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Wales Hall, Johnson and Wales University, 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 5
  • Registration & Dinner
  • Welcome and 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
  • Go Home


Oct 6
  • Arrive, breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch - Gourmet Food Trucks
  • Call for needs & skills
  • 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 7
  • Arrive, breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • Presentation dry-runs
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Platinum Sponsors
Gold Sponsors

Don Stanford


As Chief Innovation Officer of GTECH, Donald L. Stanford leads GTECH's innovation program, which provides the processes, tools, and strategies that enable all employees to engage in the proposal and development of new, innovative ideas that are essential to GTECH's growth and prosperity.

Stanford began working for GTECH's founders in 1979 as Manager of Software Development and has more than 30 years of experience in the lottery industry. He has held every technical leadership position, including, Director of Software and Systems, Vice President of Advanced Development, and Chief Technology Officer.

Stanford served on the GTECH Board from 1986 until 1989, and helped GTECH achieve 15 unique patents. Stanford holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations and a Master's degree in Computer Science/Applied Mathematics, both from Brown University. He serves on several boards including Times Squared Academy Charter School, Spectra Systems, and the Business Innovation Factory. He is also a member of the Rhode Island Science and Technology Advisory Council.

Allan Tear


Allan is a founder and managing partner of Betaspring. Allan has founded three venture-funded startups: Elastic Networks, Incanta, and WhyData. He has raised over $15M from angels, venture capital, and strategic partners, including Slater Fund, Intel Capital and AT&T. He is an expert in new product and service launches.

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 helps students and schools with entrepreneurship through the Brown COE program, RISD Mindshare, and the Carnegie Mellon Dean’s Leadership Council. He was selected in 2008 for the Providence Business News “40 Under Forty” list and in 2010 as "10 to Watch" by Providence Monthly. Allan is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, with B.S. degrees in Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Public Policy.

Tom Napolitano


Neil D. Steinberg

The Rhode Island Foundation

Neil came to the Foundation in 2008 from Brown University, his alma mater, where he served for four years as vice president of development and director of the most successful fundraising campaign in Brown’s history. For the three decades prior, Neil worked for FleetBoston Financial, where he rose to the position of chairman and chief executive officer of Fleet Bank Rhode Island. A community leader who has frequently answered the call to service at an array of community organizations, Neil co-chairs Rhode Island’s Race to the Top Steering Committee and serves on the trustees of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, the Brown University Civic Leadership Council, the board of the Providence Foundation and the Rhode Island Commodores. Neil was named in 2010 by Rhode Island Monthly one of Rhode Island’s Most Influential People and named in 2011 as one of the 25 Driving Forces in the Rhode Island business community during the past 25 years and one of the 10 most influential leaders in 2011 in the region’s business community by Providence Business News.

Silver Sponsors

Kipp Bradford

Technology Consultant and Entrepreneur

Kipp Bradford is an educator, technology consultant, and entrepreneur with a passion for creating new products as well as finding new applications for existing technologies. He was the founder or cofounder of start-ups in the fields of transportation, consumer products, HVAC, and medical devices, and holds numerous patents for his inventions. Kipp co-founded Revolution By Design, Inc, a non-profit education and research organization dedicated to empowerment through technology and co-organizes Rhode Island's mini Maker Faire. As the Senior Design Engineer and Lecturer at the Brown University School of Engineering, Kipp teaches several engineering design and entrepreneurship courses. He is the chair of the Rhode Island Entrepreneurship Faculty group and serves on the boards of The Steel Yard and AS220. He is also on the technical advisory board of MAKE Magazine and is a Fellow at the College of Design, Engineering and Commerce at Philadelphia University.

Coryndon Luxmoore

Buildium Interaction Designer

Besides having one of the coolest names we know, Coryndon is an interaction designer who focuses on creating usable and enjoyable business applications. We were pleased and fortunate to lure him away from his successful freelancing career in 2011. Here, he leads the front-end design of our property management software for the Web and mobile.
In the 14 years prior to joining Buildium, Coryndon designed interfaces for corporate clients both independently and as part of larger consulting firms. Among his higher-profile accomplishments: designing the L.L. Bean call center application, the pharmacy website for CVS pharmacy, and a custom content management product for Reuters. As Manager of User Experience for energy services at Sapient Corporation, he designed interfaces for NYISO, Praxair, Staples, Verizon, and others.
Coryndon, who fancies himself as the mayor of Providence, is an avid cyclist and the proud owner of a lovable basset hound named Beauford.

