For Immediate Release: March 1, 2013
Providence College Student Selected to Participate in Entrepreneurial Program
Providence, R.I. – Rosy Khalife ’13, a marketing major at Providence College and a resident of New Bedford, Mass., has been selected to participate in Betaspring, a mentorship-driven startup accelerator program for technology and design entrepreneurs who are ready to build a product and launch a company. She is the first PC student to be accepted into the program.
Khalife’s company, SurpriseRide, was chosen from a talented pool of global applicants representing more than twenty countries. On February 11, 2013, fifteen U.S. and international startups - including three from India - moved into Providence’s Betaspring headquarters and hit the ground running as they launched into their spring session.
SupriseRide delivers a monthly box of fun and educational activities for kids that fosters creativity and expands their horizons. Through careful curation, the service helps busy parents streamline and source healthy activities for their kids. (http://www.surpriseride.com)
Twice a year, startups from around the country come for Betaspring's intensive 12-week accelerator program. Their full-immersion program, which runs in both spring and fall, enables teams with a strong start on a high-growth venture to rapidly transform into fundable, scalable companies. Betaspring has accelerated 57 companies in five sessions and their alumni have raised $20M in follow-on funding.
Throughout the program, they work with the startups to refine their products/services, accelerate user/customer acquisition, and test their delivery and business models. Through interactions with Betaspring Mentors and select audiences, each startup polishes their company pitch and demo to present to investors and potential partners throughout the session, concluding with a series of launch events.