Providence Business Journal: McKee announces $1.7 million in Rhode Island broadband grants

Gov. Dan McKee has announced up to $1.7 million to increase internet access for low- and moderate-income households across the state. “Today’s awards will help Rhode Islanders better access reliable and affordable high-speed internet and the valuable resources it provides,” said McKee in a news release.

Read the full article on the Providence Business Journal.

Rhode Island Monthly: The 2021 Tech10 Awards

In this constantly evolving society, the people in the information technology field, or IT as we call it, are learning new skills and keeping up with the latest trends. Rhode Island Monthly and Tech Collective have partnered up to highlight the amazing work of these tech innovators, as well as the Next Tech Generation winners, the future of the industry.

Read the full article on Rhode Island Monthly.

Newport Daily News: Newport Housing Authority awarded $980,000 for residents’ internet access

Tommy Sheehan, president of the Hi-Lo Neighborhood Association, saw kids struggling to do homework in Donovan Manor and other public housing complexes during the early days of the COVID pandemic because they did not have an internet connection. That’s when he began his crusade to provide internet service for the residents of the Donovan Manor high-rise building on Chapel Street and the single-story low-rise buildings of Chapel Terrace across the street, as well as for other Newport Housing Authority residents at developments like Park Holm.

Read the full article on the Newport Daily News.

Brown Daily Herald: Brown, RISD team wins ‘Most Creative Concept’ at NASA Challenge Forum

A team of students from Brown and the Rhode Island School of Design took home the ‘Most Creative Concept’ award after presenting at NASA’s 2021 Breakthrough, Innovative and Game-changing Idea Challenge last week. The team was selected as finalists previously in January and were awarded $90,000 to develop concepts and technologies to address the problem of moon dust during space missions. 

Read the full article on the Brown Daily Herald.

Rhode Island Inno: Tech-enabled laundry service with R.I. roots now operating across 29 states

A couple of years ago, North Kingstown resident John MacKrell came up with an idea for a tech-enabled next-day laundry pickup and delivery service at customers’ fingertips. Now HappyNest Inc., with its business headquarters on Post Road in East Greenwich, is operating with 76 laundromat partners across 29 states and serving an average of 7,000 customers a month.

Read the full article on the Rhode Island Inno.

Rhode Island Inno: Women entrepreneurs drive online microbusiness growth

Women are responsible for more than half of online microbusinesses started in the U.S. since the onset of the pandemic. Black people and women have started more of these very small businesses during the pandemic than they did prior to it, according to GoDaddy’s Venture Forward initiative, which polled 4,000 online microbusiness owners in July. Nine out of 10 of these entrepreneurs have fewer than 10 employees. (NYSE: GDDY) 

Read the full article on the Rhode Island Inno.

Rhode Island Inno: Ocean State Update: The biggest Rhode Island tech & startup news from October

At the end of every month, we recap the biggest tech and startup happenings in Rhode Island. To get this info weekly (Tuesday afternoons, to be exact), sign up for the Rhode Island Inno Beat newsletter. Let’s take a look.

1. American City Business Journals is launching the Providence Business Journal, which will be a close partner with us here at Rhode Island Inno in covering startups and innovation in the Ocean State.

Read the full article on the Rhode Island Inno.

Rhode Island Inno: Rhode Island startup Ritual Motion is trying to build a new kind of gaming community

A Rhode Island entrepreneur is trying to create a community-focused alternative to video-game streaming titans like Twitch and YouTube, and is looking for investment from the community along the way. RitualMotion, founded by Rhode Islander Dana Paul in 2018, just launched its new GUILD (Gamers United In Live Discussion) platform, which Paul said is focused on “peer to peer” video experiences. 

Read the full article on the Rhode Island Inno.

Boston Globe: This Swedish digital health startup is coming to Rhode Island, hoping to reduce unnecessary surgeries for joint pain

The founders of a Swedish digital clinic are looking to treat Rhode Islanders for their knee and other chronic joint pain. Joint Academy, cofounded by Jakob Dahlberg in 2014 with his father Leif Dahlberg, has already seen more than 70,000 patients across the globe through its treatment program, which connects patients with a licensed physical therapist through chat and video calls with the company’s app.

Read the full article on The Boston Globe.

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