At the end of every month, we recap the biggest tech and startup happenings in Rhode Island. We have an archive of past roundups here. To get this info weekly (Tuesday afternoons, to be exact), sign up for the Rhode Island Inno Beat newsletter.
The pharmaceutical redistribution company MediCircle was the big winner at the Brown Venture Prize Pitch Competition, claiming the $25,000 first place prize that also comes with expert mentorship and networking opportunities. Viewers of the virtual event also voted MediCircle as the fan favorite.
As founder and director of the Venture Capital Inclusion Lab at Brown University, Banu Ozkazanc-Pan is knee-deep in the minutiae of how innovation economies work — and the ways in which they often fail entrepreneurs from underrepresented backgrounds.
Clean tech integrator Ameresco has achieved commercial operation at its site in Tiverton and mechanical completion at its location in Cumberland in the New England state.
Since the coronavirus pandemic struck at the beginning of 2020, many people have expressed their gratitude for frontline healthcare workers by posting on social media, making yard signs and saying thanks in person whenever possible. But there has never been a central location for those workers to see how appreciative people are for all they have done.
After a year of pivots, which included taking its 2020 Design Catalyst program all-virtual and overhauling the structure of its annual Design Week in October, DESIGNxRI is back — and it’s kicking off its 2021 programming by infusing 10 Providence-based design ventures with a collective $140,000 in cash.
Rhode Island, like many other states, is seeing record-high unemployment rates in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. In July 2020, former Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo announced an initiative called Back to Work RI in response to the pandemic and in hopes of strengthening the economy.
Temperance Taylor had initially planned to launch her startup, Lotus Noire Health, in March of 2020. The vision was to provide sexual health care via telemedicine to communities of color and LGBTQ+ folks — those who had the most difficulty accessing care due to time, geography or poor treatment in the past.
Kids across Rhode Island are familiar with the signs that spring is on its way — melting snow, longer days and plastic models of brains popping up in classrooms. The latter is a hallmark of Brain Week R.I., a series of school visits, fairs, presentations, performances and events held each March to make brain science fun, educational and accessible for everyone.