PROVIDENCE – Fifteen startups from around the United States and the world will participate in the sixth session at Betaspring, the startup accelerator announced Thursday.
The 15 startups moved into Betaspring headquarters on Chestnut Street on Feb. 11 and “hit the ground running” to launch the 12-week, spring session, said a Betaspring release.
The most recent companies were selected from a pool of global applicants representing more than 20 different countries. “Every session is different but, this spring, Massachusetts takes the ‘Where’d they come from?’ lead with six of the 15 companies hailing from the Bay State,” said a Betaspring release from Chief of Staff and Nerd Whisperer Melissa Withers. The rest of the companies come from New York, Rhode Island, Colorado, Washington, D.C., England and India.
The three India-based startups that have headed to Providence for this season’s session are the first from their country to join Betaspring. “Our only regret is that the lads arrived smack in the middle of Blizzard Nemo, greeted with snow, wind and hotels without electricity!” said the release, adding: “With a little help, they got through it and are now thriving in New England’s startup scene.”
After the teams arrived in mid-February, they jumped right into the Betaspring experience with five days of back-to-back meetings the accelerator calls “Mentor Speed Dating.” Over the five days, the CEOs of each startup met individually with more than 50 mentors, investors and potential customers to “test and refine their company narratives and get rapid exposure to some of the most important nodes on the Betaspring network.”
The Betaspring Spring 2013 companies and their stated business models:
Bare Tree Media – A system that drives engagement between popular brands and their fans through the creation and digital distribution of online and mobile interactive entertainment.
Bolt - The fastest and easiest way for landlords and tenants to collect and pay rent online.
Eventcheq - An engagement platform for live events that makes it easier and more rewarding for fans to live, share and re-live their experiences while helping event organizers connect with their most loyal customers and attract new ones.
Infikno - A content delivery platform for fans and enthusiasts that delivers the content you crave about the things you love.
LocusPlay - A gaming platform for small and mid-size lottery operators to automate their business operations with the use of mobile and cloud-powered technology.
RaftOut - A system to make it easier for groups of friends to get organized by pulling conversations from email, text and social media into the same web app where a ticket purchase happens.
Recroup - A program that replaces a traditional resume with a quick-to-create visual profile where job seekers can effectively promote the full spectrum of their capabilities.
SkillHound - “Sourcing for technical teams made easy.” The team uses big data methods to analyze sites like Github, StackOverflow and Twitter to reveal the best engineers on the Web.
SplashScore - A social influence marketing platform that identifies influential consumers on Facebook and connects them with national brands through sponsored reward campaigns.
Spogo - A mobile app that enables fans to win real-world rewards for making correct predictions while they watch their favorite teams.
ShutterCal - A photo journaling community providing an inspirational place to organize, share and print your memories and experiences.
STEM2O - A pioneering learning and assessment environment that helps teachers and students build, use and share interactive and experiential science and math learning tools, both inside and outside the classroom.
SurpriseRide - Delivers a monthly box of fun and educational activities for children that fosters creativity and expands their horizons.
ZoomTilt - A social video marketplace connecting brands with award-winning filmmakers, measurement tools and unique distribution solutions to launch branded video.
YAEMO - The operator of DesignerMaterial.com, a curated digital marketplace where companies and creatives easily discover, specify and purchase remarkable materials, bringing their designs to life.
Betaspring will officially present the companies at the spring session’s Open House, scheduled for the session’s March 21 mid-point at Betaspring headquarters.
“Come meet the companies, hear their pitches and spend quality time with Betaspring mentors, alumni, and movers and shakers from the startup scene,” said the release, reminding interesting parties that the Open House even has sold out three sessions in a row, so anyone interested should claim their ticket early.