Entrepreneurial America

Here are Seven Cities That Have Caught Start-Up Fever

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

7. Providence
In 2005, Jack Templin, a thirtysomething survivor of the 2000 Internet bubble burst, moved from Manhattan to Providence. Tech companies had begun to emerge in the town—with a little help from Rhode Island School of Design's graphic-design program and Brown's computer-science department—but the movement lacked organization. Templin cofounded Providence Geeks, which holds monthly dinners featuring a presentation from a local start-up. He also helped the state create RI Nexus, which connects Providence's entrepreneurial community. Templin and a few friends went on to launch Betaspring, a 90-day boot camp that puts young companies on a path to receiving venture funding. Some of the projects coming out of Betaspring include Manpacks, a subscription service for men's underwear, socks, and other essentials.

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