Charlie Kroll

President & CEO of Andera

Charlie Kroll founded Andera to help clients leverage the web for sales and growth. Today, that vision is keenly focused on improving the retail banking experience for consumers and financial institutions.

As CEO, Charlie drives the company's growth through innovation, alliances, and an unyielding commitment to unanimous client satisfaction. He is active in industry affairs, and serves as board chair of the e-Financial Enablers Council (a roundtable of Internet banking and payments executives) and the Brown University Entrepreneurship Program, and on the boards of Venture for America and the Electronic Funds Transfer Association (EFTA).

Charlie was a finalist for the 2009 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and was named 2006 New England Young Entrepreneur of the Year by the US Small Business Administration (SBA). He received an A.B. from Brown University and a General Course Degree from the London School of Economics & Political Science.

M.Cary Collins

Bryant Trustee Professor of Entrepreneurship

Cary Collins is The Trustee Professor of Entrepreneurship & an Associate Professor of Finance at Bryant University. Prior to joining Bryant in 2007, Cary help the The Home Federal Bank / David Sharp Professorship in Banking & Finance at The University of Tennessee. In his tenure at The University of Tennessee, Dr. Collins was the Director of the Financial Institutions Center and held an earlier distinction as a William B. Stokely Distinguished Scholar in Finance. Cary’s industry distinctions include Ayres’ Fellow to The American Bankers Association Stonier Graduate School and visiting scholar to The U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. Cary also founded a financial services software company, which he successfully sold in 2003 with an additional sale of the consulting services side of the business in 2004. Cary actual began his business career as a banker and trust investments officer and holds degrees from Concord University, Virginia Tech, and The University of Georgia.

Eric Parrish

Sr Product Marketing Manager, GTECH

Jason Barrs

Product/Solutions Manager, GTECH

Worked 8 years in insurance industry in various increasing roles of responsibility from investigations to technology development

Worked last 6 years in technology industry in various increasing roles of responsibility with focus on product development and competitive intelligence analysis

Currently working on new innovative product development opportunities with a focus on innovation

Chris Jackson

UX Manager at

Hello. I am a user experience manager at I've worked in software development for 14 years as a UX designer, information architect, UI designer, business analyst, and technical writer.

I am halfway through a 12-month project to remake, a project which involves scrum, co-location, responsive design, mobile devices, CMS, SEO, analytics tools, user-generated content, social integration, A/B testing, and many other large and small pieces.

You can learn more about me from my not-updated-recently website, My Delicious bookmarks are at My Flipboard subscriptions include Technology, Design, BoingBoing, Architecture, Wired, Harvard Business Review, Future Lab, Forbes, Fast Company, Smashing Magazine, Seth Godin's Blog, and McKinsey Quarterly. My favorite podcast is 99% Invisible.

Sandra Potter

Marketing Department at Bryant University

Sandra Potter, Ph.D. is a member of the Marketing Department at Bryant University, teaching New Product and Services Development, Entrepreneurial Marketing and Creating New Ventures. Sandra is also the start-up coach at Bryant, mentoring Entrepreneurs on Campus (EOC). Bryant has twenty-plus student teams, graduate and undergraduate, looking to launch businesses prior to graduation. Her industry and entrepreneurial experience includes having founded and managed her own consulting and research firm, Micro Tech Research Inc., for over twelve years. Her firm provided customized strategic information and analysis of vendors, products and markets in the computer sectors of the high technology industry. Clients included DEC, HP, IBM, Apple, SGI and others. At Aberdeen Group, as Research Director for Linux Services, she assisted both established and startup firms with market positioning issues. Additional industry experience includes various managerial positions for Honeywell Information Systems and analyst positions at International Data Corp (IDC) and Dun & Bradstreet. She has also been a full-time member of the Marketing Departments at Bentley, Providence College and Eastern Connecticut State.

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