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Chris Kieran presenting Zoko at Betaspring’s Demo Day

Zoko’s experience in Betaspring — a summer start-up accelerator in Providence — officially came to a close last week culminating in Demo Day, an event during which all 11 teams in Betaspring presented about our companies to more than 100 mentors, investors, and community leaders.

Zoko was featured in several local media outlets.  Read about Zoko in the media below.

The Providence Journal

Start-ups woo investors with novel ideas after summer at Providence-based Betaspring

by Kate Bramson, published Saturday, September 10, 2011

In a room buzzing with energy Thursday afternoon, entrepreneurs who settled in Providence for the summer to hone their ideas for start-up companies at the Betaspring business incubator pitched the best they had to a roomful of investors and business leaders.  “I am hungry,” Christopher Kieran from Philadelphia told his audience of about 125 as he began talking about Zoko, which is all about connecting people over food and dinner parties.  But he’s not just hungry for food, he told them. He’s hungry for joy and life and people.

Entrepreneurs pitch ideas to investors at Betaspring

by Kate Bramson, published Thursday, September 8, 2011

In a room buzzing with energy Thursday afternoon, 11 entrepreneurial teams who settled in Providence for the summer to hone their ideas for start-up companies at the Betaspring business incubator pitched the best they’ve got to a roomful of investors and business leaders.

Providence Business News

Betaspring showcases 2011 participants at Demo Day

by Kelly Anderson, published Friday, September 9, 2011

One team of five, from Zoko, aims to connect people in a social networking environment over food.  “What caught our eye with them is they had an extreme clear intention and a massive passion for what they did,” said Johnson. “It was completely overwhelming. Once they were here in person, first of all we said we like their idea, and second of all we know they are going to do this.”

New England Post

Eleven Startups Strut Their Stuff at Betaspring’s Investor Demo Day

Posted by Soren Sorenson, Thursday, September 8, 2011

Zoko’s Christopher Kieran told the audience, “I’m hungry,” and proceeded to explain how his passion for food and friends inspired the idea for his social network for dinner parties.

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