Duties of the Oklahoma City Thunder prolong additional than simply the basketball courtroom. With OKC being a smaller market than most, the Thunder are working to spice up enterprise improvement inside their residence state. Their newest initiative is referred to as “Thunder Launchpad,” which seeks to spice up native tech funding:
The initiative is in partnership with StitchCrew, an area agency in search of to assist tech-based mostly entrepreneurs get their concepts off the bottom.
Thunder Launchpad’s bodily area is situated in OKC’s Midtown neighborhood. It’s going to play host to occasions and packages giving entrepreneurs the area and assets they should impress potential buyers.
“We’re proud that the Thunder has develop into such an integral a part of our group, and we’re invested in the way forward for our residence state,” Brian Byrnes, senior VP of Gross sales and Advertising for the Thunder, stated in a press release Thursday. “Creating the Thunder Launchpad is a singular and ahead-wanting method to reinforce the distinctive ties we now have shaped throughout the area and to foster progress and improvement in Oklahoma.”
You possibly can apply to be a part of the Thunder Launchpad Accelerator (TLA) — a 12-week program meant to serve startups when it comes to designing and scaling improvements.
“In March 2018, we will host the first cohort of founders who will profit from free workspace, mentorship and an enormous suite of shared providers via our established community of funding, operations, advertising and authorized suppliers,” in line with the TLA web site. “As soon as we get concepts off the bottom, founders out of the storage and able to be enterprise-backed we introduce our startups to the funding group.”
The Thunder and StitchCrew are welcoming all to use, no matter business.
“We’re thrilled about our partnership with the Oklahoma City Thunder,” StitchCrew founder Erika Lucas stated in a press release. “Cultivating a thriving startup group and a sustainable innovation ecosystem takes lots of effort, open collaboration and an extended-time period dedication. We couldn’t consider a greater group associate to assist catalyze this effort.”