About Us

History

Founded by successful entrepreneurs with a genuine desire to help other emerging entrepreneurs and to give back economically to the local community, state and region, VentureSpur is a venture accelerator that is truly “By Entrepreneurs and For Entrepreneurs.”

First conceived by three members of the Entrepreneur’s Organization of Oklahoma in the fall of 2011, the accelerator was formally organized in October 2011.

The accelerator and seed fund is modeled on successful accelerators throughout the US that have pioneered a new way of deploying venture capital that is closely coupled with active mentorship, a purpose-driven education and development program, and that culminates in a “Pitch Day” during which entrepreneurial teams will have an opportunity to showcase their business in front of leading venture capital and angel investors from throughout the region and country.

Managing Director / Co-Founder

Mr. David Matthews has a background as an entrepreneur, a lead investor in emerging alternative investment funds, a venture capitalist, and as a venture philanthropist. As an entrepreneur, David launched several successful start-ups including Intelecon, Green Mountain Dallas, and The Exchange. Read More

dmatthews@venturespur.com

 

Co-Founders

Mr. Gabe Bass is an entrepreneur and an attorney. He began his career as an early employee of a venture-backed software startup and has founded, helped to develop, and invested in several businesses.  Gabe is involved in several professional organizations and was formerly the President of the Oklahoma Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO).

 

 

KLE_Portrait_Edit3-160x160Mr. Kraettli Lawerence Epperson is an active entrepreneur, technologist and investor with experience as a chief executive, chief technical officer and board member for multiple technology companies.  He has a technical background as a software developer and systems administrator.  As an entrepreneur, Kraettli has launched several successful technology companies including Questia Media, R7 Solutions & HyperAlert.

 

Management

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Mike Whitaker, Lead Mentor

Mike has a background as a highly successful entrepreneur, business owner, angel investor, venture developer, and radio personality.

 

 

 

Ashley Amend, Development Director

Ashley has a history of launching entrepreneurial ventures and raising both angel and venture capital for her own technology companies and also owns MyRankMonsters.com, a search engine optimization company. Ashley facilitates VentureSpur community outreach and partnerships, as well as advising the company and portfolio companies on fundraising.

 

Lindsay EllisLindsay Ellis, Operations Manager

Lindsay is the Operations Manager at VentureSpur where she is responsible for managing and developing the accelerator program and communication channels.  She has a background in event production and assists in the planning and coordination of VentureSpur events.