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Venture Café Providence connects a community of innovators, entrepreneurs, and small businesses through free, high-impact programming and events.

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June 27, 2024
Panel: Diversifying RI's BlueTech Community
Thursday Gathering - Innovation and Diversity in BlueTech with SeaAhead
June 27, 2024
Panel: Diversifying RI's BlueTech Community
Join us for an engaging and insightful panel discussion on “Diversifying RI’s BlueTech Community,” where we will explore the dynamic intersection of innovation, inclusivity, and economic growth within Rhode Island’s burgeoning BlueTech sector. This event will feature distinguished speakers who are at the forefront of fostering diversity and inclusion in the tech industry. Speakers: Nina Pande, Executive Director for Skills for RI’s Future, will share her expertise in workforce development and her initiatives to create pathways for underrepresented groups to enter and thrive in the BlueTech field. Nishita Roy-Pope, Founder & CEO of Tribe Academy, will discuss her innovative approaches to education and training, focusing on equipping a diverse range of students with the skills needed to succeed in BlueTech and other STEM careers. Pete Rumsey, Chief Business Development Officer of the URI Research Foundation and URI Ventures, will provide insights into how the University of Rhode Island is driving BlueTech innovation and the importance of creating inclusive opportunities within this cutting-edge industry. This panel aims to address the critical need for diversity in BlueTech, explore strategies for creating more inclusive environments, and highlight the economic and social benefits of a diversified workforce. Attendees will gain valuable perspectives on how to support and engage with efforts to diversify Rhode Island’s BlueTech community, fostering a more vibrant and innovative industry landscape. Co-created in Collaboration with SeaAhead SeaAhead is a startup and innovation platform dedicated to the blue economy. We bring together entrepreneurs, investors, industry leaders, and stakeholders to accelerate the commercial development of emerging technologies focused on ocean, coastal, and climate resilience. Through our growing community of partners, the BlueSwell Program, and our Blue Angels investor group, we support founders seeking to scale their early startups.
September 26, 2024
Innovation@Brown Showcase
Thursday Gathering - Innovation@Brown Showcase
September 26, 2024
Innovation@Brown Showcase
We’re back with the 2nd annual Innovation@Brown Showcase, in partnership with Brown Technology Innovations! The Innovation@Brown Showcase celebrates and builds on these developments, providing an opportunity for you to meet investors, academic researchers, entrepreneurs and regional leaders and learn more about this growing ecosystem around Brown. The event will include a keynote address, a conversation with Rhode Island startups, an award ceremony recognizing recent groundbreaking inventions, a technology showcase and opportunities to learn more about working with Brown and others leading the way in innovation. Agenda: 3:00 PM – Check in begins at Venture Cafe Providence (in District Hall at 225 Dyer Street, Providence) 3:00-4:15 PM – Technology Showcase & Networking highlighting the next wave of potential spinouts from Brown University. Tables throughout the space will feature 20-25 early companies and pre-companies interested in engaging with funders, scientific partners, and/or business professionals. During the showcase, enjoy complimentary beer, wine, and hors d’oeuvres. 4:15-4:30 PM – Welcome and Opening Address 4:30-5:00 PM – Fireside Chat 5:00-5:30 PM – Keynote Conversation 5:30-6:00 PM – Awards Ceremony for Startup of the Year, Inventor of the Year, and Innovation of the Year 6:00-7:00 PM – Technology Showcase & Networking continued About Brown Technology Innovations: The mission of Brown Technology Innovations is to put Brown University’s technology first to drive commercial outcomes that benefit the University and society. With its responsibilities to manage the university’s patent portfolio, the Brown University technology transfer office, called Brown Technology Innovations is first and foremost focused on commercialization.
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