Despite challenges, startups can find investors to grow in R.I.

TECH INVESTORS: Slater Technology Fund executives Richard G. Horan, left, senior managing director, and Thorne Sparkman, managing director. The fund has invested about $30 million in early-stage companies from 1997 to 2015, with an estimated $550 million in add-on investments. / PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS
TECH INVESTORS: Slater Technology Fund executives Richard G. Horan, left, senior managing director, and Thorne Sparkman, managing director. The fund has invested about $30 million in early-stage companies from 1997 to 2015, with an estimated $550 million in add-on investments. / PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS
Dr. Rajiv Kumar and Dr. Brad Weinberg molded the idea for what became known as ShapeUp while earning their medical degrees at Brown University in the early 2000s. The startup, focused on encouraging healthy life habits, proved lucrative and last year was sold to Massachusetts-based Virgin Pulse Inc., an arm of Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin…

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