LOCATION 350 Eddy Street, Providence, RI 02903

DATE May 23, 2019

TIME 5:30 – 7:30 PM



Join us to connect with cool entrepreneurs from Providence and Boston.

As an entrepreneur, it’s not enough to have a great idea. You need relationships too.

Come out to meet fellow entrepreneurs from the Greater Boston and Providence areas in our, “Startups’ Night Out: PVD Meets BOS” event. It will be a great opportunity to hear about the journeys and success of Featured entrepreneurs and make new connections.

Enjoy startup stories, start-up resources, an opportunity to give an open mic pitch, and local food and drink.




– Introduction to Venture Café

– Featured Entrepreneurs’ Presentations (PVD + BOS)

– Open Mic Pitches

– Startup Resource Tables (aka Info Tables)

– Networking











Intro to Venture Café Providence
Startup Story: GeoOrbital with Mike Burtov

Industry: Transportation

Venture: The GeoOrbital wheel Is the easiest way to convert your bike to a powerful electric vehicle – IN SECONDS.

About the Founder

Venture Cafe Providence Mike Burtov Geo OrbitalMichael Burtov is the founder and CEO of GeoOrbital. He is able to help with gauging product-market-fit, go-to-market strategy, as well as team-building and fundraising. Mike has been the founder and CEO of 4 companies (2 failed, 2 thrived) and has over 15 years’ experience in starting-up and seeing companies through their lifecycle. For his companies he has raised funds in every possible way including angel investors, angel groups, Incubators, VC, customers, Crowdfunding (raising over $2M by Product and Equity), and even appeared on ABC’s SHARK TANK to pitch to celebrity investors. Mike is also a winner of the 2018 Edison Award and was named one of the Top Inventors of 2016 and one of the “most dynamic and creative people shaping business today,” by the Upstart Business Journal.

Startup Story: BetaxAnalytics with Shannon Shallcross

Industry: Healthcare

Venture: Data analytics that converts complex health care data into transparent, actionable and meaningful insights.

About the Founder

Venture Cafe Providence Shannon Shallcross Betax AnalyticsShannon Shallcross is an analytics strategist who believes that data interpretation holds the key to solving healthcare’s toughest challenges. She has served as an executive in the insurance and health industries over the past decade and has advised a broad range of Fortune 500 clients. As the co-founder and CEO of BetaXAnalytics, her company uses the power of data science “for good” to improve the cost, transparency, and quality of healthcare. The company has built a custom data analytics platform as well as tools to measure population health, waste, medication adherence, as well as health risk measures among a variety of disease states. BetaXAnalytics has been named one of “7 Startups to Watch” in 2018 by RI Inno and they are the recipient of the Providence Business News award for “Most Innovative Health and Wellness Company” in 2018. Most notably, they built a tool that uses natural language processing to scan through millions of doctors notes and faxes to identify incorrect patient coding. This technology produced a $1.3 million discovery in corrected HCC risk scores to increase reimbursements for a New York-based ACO. She graduated with a double major in International Business and Management and French from Dickinson College and she has a Master of Science Degree in Insurance Management from Boston University.

Startup Story: .CRAVE with Matthew Tortora

Industry: Food & Beverage

Venture: Technology platform to enable a digital interface for local food and beverage vendors.

About the Founder

Venture Cafe Providence Matthew Tortora CRAVE What's GoodMatt is the CEO of .CRAVE and co-founder of WhatsGood. After serving 10 years in the U.S. Navy, Matt made the decision to pursue his deep-rooted passion for food and become a chef. In 2014, he left the kitchen to found a food technology and marketing company called Crave Food Systems, after much heartache and pain while trying to source his ingredients locally. Matt’s leadership experience and innovative talents have helped him build a team of now more than 25 and world-class mobile eCommerce technology. Today WhatsGood enables thousands of farmers, fishermen, artisans to sell to thousands of customers in markets such as Boston, NY, Chicago, LA, and SF

Startup Story: Canomiks with Leena Pradhan-Nabzdyk

Industry: Life Sciences

Venture:  Bioinformatics technology designed to create multi-herb formulations targeted at modifying the genomic signature for Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Type2Diabetes and Arthritis.


About the Founder

Leena Pradhan-Nabzdyk is the Founder and CEO of Canomiks. She is an accomplished life science professional and faculty member of Harvard Medical School with extensive experience in developing alliances between industry and academia and spearheading multi-disciplinary projects in the fields of diabetes, cardiovascular, and allied areas. She has translated this expertise into the founding of Canomiks where she has led the curation of a database depicting the association of 250 different herbs with expression of~24000 genes. Using our proprietary GeneTune® bioinformatics technology Canomiks has designed multi-herb formulations targeted at modifying the genomic signature for Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Type2Diabetes, and Arthritis. Canomiks formulations are positioned to support the management of chronic conditions and improve quality of life.

Startup Resource Tables (Click Here to Apply)

Are you an organization/institution that provides resources or support to entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs? Sign up to host an Info Table during our Startups’ Night Out event. It will be a great opportunity to spread the word about your resources for the small business community.

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Startup Resource Table (Info Table)

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Open Mic Pitch (Click Here to Apply)

Are you an entrepreneur looking to connect with your fellow entrepreneurs in Greater Boston and Providence? Why not take a shot at our Open Mic where you will have 60 seconds to make a pitch for help or connections.

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  • Please complete this form to apply to participate in an Open Mic session.

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Open Mic
  • A select number of individuals will be given 60 seconds to pitch the Venture Café community on our mic. Pitchers will have one minute to state who they are, what they do, what they need help with and how they can help the community. After pitches have concluded, interested parties huddle with the pitchers.




Michael Burtov

CEO of GeoOrbital

Cambridge, MA


Shannon Shallcross

Co-founder and CEO of BetaXAnalytics

Providence, RI


Matthew Tortora

CEO of .CRAVE & Co-founder of WhatsGood

Providence, RI


Leena Pradhan-Nabzdyk

CEO of Canomiks

Cambridge, MA



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