Rhode Island program offers business boot camp for entrepreneurs

A Rhode Island program is giving fledgling entrepreneurs three months of intensive boot camp training in how to run a business. Betaspring, which provides mentoring, office space and a face-to-face meeting with investors, had nine startup teams this summer, including a maker of a medical device to help ease the sting of shots and a subscription service for men's underwear. "When you start to get enough people doing the same thing in the same place and being excited about it ... you start to get unusual connections," said Betaspring founder Allan Tear.

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