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05.16.13 | mwithers
It's pretty nice to wake up in the morning and find that you've made the front page of the Boston Globe's Business Section. Although it was two weeks ago and this blog is a bit overdue, it's not too late to give one more cheer for the good ink. We came off Launch Week in good form and could not be more proud of our Spring 2013 companies, who killed their presentations at Investor Sneak Peek and Launch Day. The days following have been a whirlwind. This session, we held our investor First Look day in Boston. First Look is an investor-only demo day to showcase the companies exiting Betaspring's 2013 Spring accelerator session. This event offered investors a sneak peek at the companies in advance of our public Launch Day on May 2. Scott Kirsner's coverage for the Globe sprang from his participation in this event. At First Look, companies from the Spring 2013 cohort...
05.13.13 | mwithers
Companies applying for Betaspring's Fall session by May 21 are eligible to attend Betaspring Experience Day (BEX) on June 6, in Providence. In addition to getting a behind-the-scenes look at how Betaspring works, participants in BEX may be eligible for a face-to-face interview during their visit, a part of the selection process usually reserved for finalists. We'll also have two great guest speakers in the house, Chris Walker, CEO of Secret Labs, and Rajiv Kumar, CEO of ShapeUp. Chris will talk about the future of wearable technology and Rajiv will talk about how his company used *real* content market to build one of the most exciting wellness companies in the world. There will also be a panel of Betaspring alum on hand to answer your questions. We'll wrap with a social where you can meet the full Betaspring team and many of the startups in our community. Early...
05.13.13 | mwithers
At Betaspring we don't play favorites when it comes to our incredibly awesome mentor network. But…I am not exaggerating when I tell you that having Kate Walker on the East Coast full time is the best news I've gotten all spring! Kate, Partner & Senior Vice President at McGrath│Power Public Relations, has been supporting Betaspring companies for more than a year now, but this week--with the news that her bi-coastal commute twice a month will be slowing down--I was able to trick Kate into formally becoming a Betaspring mentor! Through her work at McGrath│Power Public Relations, a 30-year old Silicon Valley-based technology communications agency, she has built a national rep for being a top-notch communicator and strategist. Kate has a passion for great stories and has spent her career helping people to find and tell their own compelling stories to audiences ranging...
05.09.13 | mwithers
Millions of people walk all over Martin Keen every day--and he's totally cool with it. As the founder of KEEN footwear, Martin built a killer business out of taking good care of people's feet. Fast forward three years and Martin, having sold KEEN to NIKE, is back on the scene with Focal Upright Furniture, rekindling his inventor roots and his passion for making life just a little better for people. The Focal team made their company debut recently with an incredible line of ergonomic furniture that maps how we work with how our bodies were built. Between his experience building a global brand of world-class footwear and this newest venture...well, it's not hard to see why we are psyched to have Martin as a Betaspring mentor. Melissa and MartinThis is Martin's first official season as a mentor and we hope you'll have a chance to meet him soon. This picture of me demoing...
05.07.13 | mwithers
Betaspring is now accepting applications for our Fall 2013 session, which begins on August 26. If you are ready to do more in 12 weeks than most companies do in a year, apply now. Early applications are due by midnight PST on May 21. Companies that apply by May 21 are eligible to attend Betaspring Experience Day (BEX) on June 6, in Providence. In addition to getting a behind-the-scenes look at how Betaspring works, participants in BEX may be eligible for a face-to-face interview during their visit, a part of the selection process usually reserved for finalists. Final application deadline is June 12 at midnight, PST. There is no fee to apply. Why Accelerate?Twice a year, companies from around the country--and increasingly the world--come to Providence for Betaspring’s intensive 12-week accelerator. Our full-immersion program, which runs in Spring and Fall, enables teams with...
05.01.13 | mwithers
As we near the end of our Spring 2013 session, we salute the sponsors who have made this session one of the best yet. For our Founders, the little things--like craft beer on tap and coffee on demand--make a big difference. SendGridIf you visit Betaspring HQ, you'll see the 5-tap kegerator in the main space (really, you need 5 taps when your co-founder also runs a craft brewery). You'll also see a big red sign above it that declares our love of SendGrid, who generously sponsor it. Founded in 2009, SendGrid has developed a cloud based service that solves the challenge of email delivery by delivering emails on behalf of companies. SendGrid eliminates the complexity of sending email, saving time and money, while providing reliable delivery to the inbox. With over a decade of thought-leadership backed by a stellar record of delivering email, SendGrid is climbing to new heights....
05.01.13 | mwithers
Guests attending our Launch Day this week will enjoy a special treat: free valet parking! Thanks to Kenneth & Bobby Zorabedian of United Parking, the first 200 lucky guests to arrive at Launch Day will get free valet parking. Kenneth says, “United Parking LLC is proud to be a sponsor of the 2013 Betaspring Launch Day. We believe in and are committed to the entrepreneurial spirit and its importance to this country’s economy. We would like to wish all the teams from around the globe good luck and congratulations." How cool is that? Remember, the event starts promptly at 5pm. Arrive a few minutes early to enjoy the free valet and grab a snack before the show starts.
04.08.13 | mwithers
Please join us on May 2 for Spring 2013 Launch Day! Launch Day ain't for lightweights: come watch 4-minute pitches from the 15 companies exiting Betaspring and get a glimpse into the ground they've covered since joining us in February. See company progress, scout the field and revel in the awesomeness that is LAUNCH DAY. Company pitches will be followed by a reception. You know...food, drinks, dancing. Really, the sky is the limit. This is a "seated" event. We try to be as liberal as possible in letting late comers join, but on Launch Day we have a finite number of tickets. Once they go, they are gone. Register now. Just the Facts:What: Spring 2013 Launch DayWhen: May 2, 5pm Where: 95 Chestnut Street, Third Floor If you have questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
04.08.13 | mwithers
On Monday, April 29 at 10am, Betaspring is bringing its "Investor First Look Day" to the Cambridge Innovation Center. First Look is an investor-only demo day to showcase the companies exiting Betaspring's 2013 Spring accelerator session. This event offers investors a sneak peek at the companies in advance of our public Launch Day on May 2. This is the first time Betaspring has hosted it's Investor First Look event in the Boston area. "Many of our investors work within the corridor between Boston and Providence. They've been great about traveling to Providence to meet with companies, but it's a good time to take the show a few miles north and save them the travel time," says Betaspring Managing Partner Owen Johnson. "For investors in Providence or New York who can't make the trip, we've reserved extra tickets at our May 2 Launch Day. With the two options, I'm hopeful we...
03.06.13 | mwithers
Join us on March 21 for Betaspring's Spring 2013 Open House at 5pm and meet the spring 2013 Betaspring companies. What you'll find: Meet the 15 companies participating in our current session and catch up with our alums, Betaspring mentors, and the peeps and companies that drive our entrepreneurial community. There will be snacks, delicious beer and wine on tap, and excitement and inspiration aplenty. Why? These 15 companies have come from across the world to Providence to do in 12 weeks what might take others 12 months. Come welcome them to our community, hear their stories and enjoy a night out with the Betaspring posse. Trust us: No one parties like startups! This event has sold out the last two sessions, so register soon to reserve your spot at this a memorable night!
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