VentureSpur Announces 2014 Pitch Day!

To our VentureSpur mentors, investors, and strategic partners, to everyone working in the restaurant and retail space here in Dallas/Fort Worth, and to any other entrepreneurs in the metroplex, we would like to invite you to our annual VentureSpur Pitch Day!

Pitch DayPostpic1 marks the highlight of the 2014 class of VentureSpur Accelerator. At Pitch Day, Founders from this year’s class will share their innovative visions with the industry’s top investors, executives, media representatives, and the greater Dallas entrepreneurial community.  Pitch Day will feature investment and product pitches from our six early-stage technology companies, coming from all over the world, who have completed the 12-week VentureSpur acceleration program. This year’s startups are focused in technology for the restaurant and retail industries, and come from Mexico, China, New Jersey, Georgia, and Dallas, Texas.

Last year’s VentureSpur Pitch Day was attended by more than 200 angel investors, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and business owners from throughout the US and we expect this year to be even greater.

Asif Khan, Executive Director of the Location-Based Marketing Association (LBMA) will be our Keynote speaker.  Asif is a vePostpic2teran tech start-up, business-development and marketing entrepreneur with more than 15 years of experience. He is currently focused on working as a consultant, educator and speaker to the location-based marketing services community. Prior to launching The LBMA, Asif worked with companies as diverse as Limited Brands, IBM, Baxter Pharmaceuticals, Molson-Coors, Communispace, BestBuy, American Airlines, ScotiaBank, and Sears.  An avid technology evangelist, Asif also holds degrees in economics and management sciences from the University of Waterloo.

 

To reserve your seat at Pitch Day, please visit PitchDay.VentureSpur.Com

Transwestern Announced as Silver Sponsor

Transwestern

We are delighted to announce that Transwestern is now a VentureSpur Silver Sponsor!

In 1978, Transwestern launched as a Texas-based company in Dallas, Houston and Austin. In that time, it has grown to become one of the leading international real estate companies, specializing in agency leasing, property and facilities management, tenant advisory, capital markets, research and sustainability. By drawing on extensive experience in office, industrial, retail, and healthcare properties, Transwestern is able to bring considerable added value to owners, investors, and occupiers of real estate.

To learn more about the services Transwestern offers, visit them at http://www.transwestern.net/.

Please join us in thanking them for their  support of VentureSpur and the Dallas entrepreneurial community.

Welcome Nheim Cao!

Nhiem2We are excited to welcome Nhiem Cao, President and CEO of cycleWood Solutions as a mentor in our program!  Nhiem has over 10 years of experience in manufacturing, process engineering, and consulting.  He is the President & CEO of  cycleWood Solutions, a sustainable solution to conventional single-use plastic bags.

Nheim brings valuable startup and manufacturing experience to the mentor roster!  Follow him @NhiemCao

Sonny Garcia Joins As VentureSpur Mentor!

Sonny Garcia

We are excited to announce the addition of Sonny Garcia to our Mentor Roster!  Sonny is the Vice President of Strategy & Business Development at Zirtual. He has an impressive background in growing businesses and has lead his previous team at Research Now to become a market leader in the digital data collection space!  Sonny is active in the Dallas community and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Great Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce!

You can learn more about Sonny Garcia on our mentor page!

Silicon Valley Bank Announced as a 2014 Presenting Sponsor!

logo-svb-blockWe are pleased to announce Silicon Valley Bank as a Presenting Sponsor to our 2014 program!

For over 30 years, SVB has been at the epicenter of the entrepreneurial ecosystem, supporting in their earliest days companies that grew to become industry leaders — Cisco, Intuit, Electronic Arts, and countless other game-changers. They partner with startups in technology, cleantech and life science centers around the world.  Silicon Valley Bank proudly offers SVB Accelerator; specialized solutions that combine comprehensive banking services with expertise, connections within the entrepreneurial ecosystem, and guidance to help clients at every stage of growth.

SVB offers a host of comprehensive banking and entrepreneur services, find out more at  http://www.svb.com.

Please join us in thanking them for their continued support of the entrepreneurial community.

Meet our 2014 Accelerator Companies!

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 Recognized as a 2014 Silver Sponsor!

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 McNabb Joins Mentor Roster!

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

Montgomery Coscia Greilich, LLP Announced as 2014 Presenting Sponsor!

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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 Inc. Announced as a 2014 Silver Sponsor!

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.

and

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.