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Forge & Typros_combined logoVentureSpur is excited to announce Community Open Office Hours are traveling to The Forge in Tulsa. The Forge’s mission is to accelerate the development and success of startup and existing businesses in Tulsa by providing physical resources, financial advice, business plan development and networking opportunities.

VentureSpur will hold office hours at The Forge on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 from 2:00-5:00 p.m.

This year, rather than holding all of our Open Office Hours at our offices, VentureSpur is venturing out to locations throughout the US to hold Open Office Hours.

Community Open Office Hours provide entrepreneurs the opportunity to sit down for a private, one-on-one, 30-minute consultation with VentureSpur Managing Director, Kraettli L. Epperson.

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KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAVentureSpur announced its 2014 program today. Be sure to check out the new application deadlines and exciting updates!

View upcoming office hours, events, and deadlines on our events page! Please submit all applications via our 2014 Program Application page.

 

Download the full announcement here:
Press Release – VentureSpur Announces 2014 Program – Schedule – New Investment Fund [PDF]

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Can you tell us a little about your background?

I’m the CEO of Pariveda Solutions, which I co-founded in 2003. It is the third company that I launched or have been involved with in a founder-type role. I’ve also done a lot of angel investing with the Baylor Angel Network. I’ve been doing angel investing for the last ten years.

Why did you become a mentor?

Bruce: …It is a very worthwhile thing to do. It can be fun. It can be a great learning experience. It’s a great way to return your entrepreneurial skills. Being a mentor allows you to pass on your specialty.

Bruce BallengeeWhat did you learn from your startup team?

Bruce: They have a really good understanding of a part of the internet value chain, if you will, all these different providers that essentially make money with clicks and ad placements. That was very educational for me, because I hadn’t really explored that kind of marketing much and I knew very little about it – very surface knowledge. Their whole business model is basically “How do we target e-commerce marketing by adding and extracting marketing value through e-mail?” It was very educational.

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The DEC logoAnnouncing Community Open Office Hours at The Dallas Entrepreneur Center (DEC)  on Thursday, April 3, 2014! The DEC provides a collaborative environment for entrepreneurs in the Dallas area where they can receive training, education, mentorship, promotion and access to capital.

VentureSpur will hold office hours at the DEC Thursday, April 3, 2014 from 2:00-5:00 p.m.

This year, rather than holding all of our Open Office Hours at our offices, VentureSpur is venturing out to locations throughout the US to hold Open Office Hours.

Community Open Office Hours provide entrepreneurs the opportunity to sit down for a private, one-on-one 30-minute consultation with VentureSpur Managing Director, Kraettli L. Epperson.

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Innovation Greenhouse UNT logo_use this oneVentureSpur is excited to announce Community Open Office Hours are traveling to the University of North Texas (UNT) on Friday, April 4, 2014 to hold open office hours hosted by the Innovation Greenhouse! The Innovation Greenhouse’s initiative is to encourage students from all academic backgrounds to be entrepreneurial inside and outside the classroom.

VentureSpur will hold office hours at UNT on Friday, April 4, 2014 from 2:30-5:00 p.m. with an introductory presentation to the VentureSpur Acceleration Program beginning at 2:00 p.m.

Business Leadership Building, Room 170
1307 W Highland St
Denton, TX 76203

This year, rather than holding all of our Open Office Hours at our offices, VentureSpur is venturing out to locations throughout the US to hold Open Office Hours.

Community Open Office Hours provide entrepreneurs the opportunity to sit down for a private, one-on-one 15-minute consultation with VentureSpur Managing Director, Kraettli L. Epperson.

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VentureSpur is excited to announce Community Open Office Hours are traveling to Tulsa Works Coworking Day at the Ford Building in Tulsa on Friday, March 7, 2014! Tulsa Works 2014 is an all day coworking event geared toward individuals and organizations interested in experiencing what a true coworking environment can be for Tulsa.

VentureSpur will hold office hours at the Tulsa Works Coworking Day on Tuesday, March 7, 2014 from 2:00-5:00 p.m.

This year, rather than holding all of our Open Office Hours at our offices, VentureSpur is venturing out to locations throughout the US to hold Open Office Hours.

Community Open Office Hours provide entrepreneurs the opportunity to sit down for a private, one-on-one 30-minute consultation with VentureSpur Managing Director, Kraettli L. Epperson.

