Open Office Hours at the DEC May 9th

The DEC logoVentureSpur is excited to announce Community Open Office Hours are traveling to The Dallas Entrepreneur Center (DEC). The DEC serves entrepreneurs in the Dallas area, providing a location where they can receive training, education, mentorship, promotion and access to capital in order to encourage and equip the entrepreneurial community to start, build and grow their businesses.

VentureSpur will hold office hours at The DEC on Friday, May9, 2014 from 2:00-5:00 p.m.

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

We encourage any entrepreneurs considering applying to the 2014 Acceleration Program or any entrepreneurs who would like to receive feedback on a startup idea to sign up for a 30-minute session on our events page.

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There are limited 30-minute sessions available, so sign-up ASAP! Slots will go quickly.

To see the Community Open Office Hours schedule and to sign up, visit our events page.

Interested in applying to the 2014 Accelerator Program? An initial application need only include a resume, business outline and a Powerpoint presentation or executive summary of some kind. Please see our 2014 Program Application for more details.

Receiving these prior to scheduling an Open Office Hours meeting helps VentureSpur to provide serious applicants with the most attention and allows us to make the best use of your time by reviewing your startup beforehand.  Please email materials to info@venturespur.com for review prior to your scheduled meeting.

Follow the links below to reserve your 30-minute Community Open Office Hours session @ The DEC:

Friday, May 9, 2:00 – 2:30 pm (booked)

Friday, May 9, 2:30 – 3:00 pm

Friday, May 9, 3:00 – 3:30 pm

Friday, May 9, 3:30 – 4:00 pm

Friday, May 9, 4:00 – 4:30 pm

Friday, May 9, 4:30 – 5:00 pm

 

To find out more about The DEC at www.thedec.co

GoldFire Studios Launches CasinoRPG!

Become a high-roller and casino tycoon with

2012 VentureSpur graduate GoldFire Studios!

Today marked the long-awaited launch of GoldFire Studios’ CasinoRPG game!

GoldFire began developing the game in early 2012 and, in 2013, began beta testing with over 17,000 active beta players. Those two years of development have now lead to VentureSpur graduate GoldFire Studios releasing the game for public consumption.

Support for CasinoRPG quickly gained momentum with a successful kickstarter campaign in early 2013, which raised more than $20,000.

CasinoRPG isn’t your standard casino gambling game. Players work their way up in the CasinoRPG community through games, gambling, jobs, and missions to big rollers and casino owners.

The game is developed in HTML5 and is hosted on the open web, allowing it to be played on practically any device! Check out the game trailer above or go directly to the CasinoRPG source at www.casinorpg.com!

Sign up! Make your own avatar and join the already buzzing CasinoRPG community!

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Check out other news sources and blogs about the CasinoRPG launch!

GamePolitics.com – CasinoRPG Launches Today

GamersTemple.com – CasinoRPG Opens its Doors

GoldFireStudios.com – CasinoRPG Official Launch and Trailer

GamerShell.com – CasinoRPG Launched

 

About GoldFire Studios:

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GoldFire studios was founded by James Simpson in 2008 and is Oklahoma City’s first game development company. James and the GoldFire team began the Oklahoma Game Developers meetup group in 2013 and continue to be active members and organizers in the Oklahoma gaming community.

For more information, check out GoldFireStudios.com!

 

2012 VentureSpur Graduate GoldFire Studios Announces CasinoRPG Launch Date!

After a year of beta testing and Kickstarters, GoldFire Studios has excitedly announced the launch of their long awaited CasinoRPG on April 16, 2014.

In a blog announcement, GoldFire Studios founder James Simpson commented that the launch will not halt progress and further development of the game:

It will allow us to accelerate further towards our goals as we also begin to further expand the already vibrant community.

For a glimpse of the CasinoRPG, watch the game trailer above. Make sure to follow GoldFire Studios for more information and updates!

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For more information, read the GoldFire Studios announcement.

VentureSpur Mentor Sells Company for $45 Million

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Oklahoma City media software training company Digital Tutors has been acquired by PluralSight, a Salt-Lake City based company which provides an online catalog of professional software training tools.

With the merger of Digital Tutors’ library of creative media training tools, PluralSight now boasts the largest digital software training catalog with over 3,000 training modules. Former CEO and founder of Digital Tutors, Piyush Patel, commented in an interview with NewsOK:

They are the largest provider of internet based training for IT professionals and developers. Now we are bringing the creative arm to that business.

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Announcement of New Dallas Office, Consolidated Operations

12285289VentureSpur announced at Friday’s Tech Trends for Restaurants and Retail event in Dallas, Texas the launch of our new dedicated Dallas office and new full-time Interim Managing Director and Dallas support staff.

The new Interim Managing Director is VentureSpur co-founder and venture capitalist, David Matthews. Mr. Matthews has led the accelerator’s Board of Managing Members and supervised Trailblazer Capital’s anchor investment in the accelerator’s 2013 fund.

The accelerator has consolidated operations to the new Dallas office and intends to host this year’s acceleration program at its partner facility, The Dallas Entrepreneur Center.

As a part of the consolidation, Trailblazer Capital agreed to make an anchor investment of $100,000 and also to provide in-kind management and administrative support services.

In addition, VentureSpur has announced a strong focus on startups working in mobility and technology for restaurants, retail and hospitality.

