazine, the Venture of the Year Awards and the Southwest Capital Conference, among others.
i2E has managed OIF’s programs for the last few years during which time the Southwest Capital Conference attracted records amount of venture capital to Oklahoma. It will launch its programs under the new arrangement on Oct. 18 in Tulsa with the innovation & Entrepreneur Luncheon (i&E) series. With programs alternating between Oklahoma City and Tulsa, the goal of the series is to help facilitate technology commercialization and economic development, and to raise awareness of the state’s research and technology talent among the business community. (See related release, attached.)
i2E, Inc. is a private not-for-profit Oklahoma corporation focused on wealth creation in Oklahoma by growing the technology-based entrepreneurial economy. i2E manages a suite of programs that provides, directly or by referrals, statewide access to specialized business development services that help turn innovation into enterprise. For more information, visit www.i2E.org.



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