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From the press announcement:
VentureSpur Announces New Board Member
Tulsa Entrepreneur and Experienced Angel Investor, Mike Whitaker, Joins the Board
OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLA. (March 27, 2013) – VentureSpur announced today that experienced entrepreneur and angel investor, Mike Whitaker of Tulsa, had joined the company’s Board for the 2013 program.
Whitaker is a successful entrepreneur, business coach and angel investor with more than 20 years of experience as a business owner and investor.
He owns a growing Oklahoma City manufacturing company, Lucas Color Card, which he started in his garage in 1995. With only $480 in startup cash, Mike went on to develop Lucas into a $12 million enterprise.
He is also the founder of Idea Gateway, an entrepreneurial development company that creates innovative business models for entrepreneurs and investors. Idea Gateway is currently launching a photo technology software company, Memory Pix Technologies, now operating at Seattle’s Space Needle.
“I enjoyed my involvement with VentureSpur in 2012 as a mentor and investor and am very excited about the prospects for the accelerator in 2013,” said Whitaker.
Whitaker will help to guide the 2013 program and in the selection of the 8 to 12 startups expected to win spots in the accelerator and receive a seed investment.
Whitaker is a veteran angel investor and is invested in several early stage ventures. Whitaker also coaches individuals and companies on business ideas, turnarounds, strategic planning and creative business concepts while helping them move quickly toward specific business outcomes.
Whitaker is also an investor and advisor to Invision Capital Group of Chicago, a private equity fund with holdings in many diversified industries within the lower-middle market.
Whitaker attended the University of Kansas where he received his B.S. in Cognitive Psychology. He earned his MBA from the Price College of Business at the University of Oklahoma. He is married and has three children.
Other board members currently include VentureSpur co-founders David Matthews, Gabe Bass and Kraettli L. Epperson.
VentureSpur is a seed fund and venture accelerator with programs in Oklahoma City and Dallas. The accelerator provides startups with seed investment, a 12-week “boot camp,” mentorship from successful entrepreneurs, office space, free services and access to venture capital, in exchange for equity. For more information, visit www.VentureSpur.com.