For more information, contact VentureSpur@TrailblazerCapital.com

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Inside the VentureSpur Experience: An Interview with Kent McKeaigg from OrderMyGear

VS INSIDE ACCL LOGO 3.5Kent: I’m with OrderMyGear.com and we are a platform and marketplace for the team sporting goods and group apparel industry.

What did you like best about your experience in the VentureSpur acceleration program?

Kent: For me and the company, it was the exposure to the knowledge and experience that the mentors and seminars provided. That was really valuable.

It is a little bit of a drink from a fire-hydrant type of approach. Though some of the things were not immediately applicable to our business, I think hearing from entrepreneurs who have been successful as well as the other companies that were going through the program was really beneficial.

The other part of the exposure was connecting with the venture capital community and the investment community. That is a whole different learning curve.

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What kinds of challenges were you facing when you entered the accelerator?

Kent: The challenges that we faced when we were looking at accelerators really came down to scaling our product, our customer base, and our team. We were fortunate to enter the accelerator with a growing business with customers. So, the scalability portion for us was growing and accessing a new customer base and leveraging the business we had built to take it to the next level.

There were a lot of challenges that, after joining the program, we realized we were facing that we hadn’t before. But, initially, we were trying to figure out how to plant our flag and say, “This is where we’re headed. This is the problem that we are solving.” Then make decisions that are consistent with solving that problem.

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2012 VentureSpur Graduate idefi Takes Runner Up at SXSW Buffalo Lounge Elevator Pitch Competition!

idefi wins runner up in the 2014 SXSW Buffalo Lounge Elevator Pitch Competition!

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Brady Deaton [center] from idefi presenting his pitch as Ashok Kamal [right] from SIVI watches.

Join us in congratulating idefi, a 2012 VentureSpur Accelerator graduate, for receiving title of runner up in the 2014 South by Southwest Buffalo Lounge Elevator Pitch Competition on March 10th!

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Inside the VentureSpur Experience: An Interview with Justin Jeter from PurposeMatch.com

VS INSIDE ACCL LOGO 3.5Justin: I am co-founder of PurposeMatch.com, formerly known as SPARXlife. At PurposeMatch we create web and mobile based software that helps people discover a sense of purpose in their lives and matches with real opportunities to live that purpose – colleges, online classes, jobs, books, events, etc.

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

Justin: Like most startups we lacked the capital to build a business. But, I think the big reason why we lacked the capital is that we were really unclear on what our business model was going to be. We had all of these different ideas about directions that we could go. Directions that we thought might work, but we were really struggling with a bit of analysis paralysis in terms of trying to figure out what our business model should be.

We were really looking for the opportunity to really drill into the best way to monetize this vision that we had. We were really looking for feedback that could help us make a decision and move forward with that.

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March Black Box Breakfast Buzz

BBB Buzz logoBreakfast was served in Dallas and Oklahoma City at our third Black Box Breakfast event this year. Attendees at both locations enjoyed coffee, juice, pastries, and inspiring entrepreneurial stories together as the two cities were linked via web conference.

This month’s featured mentors and entrepreneurs were Gab Goncalves, Senior Vice President of Human Capital Management Strategy at Infor, and Roy Georgia, CIO at Surgical Care Affiliates.

Our breakfast discussion topic was delivered via video by mentor and board member, Mike Whitaker. Thanks to all who came out to the breakfast! For those of you who did not make it, here’s a breakdown of what you missed:

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2014 Community Open Office Hours Schedule

Our 2014 applications are open and open office hours are in full swing. Look below for a complete listing of upcoming office hours dates, locations, and times!

2014 VentureSpur Community Open Office Hours Schedule:

Friday, March 28, 2014     3:00 – 5:00PM
OU Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth

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Three Partners Place
201 David L. Boren Blvd., Suite 100
Norman, OK 73019-5720

View available sessions.

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Thursday, April 3, 2014    2:00 – 5:00PM
The Dallas Entrepreneur Center (DEC)

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1333 North Stemmons Freeway
Suite 110

Dallas, TX 752087

View available sessions.

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Friday, April 4, 2014    2:00 – 5:00PM
Innovation Greenhouse at the University of North Texas

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

Reserve a seat at the presentation!
All private sessions have been reserved.

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Friday, April 18, 2014    2:00 – 5:00PM
The Exchange OKC / VentureSpur OKC Office

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700 ½ W. Sheridan Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

View available sessions.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014    2:00 – 5:00PM
The Forge

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125 W. Third St.
Tulsa, OK 74103

View available sessions.

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VentureSpur Open Office Hours Will Be At The Exchange OKC on April 18th!

ExchangeOKC_logoAnnouncing Community Open Office Hours at The Exchange OKC on Friday, April 18, 2014! The Exchange, a unique space offering event space, conference rooms and office suites, houses VentureSpur’s Oklahoma City office.

VentureSpur will hold office hours at The Exchange on Friday, April 18, 2014 from 2:00-5:00 p.m.

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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Media Buzz on VentureSpur 2014

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The announcement of our 2014 acceleration program  was featured in four articles. In case you missed them, here are quick links to the four media sources:

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Innovators: VentureSpur
Crossing State Lines

Read the full article in the March 11, 2014 edition Journal Record

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VentureSpur to almost double acceptances to 2014 accelerator program

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VentureSpur Announces its 2014 Program to Fund 12 Startups


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VentureSpur seeks larger class for its third startup program and announces changes

 

Keep an eye out for VentureSpur updates and excitement! Early admission deadlines are approaching! Our March Black Box Breakfast is coming up soon! And more to come! Stay tuned!

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