04.24.14 | mwithers
Since 2013, Betaspring has expanded it's sessions to include a few cool entrepreneurs who shadow the accelerator and add value in unique ways. From first-time entrepreneurs building their initial product to seasoned veterans who like to pay it forward, the Fellows program is an easy way to bring exciting people into the fold while we are in session. For our Spring 2014 session we have two special people with us. It's a pleasure to introduce them: Meet Betaspring Fellow Paul Rolfe. A rising star entrepreneur from Providence, Paul is a Betaspring Fellow and the creator of CapitolBuddy, which helps advocates and lobbyists work smarter at their state capitols by putting legislators in the palm of their hands. Paul has been a great addition to the cohort, offering his help as a self-taught developer and bringing awesome energy to our pitch practices and meetups with mentors. Phillip...
04.10.14 | mwithers
  Join us on April 24 for Betaspring's Spring 2014 Open House at 5:30pm. Meet the Spring 2014 Betaspring companies and catch up with our alums, mentors, and the people & companies driving our entrepreneurial community. There will be snacks, delicious beer and wine, excitement and inspiration aplenty.  These newest arrivals to Betaspring have come 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 startup community.  Open House is free, but we are limited to 300 people and usually end up with a wait list, so register to reserve your spot!  
03.12.14 | mwithers
Researchers from the MIT Sloan School of Management and the University of Richmond  took to the stage yesterday at SXSW to share results of a months-long review of U.S. startup accelerators. The researchers--MIT's Yael Hochberg and University of Richmond's Susan Cohen--combined publicly available information from Crunchbase with information on portfolio performance to evaluate dozens of program across the country. Evaluating factors such as maturity, portfolio performance and follow-on funding, Hochberg and Cohen winnowed down the field to create a list of the U.S.'s top 15 accelerators.  Betaspring was in good company, coming in at #11 on a list that included a mix of superstars in major metros, as well as solid performers from smaller cities.  The research was reported in TechCrunch late yesterday…and I wish it was cool to plagiarize, because TC's Jonathan Shieber...
03.12.14 | mwithers
If my life were a Disney movie, today would be “Lion King” day. I’d go to the highest rocky outcropping I could find and hold up to the world each of the founders who will join us this weekend for the start of our Spring 2014 session.  Eardrums would shatter as I belted out a heartfelt and off pitch rendition of Circle of Life...and in true cinematic style, these founders would be coronated as King. King of their startup destiny.   If you haven’t seen the movie, let me summarize: Simba, a lion cub prince, must grow into his destiny after his father dies in a wildebeast stampede, all thanks to a creepy uncle who plots to steal the throne.  Along the way, some hyenas, a meerkat and a warthog get involved. Turbulence and redemption ensue. At the end of the day (and the movie), the young prince comes to terms with his weaknesses and strengths, organizes his motley team into a...
03.12.14 | mwithers
Betapring alum WayGo had a good week in Austin, taking home the wining prize in SXSW's startup competition's top prize in the ‘Entertainment and Content Technologies’ category. WayGo offers a crazy-good mobile translating app that scans over Chinese and Japanese text and translates them on-screen. The company is run by Ryan Rogowski, Kevin Clark, and Huan-Yu Wu.  More than 500 web-based companies from across the globe participated in SXSW 2014′s Accelerator startup competition. Among them, 64 were selected as finalists in 12 categories. And yes, WayGo came out on top. No translation needed for this one: Nicely done, team WayGo! Seems like the team is on a winning streak. They participated in 500 Startups and last summer won the "Most Promising Start-up" prize at the Echelon Singapore conference. All of this news aside, I knew the team had made it big when, paging through my backlog...
03.12.14 | mwithers
It was cold in February, but alums Splitwise were on fire, with their newest app, Plates, ranked as  #1 Best New App in the Utilities section of the Apple App Store.  The team released version 1 of Plates in July 2013 to critical and popular success; both BusinessInsider and MSN Moneycovered the tool, and user reviews in the App Store have been overwhelmingly positive (average rating 4.5). This latest recognition from Apple is quite an accomplishment, affirming that Splitwise has indeed made a world class app to help friends avoid awkward conversations about money after enjoying a meal together.  Splitwise was quick to share credit with Liz Neu, who as an intern built Plates with only limited assistance from the larger Splitwise team.  Nicely done, team Splitwise!    
01.21.14 | mwithers
When Maker Media opened their new East Coast headquarters at 95 Chestnut Street, there were many reasons to celebrate. For me, the opportunity to talk Anna Kaziunas France into becoming an official mentor at Betaspring was chief among them.   Not  just because she's an accomplished writer, editor, fabricator and 3-D printing boss.  Not just because she's a great role model for a new generation of women entrepreneurs. And not just because of her super cool post as the Digital Fabrication Editor of Maker Media and Dean of Students for the global Fab Academy digital fabrication program. She's also just awesome and we LOVE having her on premise with us! As the Digital Fabrication Editor of Maker Media, Anna is responsible for organizing and conducting the consumer hardware testing for desktop digital fabrication equipment, including: 3D printers, 3D scanners, CNC...
01.14.14 | mwithers
Betaspring is now accepting applications for our Spring 2014 session, which begins on March 17. If you are ready to do in 13 weeks what most companies do in a year, apply now.  Final application deadline is January 21, 2014. We review applications on a rolling basis and will extend an offer to a great fit company before the final application deadline.  Why Accelerate?Twice a year, companies from around the country--and increasingly the world--come to Providence for Betaspring’s intensive 13-week accelerator. Our full-immersion program, which runs in Spring and Fall, enables teams with a strong start on a high-growth venture to rapidly transform into fundable, scalable companies.   Fall 2013 CohortThroughout the program, startups develop and refine their product, work intensely with their target customer groups, and test their delivery and business models. Through...
01.13.14 | mwithers
Betaspring has accelerated more hardware/physical technology companies than any other accelerator in America. In 2013, we built on this momentum, expanded our program and added some great new resources, including a Maker-in-Residence and Maker Fellow Program, a small maker shop on site in collaboration with Inventables, and Maker Media opened up an East Coast office at Betaspring HQ. We also added some impressive new hardware and physical product companies to our portfolio. Accelerating physical technology companies is a great fit for Betaspring, with Providence (and New England in general) providing us with a strong community of makers, DIY technologists, and "maker" orgs. Having Maker Media on site--a presence led by Brian Jepson, Anna Kaziunas France and Frank Teng--is also a huge bonus.  Our mentor network is also amazing and we were thrilled to welcome Martin Keen, founder of...
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...