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Entrepreneurs show off ideas, business plans at Oklahoma City event

Fledgling companies seeking to connect with investors pitched their ideas Wednesday during the VentureSpur business accelerator event in Oklahoma City.
by Brianna Bailey Modified: October 23, 2013 at 10:18 pm •  Published: October 24, 2013

From a Dallas-based company with a goal to make ordering sports uniforms and equipment easier online, to an Oklahoma City-based social networking website geared toward families, startup companies aspiring to become the next Twitter or Facebook pitched their ideas in front of potential investors on Wednesday at the Will Rogers Theater in Oklahoma City.

Wearing T-shirts bearing company logos, and mingling over soft drinks and cheese and crackers, the entrepreneurs hoped to lure capital to grow their fledgling businesses.

The event was the culmination of a 12-week business accelerator program run by VentureSpur. Seven companies that participated in the program in Dallas and Oklahoma City participated in the event, laying out their business plans and mingling with possible investors.

Ashok Kamal and Nicholas Seet, co-founders of SIVI, an online educational platform for aspiring entrepreneurs, pitched their plan on Wednesday after living in an RV in Oklahoma City for three months while participating in the VentureSpur accelerator program.

Although Kamal came to Oklahoma from New York City and Seet has spent time in Silicon Valley, the business partners want to base their fledgling company in Oklahoma City after spending time at VentureSpur.

“We see the potential to really grow the entrepreneur community in Oklahoma City — it's exciting to be a part of that,” Kamal said.

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by Brianna Bailey
Business Writer
Brianna Bailey has lived in Idaho, Germany and Southern California, but Oklahoma is her adopted home. She has a bachelor's degree in Journalism from the Univerisity of Oklahoma and has worked at several newspapers in Oklahoma and Southern...
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