Creative Oklahoma is pleased to announce the startup of an exciting new mentoring program for Oklahoma’s entrepreneurs, the Oklahoma Entrepreneur Mentoring Program (OKEMP), based on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Venture Mentoring Service (MIT VMS) Model.
On Thursday, March 15th, from 9:00 am — 10:00 pm, we invite you to join us for a special free informational event with Kent Summers, a Cambridge-based and long-time mentor and instructor with the MIT VMS program, at StarSpace46. Bagels and coffee will be provided and along with a great opportunity to network with other entrepreneurs.
The event is for any entrepreneur with a passion for startups. OKEMP will select a handful of entrepreneurs for the inaugural round. Details regarding application process along with the many program benefits will be covered during the morning meetup. Please let us know via the RSVP button below whether you will be able to attend the event. We are excited to share this new program with you and get your input on how we can make this program a successful part of the Oklahoma entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Please let me know if you have any questions or comments.
All the best,
StarSpace46 & Creative Oklahoma
About Kent Summers
Following five years as a Program Trader on the Options Trading Desk at Bear Stearns & Co. and Tech Analyst with EJV Partners LLC, Summers was recruited to Boston in 1991 to join the founders of EBT — a “browser” start-up out of Brown that bootstrapped over a 5-year period to $15M annual sales and was acquired in 1996 by Inso Corp. During this time Summers served as co-founding member of the W3C Technical Advisory Board (MIT 1994) and Director with X Consortium and OASIS.
Over a subsequent 12-year period Summers founded three software start-ups: MyHelpdesk (acquired by PC Support), PCMovingVan (acquired by PE firm) and Collego Corp. (acquired by MRO Software). Following the sale of Collego, Kent joined an M&A boutique to develop exits for under-performing VC portfolio companies. From 2005 to 2017, Summers served as Managing Partner at PCA, where he grew revenue 4x with 40% operating margins. Kent retired from PCA in February 2017 to pursue his passions for supporting start-ups in professional, academic and volunteer capacities.
For the past 15 years Kent has been an active volunteer mentor with the MIT Venture Mentoring Service (VMS) which supports student, staff, faculty and alumni entrepreneurial activity—where he has helped many MIT start-ups navigate early-stage company formation, planning and execution challenges. For the past eight years, as a volunteer instructor with the VMS Outreach Team, Summers has worked closely with dozens of organizations around the world successfully adopt the MIT VMS Team Mentoring Model.
In 2009 Summers offered the first “Sales Bootcamp” for entrepreneurs enrolled in the MIT VMS program. The workshop quickly expanded to a campus-wide IAP course and regular lectures at the MIT Sloan School of Management, the Harvard Business School, and the Wharton School at Univ. Penn. To date Kent has presented the Sales Bootcamp for Start-ups to over 3,000 entrepreneurs at domestic and international university, business incubator, accelerator, investment consortia and economic development program venues.
Summers is an active investor, serves on the board and advises a number of early-stage companies in the Boston and NYC areas.
About Creative Oklahoma
Creative Oklahoma is a statewide nonprofit organization whose mission is to develop, promote and celebrate Oklahoma’s creativity and innovation in education, commerce and culture. Their purpose is to inspire, catalyze and promote ideas that lead to a more vibrant economy and improved quality of life. Creative Oklahoma’s programs include the Oklahoma Entrepreneur Mentoring Program, Oklahoma Creative Communities, Oklahoma Creative Ambassadors Program & Gala, Creativity Forums, and the Districts of Creativity Network. For more information – stateofcreativity.com.