• Allan Tear |

    Allan is co-founder and managing partner of Betaspring, a startup accelerator based in Providence, Rhode Island. Through Betaspring, Allan has worked with more than 80 high-growth startups and managed a portfolio of companies that has raised more than $27M+ in follow-on funding.  As a technology entrepreneur, Allan has founded three venture-funded startups.  He has served as an advisor and in board leadership roles for more than a dozen startups across the U.S.  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 is a lead partner in the Founders League, one of New England's premier co-working community and entrepreneurial support platforms. In 2012, he was named an inaugural Rhode Island Innovation Fellow by the Rhode Island Foundation.  For his Fellowship, Allan launched RallyRI, a project to launch a startup revolution in economic sectors where Rhode Island has untapped potential.   Allan is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, with B.S. degrees in Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Public Policy. 


  • Owen Johnson |

    Owen is a founder and managing partner of Betaspring. His past ventures include Investment Instruments Corporation, provider of online residential real estate services Rentomatic.com and Rentometer.com; and Interdimensions Corporation, a high-growth interactive agency. In 2004, he founded Connect Providence, a group helping to connect newcomers to the City of Providence, RI. In 2009, he started the Providence chapter of the Awesome Foundation. He is Co-Founder & Chairman of Revival Brewing Company  and currently serves on the board of directors for Location, Inc.


    He regularly mentors aspiring entrepreneurs, has been a team mentor for the MIT 100k Business Plan Competition, and a business plan judge for the Brown Entrepreneurship Program Business Plan Competition. Owen holds an S.B. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is an active member of the MIT alumni community.

  • Melissa Withers |

    Betaspring Chief of Staff and nerd whisperer Melissa Withers (@mizwithers) manages Betaspring's Mentor network and coordinates programming for each Betaspring session. In her advisory capacity to Betaspring teams, her skillz are primarily in PR & media relations, customer experience design, and get-to-market communications.


    In 2011, Melissa served as communications director for the then newly-elected Mayor of the City of Providence. Prior, she was co-founder and Executive Director of the Business Innovation Factory, an organization that creates platforms to enable the design and testing of new business models in areas of high social impact. 


    Melissa started her career in life science and previously served as Assistant Director of Communications and Public Affairs for Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, were she managed community relations and public communications, as well as Whitehead's pioneering science policy and advocacy program.  


    She lives in Providence, and has soft spot for nerds.

  • Jack Templin |

    Jack is a founder and partner of Betaspring. He is the CEO of Lockify, an online security as a service company. Prior to moving to Rhode Island from New York City, Jack was a Lead Strategist at iXL (now Microsoft), and co-founded Arc, a venture-backed consultancy widely recognized as a leader in the field of customer experience design.


    As a Co-Founder of Providence Geeks and RI Nexus, Jack plays a leading role in Rhode Island’s burgeoning info-tech and digital media sector. He sits on the board of the RI Economic Development Corporation and the Providence Economic Development Partnership. Jack is a graduate of Middlebury College with a B.A. in Economics., and has a Masters from New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP). He has served as an adjunct faculty member at both ITP and Columbia.