Oklahoma – The State of Success

Vol1 iss4 2015

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18 O K L A H O M A – T H E S T A T E O F S U C C E S S No Small Feat T A L E S O F S U C C E S S F U L E E P R E E U R S ntrepreneurs who launch a small business in Oklahoma fnd that the amount of help they can receive is anything but small. WeGoLook and Monscierge are two examples of Oklahoma startups that took advantage of the assistance offered, and they are now taking their industries by storm. WeGoLook is a mobile online platform that dispatches more than 20,000 people to verify claims made by Internet sellers about assets or properties, and Monscierge is a technology solution that enables hotels to communicate more seamlessly with their guests. Both beneftted from i2E Inc., part of an OCAST (Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology) initiative aimed at connecting startup businesses in Oklahoma with sources of capital and other assistance. "The climate for entrepreneurs and innovators in Oklahoma right now is exceptional," says Scott Meacham, president and CEO for i2E. "We are seeing more and higher-quality deals over the last 12 months or so than we have ever seen. Oklahoma City has created that critical mass of place. In Tulsa, we see a good level of innovation, and they are getting to that point where the power of place Startups receive support from multiple sources in Oklahoma. b y R O N S T A R N E R E 36degreesNorth in Tulsa Image cour tesy of 36degreesNor th

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