VentureSpur, an Oklahoma City-based seed fund, has named 10 finalists for its accelerator program that will provide capital, office space and mentors for the winning firms.
The finalists, which include eight Oklahoma companies, each will make personal pitches to VentureSpur investors for a chance to win one of three program openings.
“Each of these finalists has a great story to tell, and some of them are simply amazing,” said Kraettli L. Epperson, VentureSpur co-founder and managing director. “There is a one-man startup that already has hundreds of thousands of users, founded by a self-taught programmer and OU college student who sold his first company while in high school.”
Another finalist, Epperson said, is returning to his hometown of Oklahoma City after finding success in Silicon Valley.
“These finalists have the potential to be great Oklahoma success stories,” he said.
The three winners for the inaugural accelerator class will be announced July 6. The 2012 program runs from Aug. 6 through Nov. 7.
The finalists include startups aimed at offering products in energy technology, online consumer and business services, mobile gaming, biotechnology and mobile location-based applications.
The finalists include CleanNG and MesoBio, both of Stillwater; Fresh Surfaces, GoldFire Studios, Kelson Research Group, and PigeonMe, all of Oklahoma City; idefi Music and MaxQ, both Tulsa; Dealgy, of Fort Worth, Texas; and Kwotas, of Dallas.