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carter-smallPlease join us in welcoming Calvin Carter, Founder and President of Bottle Rocket to the VentureSpur mentor roster!

Recently named Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young, Carter has grown Bottle Rocket to over 180 Rocketeers and completed more than 150 iOS and Android apps since the company’s founding in 2008. The company’s apps frequently appear at the top of their categories on the App Store. In addition, Bottle Rocket has been named Entertainment App Developer of the Year by Variety, listed twice on the Inc. 500, named one of the “Top 100 Places to Work” by The Dallas Morning News and positioned at #61 on the Forbes list of “Most Promising Companies”.

Read more about Calvin in his mentor bio!

VS INSIDE ACCL LOGO 3.5What was your favorite part of the VentureSpur Accelerator experience?

Ashok: My favorite part of the Venture Accelerator was definitely the relationship-building with mentors. When you look at all of the variables for an early-stage company’s success, there’s product and finance. But ultimately, the extent that you can surround yourself with a great support network of advisors who have been there and done that before, is the most enjoyable experience. These people are entrepreneurs that understand your challenges and successes. The piece that I look back on most fondly was being in an accelerator that is mentor-driven, where we were able to network with new people.

What kinds of challenges was your company facing when you decided to enter the accelerator?

Ashok: Well, we were dealing with one of the hardest parts: Getting started. My co-founder, Nik, and I had really just come up with the idea for SIVI a few months before the accelerator began. When we started the program, we were trying to get off of the ground, working on our customer development process and beginning our product. For us, it was just all of the moving parts that you really have to get synchronized to launch your company. That was really the stage we were at when we began the accelerator. Looking back over the course of those three months, as the name implies, it really did accelerate the process for us. It helped us get our prototype out the door faster than we would have on our own.

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February Black Box Breakfast Buzz

BBB Buzz logoThe February installation of our Black Box Breakfast was full of flair featuring inspiring personal entrepreneurial stories from VentureSpur mentors Kat Nelson and Rex Kurzius and an insightful breakfast topic from mentor and board member, Mike Whitaker.

Video web conferencing linked the Dallas an Oklahoma City locations as attendees sat and enjoyed breakfast, coffee, and presentations from both locations.

Here are some highlights for those of you that  missed this brilliant breakfast event.

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VentureSpur will be presenting at the launch day for the new University of Oklahoma coworking space, Land Run.

The event will feature a brief introduction to the VentureSpur 2014 Accelerator Program from VentureSpur Managing Director, Kraettli Epperson, as well as pitch previews from SXSW Buffalo Lounge’s2014 i2E Elevator Pitch Competition Finalists.

Join CCEW Thursday, March 6 from 4-6pm for happy hour drinks and snacks as they officially launch the Land Run Coworking Space, located at the Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth. Tour the space, learn more about coworking memberships, and meet the inaugural members. The launch will also feature:

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Peggy FernauPlease join us in welcoming Peggy Fernau, owner of Lanier Thinking, to the VentureSpur mentor roster! Peggy is a successful marketing and sales executive with over 30 years of experience in implementing effective marketing, management, and sales plans for educational organizations. Through her consulting services, she has helped over 40 startups and other companies succeed in the K-12 marketplace.

Peggy has held key senior management positions as the VP of Marketing for both IBM’s K-12 division and Teacher Universe, as well as VP of Sales at ACT Aspire.

Read more about Peggy in her bio on our mentor roster!

UT_Dallas_tex_flameVentureSpur is excited to announce Community Open Office Hours are traveling to The Venture Development Center at the University of Texas at Dallas on Tuesday, March 4, 2014! The Venture Development Center at UT Dallas is a dedicated facility with furnished offices, conference rooms, central facilities, and lab space that facilitate the launch of enterprises founded on technology developed at UT Dallas by students and faculty.

VentureSpur will hold office hours at The Venture Development Center on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 from 2:00-5:00 p.m.

This year, rather than holding all of our Open Office Hours at our offices, VentureSpur is venturing out to locations throughout the US to hold Open Office Hours.

Community Open Office Hours provide entrepreneurs the opportunity to sit down for a private, one-on-one 30-minute consultation with VentureSpur Managing Director, Kraettli L. Epperson.

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