Will closures hurt R.I.’s innovation efforts?

MOVING AHEAD: Saul Kaplan, founder and chief catalyst of the Business Innovation Factory, says the loss of the Tech Collective and the R.I. Office of Innovation won’t have a lasting effect on innovative efforts in the state. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
MOVING AHEAD: Saul Kaplan, founder and chief catalyst of the Business Innovation Factory, says the loss of the Tech Collective and the R.I. Office of Innovation won’t have a lasting effect on innovative efforts in the state. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
For more than two decades, Providence nonprofit the Tech Collective provided training, recognition and other guidance for innovators ranging from aspiring entrepreneurs to seasoned professionals. But by the end of 2021, the organization that held a prominent place on the state’s innovation landscape no longer had the resources to sustain itself. In early December, the…

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