Startups from China, Argentina, & Mexico Come to Dallas’s VentureSpur

8/6/14Follow @angelashah

Dallas accelerator VentureSpur announced Wednesday that it has selected seven startups as part of its second class beginning Aug. 18.

The startups, which feature mobile and e-commerce companies, hail from home in Texas to China, Mexico, and Argentina. The accelerator started three years ago in Oklahoma City and last year ran a program there as well as one in Dallas. In April, the programs split in two to form LaunchOklahoma and Dallas-based VentureSpur.

VentureSpur provides each startup up to $30,000 in seed money in exchange for 10 percent in equity. The Dallas Entrepreneur Center, founded and run by Xconomist Trey Bowles, will host this year’s program.

Here are the startups:

5 Million Shoppers: A “mobile online-to-offline” service to arrange shopping tours for Chinese tourists, connecting them to U.S. retailers.

5 Screens Media: Connects businesses with customers through sponsored data.

Brandfitters: A mobile app that connects consumers with brands, when and how a customer prefers.

Hostspot: A service that says it’s akin to Google Analytics for the offline business world, providing real-world businesses insights to achieve better customer engagement.

JoinMe@: A mobile app with a proprietary “digital word-of-mouth” system that helps merchants market themselves.

JoopLoop: Software that seeks to monetize a person’s social network via a “Social Networth Index,” allowing retailers to target those customers with mobile campaigns.

Pactanda: Software that helps companies manage customer claims and complaints in order to turn them into opportunities to build brand loyalty.

Angela Shah is the editor of Xconomy Texas. She can be reached at ashah@xconomy.com or (214) 793-5763. Follow @angelashah

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