Yesterday we saw the opening of Tulsa's newest business incubator - the Forge.This is a much needed addition to Tulsa and Oklahoma.
It is operated under the auspices of the Tulsa Metro Chamber's Young Professionals group, and its director is an executive on loan from Arvest Bank.
There will be room for up to 8 companies in the incubator.
I was a bit surprised to learn they had about 6500 people in the Young Professionals group, or at least that many in their database. I wouldn't be surprised if the incubator clients are all members of the group.
One of the hardest characteristics of a business incubator to develop is the networking that goes on in the hallways and after hours. By its very nature, it occurs on its own, not due to formal programming. And with the Forge operated by and for young professionals, this common set of interests could give it a step up on other incubators.
So welcome aboard Tulsa's Forge incubator! We look forward to hearing great things from you.