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VentureSpur Announces 2014 Accelerator Participants

DALLAS, TEXAS (August 5, 2014) – VentureSpur, the seed fund and venture accelerator in Dallas, announced the 2014 participants today. The participants include startups from across the globe including New Jersey, China, Georgia, Mexico,  and Texas.

“With our refined focus on retail technology, we worked hard to find and recruit great teams with great ideas from around the country and beyond to join us in Dallas for VentureSpur 2014” said David Matthews, Managing Director of VentureSpur. “We are extremely pleased with the talented group of entrepreneurs participating in this year’s program.”

  5mslogo5 Million Shoppers helps Chinese tourists arrange shopping tours when they travel in the US. This is the very first mobile online-to-offline service that brings Chinese shoppers directly to US retailers.
5screens logo5 5 Screens Media is innovatively connecting businesses and consumers through Sponsored Data which leads to increased traffic, better  engagement, and greater sales within a rewarding consumer experience.
Brandfitters Logo SnipBrandfitters is a mobile app that connects consumers with brands when, how, and where they want–giving the consumer a voice and control of the relationship and engagement level.
Hostspot LogoHostspot provides insights that help brick and mortar businesses optimize the performance of their customer engagement to create a unique shopping experience by leveraging marketing, merchandising and analytics tools.  Hostspot does for the offline business what Google analytics does for the online world.
Jjma_logooinMe@ is a mobile app that empowers merchants to cheaply and easily market themselves.  Through JoinMe@, merchants can both preserve and virally grow their customer base using our proprietary digital word-of-mouth system.
JoopLoop LogoJoopLoop is mobile software that monetizes the value of a consumer’s social network in sales transactions at retail brick and mortar and allocates a value to each consumer via their Social Networth(tm) Index (SNI). Retailers can then target consumers based on their SNI with subsequent mobile campaigns.

 

 

trinet_logo_mediumWe are delighted to announce TriNet as a Silver Sponsor to our 2014 program!

TriNet provides HR outsourcing services, including payroll, health benefits and human capital management for small to medium-sized business owners. They specialize in industries such as technology, advertising & marketing, venture capital, and consulting services.  TriNet services help businesses contain HR costs, minimize employer-related risks, and reduce the administrative burden of HR, affording clients the ability to focus on developing their products, services and employees.

Please join us in thanking TriNet for their continued support of the entrepreneurial and startup communities.

More information about TriNet can be found on their website at www.trinet.com.

lisbeth mcnabbPlease join us in welcoming new mentor, Lisbeth McNabb!  Lisbeth has an extensive background in digital media, retail and ecommerce.  She has held executive positions with such companies as Match.com, PepsiCo, AT&T, American Airlines and Sodexo.  She currently serves as President of DigiWorks.

Lisbeth was recently named to the Financial Times Agenda List of Top 50 Digital Board Directors, and honored as one of North Texas’s Top Women in Technology.

Follow Lisbeth on twitter @lisbethmcnabb

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We are pleased to announce Montgomery Coscia Greilich, LLP as a Presenting Sponsor of our 2014 program!

Montgomery Coscia Greilich is a full-service, professional accounting firm with expertise in traditional accounting services as well as mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and systems consulting.

Montgomery Coscia Greilich LLP began in 2003 and currently has over 240 professionals including sixteen partners. MCG is ranked as the 6th largest accounting firm in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex by the Dallas Business Journal. MCG is a member of the Alliott Group, a worldwide alliance of independent accounting, law, and consulting firms with more than 176 member firms in some 71 countries.

Please join us in thanking Montgomery Coscia Greilich for their continued support of the entrepreneurial community.

For more information on MCG, vist their website at http://www.mcggroup.com.

HumCap LogoWe would like to recognize and thank HumCap Inc. for being a Silver Sponsor to our 2014 program! HumCap is a very active supporter of the entrepreneurial community as a member of organizations such as Entrepreneurs Organization (EO), Entrepreneurs for North Texas, and the Entrepreneurship Institute.

HumCap is a Dallas-based recruiting firm with a staff of recruiting experts who have over 200 years of collective experience in recruiting and HR services. They have experience in providing companies with comprehensive business solutions needed to attract, hire, and retain their most valuable assets – the right players on their team. Through their mission and business philosophy, HumCap strives to create value for clients, job seekers and the business communities.

More information about HumCap can be found on their website at: www.humcapinc.com

CONGRATULATIONS FINALISTS!

Meet our 2014 Finalists!

 

brandfittersBrandfitters- BrandFitters is a web-based app designed to enable brands to get as close to the consumer as possible – in real-time.

 

homplexHomplex- Homplex is a marketplace for high quality 3d models of virtual showrooms promoting home furnishings products.

 

hostspotHostspot-Hostspot provides insights that help businesses optimize the performance of their customer engagement, marketing, merchandising and operations.

 

JoopLoopJoopLoop- A social media, marketing platform that enables brands to track ROI via custom, offer-driven, mobile campaigns.

 

LineappleLineapple-Lineapple helps people avoid physically standing in lines and still be able to communicate with the business.

 

okavongoOkavango- Okavongo is a social commerce technology startup currently developing patent pending software to connect shoppers with a common interest at a common time.

 

PactandaPactanda- Pactanda brings companies and their customers together to resolve issues related to online transactions quickly, confidentially and fairly.

 

Piecemaker-Logo-Hi-Res (1) (2)PieceMaker-PieceMaker Technologies empowers retail stores to offer an unlimited range of custom products, made on-demand and at the point of sale.

