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Betaspring, 95 Chestnut Street, Providence, RI



Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

Come join us for a 54-hour event that mixes students students and professionals, introducing all to the professional and personal challenges of a startup environment.

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 400 past events in 100 countries around the world in 2011.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

We're excited to be hosting Startup Weekend Providence 2013 at Betaspring, Providence's startup accelerator. Come join us at the center of local startup action!

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Oct 18
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Oct 19
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Oct 20
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Platinum Sponsors
Gold Sponsors

Allan Tear

Betaspring Co-Founder   |  

Allan is co-founder and managing partner of Betaspring, a startup accelerator based in Providence, Rhode Island. Through Betaspring, Allan has worked with more than 80 high-growth startups and managed a portfolio of companies that has raised more than $27M+ in follow-on funding. As a technology entrepreneur, Allan has founded three venture-funded startups. He has served as an advisor and in board leadership roles for more than a dozen startups across the U.S. Allan is an active angel investor in early stage technology companies and advises national, state, and local government on nurturing high-growth startup ecosystems.

He is a lead partner in the Founders League, one of New England's premier co-working community and entrepreneurial support platforms. In 2012, he was named an inaugural Rhode Island Innovation Fellow by the Rhode Island Foundation. For his Fellowship, Allan launched RallyRI, a project to launch a startup revolution in economic sectors where Rhode Island has untapped potential.

Mike Rowan

VP R&D, SendGrid   |  

Mike operates the SendGrid R&D lab which simply put has a mission to help make developers lives more awesome. Prior, Mike co-founded RatePoint with other former GeoTrust co-founders to provide small businesses a platform to assess and gain customer insight about their business. Prior to RatePoint, Mike along with other key members grew GeoTrust to be one of the world's largest digital certificate providers which lead to its acquisition by VeriSign in September 2006. In 2009 Mike was named a 40 under 40 honoree for emerging business leaders in the Greater Boston area by the Boston Business Journal.

Mark Truman

Solutions Architect at GTECH Corp

Software architecture, system architecture, software design, process, implementation. Gaming and lottery industry domain expertise.

Silver Sponsors

Jeff Ledoux

CSO & Co-Founder at Bitefire & Mobile Channel Consultant at JWU   |  

Jeff is a Startup Weekend veteran having attended the very first Startup Weekend ever held in Boulder, Colorado (and quite a few other early ones from SF to Boston). It was there that his love affair with startups began and he's been working with them ever since. After moving back to Rhode Island, Jeff became involved with the Johnson & Wales University Entrepreneur Center as a mentor and is currently working for the university directing mobile strategy. He also runs a food service based startup called Bitefire. Jeff brings knowledge in the mobile and related technologies, UX/UI, strategic planning, social media & marketing to Startup Weekend: Providence as a mentor.

Gyuri Grell

Principal Software Engineer, Mobile, at Constant Contact   |  

College educated and self-taught Senior Software Architect with over 18 years of experience using Microsoft technologies, developing WinForms and ASP.NET applications during the past eight years using C#. Experience developing applications for mobile platforms, including Android in Java and Windows Phone 7 using C# and Silverlight, with two apps in various markets and more on the way. Highly skilled in designing and developing visual and usable User Interfaces, including both desktop and mobile experience.

David Dadekian

Eat Drink RI   |  

David Dadekian is a: writer/editor of Eat Drink RI, private chef and cooking instructor, executive director of the Eat Drink RI Festival, photographer of food, weddings, portraits, commercial work and fine art, work-at-home father

Andy Cutler

Founder, Cutler & Company   |  

Andy Cutler has over 20 years of experience in the area of strategic communications planning/public relations/branding. In 2003, he founded Cutler & Company based in Providence, RI.

Since 2003, he has provided communications counsel to such organizations and institutions as Advanced Image Enhancement, Andera, Afferent Corporation, Betaspring, Bioprocess Technologies, Business Innovation Factory, City of Providence, Concordia Fibers, Ecolect, EpiVax, Global Alliance to Immunize against AIDS (GAIA), JTJ Investments, Providence After School Alliance (PASA), Rhode Island Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (RICIE), Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation (RIEDC), Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Rhode Island’s Science and Technology Advisory Council (STAC), Slater Technology Fund, and Truthbox Architects.

Andy specializes in counseling public and private institutions, colleges and universities and start-up entrepreneurial ventures on issues related to corporate image enhancement, media relations, crisis communications, grassroots organizing, student engagement. and community relations programming aimed at improving key stakeholder relationships.

Dan Gertrudes

Dan has over 15 years in international and multi-industry environments in roles ranging from sales and marketing to corporate development and finance. He joined Textron in 2004, where he worked in various corporate finance roles in treasury and investor relations. Dan moved to Textron Financial Corp., Textron’s $11B finance company, in 2006, where he is was responsible for providing product and strategic assessments of new market opportunities while collaborating with the many business unit management teams.

Most recently, Dan was part of the team managing the liquidation of Textron Financial Corp since 2009. Prior to Textron, he spent 4 years in business development roles for both domestic and international markets in various diversified industries.

Dan is a profit and results driven professional with strong strategic and financial acumen with an acute appreciation for the customer. He is currently consulting on various projects primarily in financial services and is on the Providence school department’s Parent Advisory Council leadership.

Samir Batla

Samir Batla (who goes by "Batla") is a technology veteran of over twenty years. He currently leads Analytics and Technology Strategy at InQuest Technologies in Providence, RI. He envisioned and designed a semantics-based recommender service in the program management domain - turning static project schedules and process automation apps into context-aware solutions.

Prior to InQuest, Batla spent time as:
Principal Product Manager for EMC Documentum's Content Intelligence Services (NLP-based content analytics and taxonomy-based categorization), Federated Search Services, Business Activity Monitoring and Document Imaging Services.

Kyle McQueeney

Kyle is an electronics engineer specializing in industrial automation. More specifically PLC programming, HMI, OIT, and vision systems. Loves the industrial manufacturing environment and always striving to drive efficiency.
Aspiring entrepreneur with experience in product development in both a consumer goods and business to business environment. Anchored by strong organizational and project managerial skills, no task is too large or small to attack and learn.

Daniel Xavier

Head of Social Media, GTECH   |  

Daniel Xavier is the Head of Social Media for GTECH, leading initiatives in social data intelligence and interactive product development in the lottery and gaming industry. He graduated from Bryant University with a degree in Finance and the inspiration of Entrepreneurship. His core competencies revolve around Mobile and Web UI/UX, Information Architecture, and Product Management. Daniel stays active in the community guest lecturing at various Universities in RI and MA, as well as acting as subcommittee member for the Special Olympics of Rhode Island.

Media Sponsors
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Jeffrey Tagen
Stephanie Schechter


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