We have a strong and tightly connected network of partners and student programs to guide entrepreneurs to their next milestone.
Social Enterprise Greenhouse is a network of business and community leaders who contribute time, expertise and money to create jobs and support positive change through social enterprise. SEG currently works with 160+ ventures and 170+ mentors. The accelerator also provides talent concierge services to students and recent graduates looking to plug into the local social enterprise ecosystem through job and intern matchmaking.
MassChallenge, one of the top-ranked business accelerator and competition programs in the world, has opened up a Providence location. PVD now stands alongside Boston, Mexico, Israel, Switzerland and the UK as a venue for sourcing ideas and talent. Each year, Mass Challenge awards over $2M in equity-free cash prizes to help high-impact startups succeed.
Providence Lady Project "connects, inspires and showcases awesome women doing amazing things."
RevUp by Betaspring is an accelerator for ventures where growth through revenue is the primary goal. RevUp companies receive $75,000 in investment and immersion in a three-month program focused on increasing customer acquisition and other financial metrics. RevUp does not take equity; instead, companies return the investment as a percentage of revenue over a 36-month period.
The Founders League is a collaborative state-wide effort to cultivate technology entrepreneurship. It helps Rhode Island-based entrepreneurs, researchers and existing companies create, grow and evolve new and sustainable technology ventures; promote commercialization of research and technology rising out of academic inquiry; and contribute to the state's economic benefit. The Founders League provides programs, support services, networking opportunities, resources, and physical space to innnovative and high growth ventures. The principal partners in the Founders League are Betaspring, the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, Brown University and the University of Rhode Island.
Polaris MEP provides competitive business improvement programs to grow Rhode Island's manufacturing industry. Polaris MEP is an affiliate of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership and a business unit of the University of Rhode Island Research Foundation.
DESIGNxRI (DxRI) is a nonprofit organization with a mission to create an opportunity-driven environment for RI designers, design businesses and the design sector to thrive. They work to fulfill this mission by coalescing the RI design community and educating the general public about design and the vast RI design talent. The goal is to contribute the RI design sector’s creative, innovative problem-solving practices to the educational, economic and cultural wellbeing of the state of RI.
Innovation Providence is charged with measuring progress and driving strategy surrounding the development of Rhode Island’s Knowledge Economy. The group is chaired by Katie Gordon, managing director of Brown University's technology Ventures Office, and Michael Katz, associate vice president of intellectual property and economic development, at the University of Rhode island. The Council is comprised of leaders of colleges, universities, hospitals, state and city government and businesses. The IP is a program of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce.
The Rhode Island Foundation sponsors a competitive grant competition known as the Rhode Island Innovation Fellowship which is designed to stimulate solutions by Rhode Islanders to Rhode Island challenges. The program, made possible through the generosity of Letitia and John Carter, provides seed funding for social impact. Rhode Island Innovation Fellows will receive up to $300,000 over three years to develop, test, and implement innovative ideas that have the potential to dramatically improve any area of life in Rhode Island.
The Business Innovation Factory is a platform for transforming our most intractable systems, like healthcare, education, entrepreneurship, and energy, where players -- both private and public -- can design and test new solutions in a real-world environment. In Experience Labs, BIF research teams offer advanced, user centric insights that fuel experimentation by identifying opportunity areas for individuals, companies, nonprofits, and government agencies to test in the real world. They often partner with these groups to lead the experimentation -- from prototyping to testing to market making. Players in the BIF Community are part innovation junkies, part impatient optimists, and all share a common DNA and a passion for transformation.
Ocean State Higher Education Economic Development and Administrative Network is a non-profit coalition of universities, hospitals, government agencies, and other non-profit organizations dedicated to providing innovative Internet-based technology solutions for its member institutions and the communities they serve. OSHEAN is an active member of the Rhode Island technology community, regularly contributing expertise and resources to a wide range of initiatives, from school enrichment activities to community forums on technology-related issues in the public interest. OSHEAN regularly pursues opportunities for local, regional and national collaboration and plays a national leadership role in professional education for IT professionals and policy development in the information technology arena.
The Providence Geeks provides a forum for Rhode Island’s digital innovators to connect, collaborate, and make the City-State, and its geeks, info-technology leaders. The group holds a monthly info sharing event, curates a jobs board and offers up helpful content and resources.
The Providence Entrepreneur Meet-Up Group provides a way to network with like-minded people, share resources, brainstorm and inspire one another.
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