TechColumbus names new CEO
The TechColumbus Board of Directors announces the appointment of Tom D. Walker as the new CEO.
“Tom is a nationally recognized leader in technology commercialization as well as company and job creation,” said Ray Shealy, Search Committee Chair. “He is a transformational executive with proven success at originating and leading tech-based initiatives that accelerate economic growth. Tom brings exactly the credentials and the track record that we want in TechColumbus.”
Walker is looking forward to joining TechColumbus and understands the kind of support and assistance that entrepreneurs need to turn innovative ideas and scientific discoveries into high-growth businesses that benefit local and regional economies.
“I’m honored to accept this opportunity and excited to join the Columbus area’s entrepreneurial community,” Walker said. “With the region’s outstanding entrepreneurs and the committed resources and collaborative activity from the city, state, and partners, such as The Ohio Sate University, Battelle, Columbus 2020, and the Third Frontier, TechColumbus is positioned to achieve even greater outcomes and to enhance its national recognition as a model of new company formation and job creation.”
Since 2007, Walker has been the CEO and President of i2E, a private non-profit corporation focused on growing high-growth companies and making a positive impact on Oklahoma’s economy. He was part of the i2E founding team, and prior to becoming CEO, served the organization in multiple executive positions.
i2E has received international and national awards, and is widely regarded as a model for tech-based economic development through working directly with entrepreneurs, researchers, and companies to help them commercialize their technologies and launch and grow new companies.
During Walker’s tenure, i2E significantly increased Oklahoma entrepreneurs’ access to risk capital. i2E has $40 million under management across six investment funds that span the stages of business growth from proof-of-concept to growth. Additionally, i2E has attracted angel and venture capital investments of over $700 million to i2E’s portfolio. These portfolio companies grew jobs at over 25 percent the past three years with an average salary of $65,000.
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