SNEEF panel to assess status of region’s startup economy

PROVIDENCE – The Southern New England Entrepreneurs Forum will host a panel discussion Wednesday night to examine the current state of entrepreneurship in the region.

Headquartered in Fall River at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth’s Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, SNEEF represents a network of entrepreneurs and organizations dedicated to economic development and innovation in Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts.

Wednesday’s event will be the first SNEEF has held in Providence since the group’s inception a decade ago. A panel of experts will discuss recent and ongoing changes in the region’s startup community, as well as efforts to support entrepreneurs and build a robust startup ecosystem in southern New England.

The panelists include:

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  • Shelley Cardoos, executive director of Entrepreneurship for All South Coast, or EforAll, a nonprofit located in New Bedford and Fall River that works with aspiring entrepreneurs and startups to promote economic growth.
  • Carol Malysz, executive director of MedMates, Rhode Island’s life sciences technology network founded in 2013 to mobilize the talent and resources needed to support the region’s life sciences community.
  • Christine M.B. Smith, managing director of innovation at R.I. Commerce Corp., the state’s primary economic-development organization.
  • Emily Wanderer, director of programs at Social Enterprise Greenhouse, a Providence-based nonprofit accelerator for entrepreneurs and startups that want to support positive change through social enterprise.
  • Ric Wild, member services coordinator at Hope & Main, Rhode Island’s first incubator for food-related startups, which has helped to license more than 100 businesses in its first three years.

The forum will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 18, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Law Offices of Adler Pollock & Sheehan in Providence. Admission costs $20 for the general public and $15 for SNEEF affiliates. Active SNEEF members can attend for free.

For more information or to register to attend, visit or email

Galen Auer is a PBN contributing writer. Email or follow on Twitter at @PBNAuer.