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VentureSpur hosted a group of aspiring entrepreneurs from the University of Oklahoma’s Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth (CCEW) tonight for an after-party for completion of first semester business plan presentations.

We’re very pleased to be supporting the entrepreneurship student community in Oklahoma, and several attendees were also co-founders of companies during the recent Startup Weekend event at OU.

Do you have a group of aspiring entrepreneurs that we should meet? Please get in touch!



We are delighted to announce that VentureSpur will be making the keynote address for the kick off event of Startup Weekend at the University of Oklahoma this weekend!

Our Managing Director, Kraettli L. Epperson, will be be making a short presentation on Friday evening at 7:30 during which we’ll run down the latest exciting news out of venture accelerators throughout the US and discuss the launch of our very own accelerator here in Oklahoma, VentureSpur.

Finally, we’ll talk about how the most promising startups coming out of this exciting weekend of creativity and invention at the University of Oklahoma would go about becoming accelerator boot camp candidates.

Register, join a team and get started innovating!

From the OU Startup Weekend website:

“Startup Weekend is an intense 54 hour event that provides networking, resources, and incentives for individuals and teams to take an idea to launch! This is a great opportunity for students, developers, entrepreneurs, and business professionals to experience the entrepreneurial process from idea conception to launch in a fun, interactive, and results-driven way.”

For more information, please see the OU Startup Weekend website:

Registration is still open!  Go here:

VentureSpur is very pleased to announce that we will be an In-Kind Sponsor of TEDxOU!

This inaugural TED event at the University of Oklahoma will occur on January 27 on the Norman campus.


VentureSpur shares the TED organization’s thirst for new ideas, world-changing outlooks, and great stories! We are very excited to have been invited to participate and look forward to meeting leading thinkers and innovators from throughout Oklahoma at the event.

More information about the event can be found here:

More information about TED can be found here: http://www.TEDcom/

More info about TEDxOU from the event materials:

At the event, which is an independently organized, official TED event, 15 “ground-breaking thinkers and leaders in their fields will discuss such topics as how to find personal meaning in the business world and how to scale social change in the developing world,” said Jeff Moore, one of the organizers of the event. Moore is the executive director for the Creation for the Creation of Economic Wealth.

“‘TED’ stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design – three broad subject areas that are, collectively, shaping our future,” said Moore, explaining that TED was formed in 1984 as “a nonprofit devoted to ideas worth spreading,” originally as a conference that brought together people from the areas of technology, entertainment and design. Since then, its scope has broadened to “showcase ideas that matter in any discipline.”

“In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program, independent from TED, of local, self organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience,” Moore added, noting that OU is only the second Big 12 school to be granted the prestigious license to host a TEDx event.

Carrying the theme “Astound,” TEDxOU will include presentations by:

• Ken Parker, co-founder of RiskMetrics group and CEO of NextThought

• OU Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art Director Ghislain d’Humieres

• Discovery Channel storm-chaser and creator Reed Timmer

• Kyle Harper, director of the newly established OU Institute for the American Constitutional Heritage and an assistant professor of classics and letters specializing in Roman history.

More speakers will be announced periodically up until the event on

Moore said it is hoped that TEDxOU will become an annual event at which some of the world’s leading thinkers and doers share information on topics about which they are most passionate.

The event will be held in Meacham Auditorium of Oklahoma Memorial Union.

Great time at the Div on Saturday!

VentureSpur was the luncheon sponsor at the Div for the Pre-Entrepreneurship Bootcamp.  There were lots of great questions from the attendees.  It was great to see people who specifically came to meet VentureSpur.  Also a big shout out from those who attended the streaming live cast online!

VentureSpur is very pleased to announce that we will be the lead sponsor of this weekend’s Pre-Entrepreneurship Bootcamp at the <DIV> in Edmond, Oklahoma!

Read the announcement here on the <DIV> blog.

The <DIV> is a non-profit community space dedicated to promoting web technology innovation, creativity and community in Oklahoma. The organization and facility is also a launching pad for projects and startups in the web tech industry in Oklahoma and provides frequent seminars and training opportunities for web developers.

The Bootcamp will occur on Saturday, December 17th. For more information, to sign up for the seminar or read the agenda, visit the <DIV> blog posting.

VentureSpur will be making a presentation during the bootcamp, so be sure to stop by and say hello if your startup plans to apply to VentureSpur!