01.13.14 | mwithers
Betaspring will be in NYC on January 16-17 holding open office hours, meeting with alums and talking with startups that have or will apply to our Spring 2014 accelerator session.  We are holding a few open office sessions at Blue Print Health, who have graciously given us a place to land while we are in the City. We still have some slots available, so email us at info at betaspring.com if you’d like to meetup. Representing for Betaspring will be Managing Partner Allan Tear (@allantear)  and Chief of Staff Melissa Withers (@mizwithers).   More About Betaspring Twice a year, companies from around the country--and increasingly the world--come to Providence for Betaspring’s intensive 13-week accelerator. Since 2009, we’ve accelerated 83 companies and our portfolio has raised $32M in follow-on funding.  Throughout our full-immersion program, which runs in Spring and Fall...
01.03.14 | mwithers
2013 kicked off with a bang. Well, actually a snowy thud as Blizzard Nemo rolled in the day before our spring session started. The irony of a late winter superstorm was not lost on the founders who arrived in Providence the day before the storm...from India, where temps were in the high 80s when they boarded their planes. But despite the snow, things heated up in 2013. Here’s a few highlights from the portfolio: 121NEXUS (Spring ‘12) was granted a patent for biomedical track and trace and received an NSF SBIR Phase 1 Grant for tracking and tracing pharmaceuticals. AUTOBIKE (Fall ‘12) was named one of the “coolest businesses” in Detroit by Business Insider and is shipping bikes to customers across the country. ACUSTOM APPAREL (Summer ‘11) was selected by NYC Mayor Bloomberg to participate in Project Pop-Up NYC and opened its first retail store in Soho. HEALTHID PROFILE (Fall ‘12) is...
01.03.14 | mwithers
Betaspring will be in Boston/Cambridge on Thursday, January 9 holding open office hours, meeting with alums and talking with startups that have or will apply to our Spring 2014 accelerator session.  We will also hold open office at the CIC Venture Cafe 4pm-7pm. We still have some slots available, so email us at info at betaspring.com if you’d like to meetup. Boston is more than our neighbor city--separated by a mere 50 miles and connected by rail--the Boston and Providence startup scene share more than you might know, including mentors, investors and founders.  Dozens of Betaspring’s portfolio companies have Boston roots or now are based in the Bay State.  Representing for Betaspring will be Managing Partner Allan Tear (@allantear)  and Chief of Staff Melissa Withers (@mizwithers).  So Beantown, we’ll see you on 1/09! More About Betaspring Twice a year,...
12.10.13 | scaress
We've Come a Long Way, Baby We are thrilled to share with you the first incarnation of the Providence Startup Map, produced by the Founders League earlier this fall*. The map shows the great progress Providence has made building density in our startup community. Providence Startup Map Just a few years ago, the landscape looked much different, with far fewer companies and entrepreneurs calling Rhode Island home. Several entrepreneurship support programs have also emerged, showing a growing optimism that our progress is sustainable and that we are just at the beginning of our startup revolution. No one person or organization is responsible for the growth reflected on this map. The startup community is building momentum because many among us are rowing in the same direction and contributing in important ways. Why Startups Matter Since 1977, virtually all net job gain in the U.S. has come...
12.03.13 | scaress
This Friday, Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit and defender of freedom on the internet, will be coming to town as part of the tour promoting his new book, Without Their Permission. The book is aptly named: Ohanian is an ardent believer in the power of an open internet to power activism, the arts, entrepreneurship, and more. But beyond the internet, the title speaks to the can-do attitude that has come to epitomize Ohanian’s approach to life and business. Reddit was started with little more than an idea and a couple of laptops; now it serves more than 50 million a month. And who did Alexis ask for permission when he and co-founder Steve Huffman built the site? No one, of course.   Before he heads over to Brown, Alexis will be stopping in at Betaspring from 4-5:30. In the spirit of the openness Alexis is so well known for, we're sourcing our questions to you, the attendees! Alexis...
11.16.13 | Owen
We're hosting Hack That this weekend, so I decided to unbox and assemble my Autobike. The entire process took about an half and a hour, time lapsed, the video is about two minutes. Can't wait to take it for a long ride!
11.14.13 | mwithers
It's insane to think that 12 weeks have passed since the companies participating in our Fall 2013 accelerator arrived in Providence. But passed they have. After a demo debut in Boston yesterday, the teams will present to a sold out crowd in PVD tonight.  The companies presenting have just completed 12 grueling weeks of work, building their companies, refining their products and preparing to take their ventures to the next level of greatness.  Each company participating will make a high-energy, four-minute pitch. Company pitches will be followed by a reception. You know...food, drinks, dancing.   It's always a bittersweet moment to reach this important milestone. Of course we stay close to our alumni for a long while after they leave our physical space...but it's not the same as having them here with us every day. Follow the hashtag #Fall13Launch for the play by play of...
11.09.13 | scaress
Sproutel alumni Aaron Horowitz was recently featured in a Q&A blog from SparkFun Electronics. Aaron joined them at their HQ for a Lunch and Learn, where he got to chat about all the new and exciting features of Jerry the Bear. Read more about Jerry, Sproutel, and how Aaron got hooked on electronics here! 
11.06.13 | scaress
Betaspring is hosting another hackathon, but Hack That is a little different... Hack That is a hardware hackathon. For starters, a hackathon is a 24-hour building spree where programmers, makers, designers and artists come together to create something awesome. Come as an individual, or with a team, and be sure to bring the materials you will need to build your idea. You will have some basic tools and soldering irons available to use. Food will be provided and there are some stellar prizes from our sponsors. So prepare yourself for a no-holds-barred, good ol' fashioned hardware hackathon at Betaspring on November 16-17! Register here now!
11.05.13 | mwithers
Sproutel co-founder and Betaspring alum Hannah Chung recently took top prize in the pitch competition at Fortune Magazine’s The Most Powerful Women summit! Chung beat out three other startups as she presented in front of a panel that included Warren Buffet and AT&T global marketing officer Cathy Coughlin. Buffet, who casually referred to himself as “the papa bear” to Hannah’s “mama bear,” called Chung’s pitch “extremely good” before the two had time to meet up for a photo op. Sproutel’s approach to treating illness through play appeared to really strike a chord with the judges, some of whom could see applications to their own children’s health situations. Though Sproutel’s only product, Jerry the Bear, currently targets children with diabetes, they have plans to expand into autism and asthma as they validate and improve their approach to children’s healthcare education. After...