 

WattaduWattadu- Wattadu is a mobile app that simplifies making plans with friends.

 

 

Quick Pitches will take place this week. Companies selected from the Quick Pitch round will join early selection companies:

5m5MShoppers-5MShoppers connects an upcoming 5,000,000 yearly Chinese Tourist Shoppers to US local retailers.

 

5screens5 Screens Media -Provides business with a cloud based single access point solution to sponsor data content with seamless experience across mobile carriers globally.

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joinmeJoinMe@- A mobile app that empowers small businesses to leverage their existing customer base to target and attract new customers.

 

in the 2014 VentureSpur Accelerator Program!  Congratulations to our Finalists!  Thank you to everyone who applied to our program! Be sure to join us at our upcoming networking and community events!

New Mentor Tom Gaunt!

Tom Gaunt

Welcome new mentor, Tom Gaunt. Tom has been an executive in the software business for over 25 years.  He has managed exponential growth at early stage companies, such as Macromedia.  More recently Tom was SVP of worldwide sales at Rogue Wave Software, a leading provider of enterprise class software tools and components.  He is currently the CEO of a stealth mode start up.  In addition, Tom serves on the board of directors of the Dallas Angel Network and of Readers 2 Leaders, a West Dallas based non-profit whose charter is to help kids in West Dallas to read at or above grade level.

Peter Walker

We are excited to add Dr. Peter Walker to our growing list of mentors!

Peter Walker has extensive experience in developing multimedia, networking, and systems management products and technologies. Currently, Peter is developing a new collaboration site for musicians called Jamkazam.

You can find out more about Peter and all of our mentors by visiting our Mentor Roster page!

 

EnkitecMentor Wade Nicolas, President & Co-Founder of Enkitec has sold his company!  The Dallas-based business has been acquired by Accenture, a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company.  The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Enkitec is an Oracle Platinum partner and a worldwide leader in Oracle Exadata implementations, Oracle database administration and development.  The Enkitec team will be joining Accenture’s global infrastructure services business to assist with performance and flexibility of Oracle Engineered Systems.

From The Accenture Announcement:

“The Enkitec team has the largest concentration of talent at this level of specialization in Oracle Engineered Systems in the market today and adding their industry-leading capabilities will be a game-changer for our Oracle business,” - Derek Steelberg, global managing director of Oracle business for Accenture.

Enkitec has been previously recognized as one of Dallas’ 100 Fastest Growing Companies.  Enkitec was also ranked #1,127 on Inc Magazine’s list of Fastest Growing Companies and recognized as one of the  “Best Places to Work” by Dallas Business Journal.

Read the full announcement from Accenture here.

 

 

 

OrderMyGear award

Please join us in congratulating OrderMyGear on being named the 2014 National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) Industry Catalyst All-Star at the 2014 NSGA Management Conference Team Dealer Summit held in Indian Wells, California.

OrderMyGear is a 2013 VentureSpur Acceleration Program graduate who has raised more than $500K since the program Pitch Day last October.

OrderMyGear is the first software service company of its kind, providing online group sporting goods ordering online with features for managing sales, reporting, and collections.

VentureSpur is proud of OrderMyGear, their vision and continued efforts to innovate the sporting goods industry.

2013-07-30_161512To learn more about OrderMyGear, please visit their website at:
www.ordermygear.com.

 

About the NSGA Industry Catalyst All-Star Award:

The NSGA Industry Catalyst All-Star Award recognizes companies that actively inspire innovation in the sporting good industry. The NSGA awards the Industry Catalyst All-Star Award to companies that “implement measures to advance and spark innovation in the sporting goods industry.”

The NSGA also recognizes the future influences of the recipient: “The recipient of the Industry Catalyst All-Star Award will have a dramatic impact on the industry, raising the standards of excellence through innovation. The winning company can display innovation through its products, use of technology, culture, or dedication to encouraging sports participation in new ways.”

“The Industry Catalyst All-Star Award recognizes companies that implement measures to advance and spark innovation in the sporting goods industry. The recipient of the Industry Catalyst All-Star Award will have a dramatic impact on the industry, raising the standards of excellence through innovation.

The winning company can display innovation through its products, use of technology, culture, or dedication to encouraging sports participation in new ways.” (www.nsga.org)

Read more about the NSGA All-Star Awards at www.nsga.org

 

Dallas_Morning_News_bannerVentureSpur Texas was featured in a Dallas Morning News article highlighting the evolution of the program into the new Dallas offices:

VentureSpur will focus on mobility and technology for restaurants, retail and hospitality.

VentureSpur co-founder and Trailblazer Capital managing director David Matthews will be VentureSpur’ interim managing director.

Matthews said in an interview that it made sense to separate the program into two local entities, given the logistics of running programs in two cities.

“A really good accelerator is really local,” Matthews said.

 

Click here to read the full Dallas Morning News article. 

 

For more information on VentureSpur Dallas, read our blog announcement: Announcement of New Dallas office, Consolidated Operations

 

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VentureSpur has announced Oklahoma-based LaunchOklahoma as a spin-off of VentureSpur, taking forward the operations of the accelerator in Oklahoma, while VentureSpur Texas continues the accelerator’s operations in Dallas.

Read more about VentureSpur Texas’ new focus area and new Interim Managing Director here.

Read more about LaunchOklahoma, in the official LaunchOklahoma announcement here.

Check out www.LaunchOklahoma.com for more information on what to expect from the Oklahoma accelerator!