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INVESTED: Rhode Island Foundation President and CEO Neil D. Steinberg and Jessica David, senior vice president of strategy and community investments, have helped launch 12 Rhode Island entrepreneurs through RIF’s innovation fellowship program. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Six years in, RIF innovation fellows’ impact unclear as they fight...

Six years ago, the Rhode Island Foundation announced it was accepting applications for something called an innovation fellowship. The program, funded by local philanthropists...
WALT MOSSBERG, a veteran tech journalist, talks about the possibilities and challenges associated with ambient computing. He was one of more than 30 speakers at the Business Innovation Factory annual summit in Providence./PBN PHOTO/ELI SHERMAN

Business Innovation Factory summit draws hundreds to Providence

PROVIDENCE – Walt Mossberg sees ambient computing as the next big inflection point in the digital revolution, a movement that started in the late...
SELF-AWARE: Steven Keating, one of the Business Innovation Factory's 2015 Summit speakers, takes a selfie with the crowd during his talk in September. / PBN FILE PHOTO/STEPHANIE ALVAREZ EWENS

Business Innovation Factory annual summit sells out again

PROVIDENCE - What do an astronaut, a three-time Super Bowl winner and the president and CEO of BakerRipley in Houston all have in common?The...
STUCK: Uber and Lyft driver Sean DeLong’s professional background in business-operations management doesn’t lend itself to highly technical jobs, but his education and experience over-qualify him for most low-wage jobs, which has made it difficult for him to find a job since being laid off in 2015.  / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO


Behind seemingly positive employment data is structural weakness that in the...

Sean DeLong, 42, has applied for more than 800 jobs in Rhode ­Island and southeastern ­Massachusetts since November 2015.On average, he gets about one...
SELF-AWARE: Steven Keating, one of the Business Innovation Factory's 2015 Summit speakers, takes a selfie with the crowd during his talk in September. / PBN FILE PHOTO/STEPHANIE ALVAREZ EWENS

BIF receives $1M from Carnegie Corp. to reshape U.S. education system

PROVIDENCE – Carnegie Corporation of New York, a philanthropic foundation, has granted the Business Innovation Factory $1 million to try and help reshape the...
SOCIAL ENTERPRISE GREENHOUSE CEO Kelly Ramirez addresses the crowd during SEG’s impact-accelerator graduation and pitch event at the Davol Square offices in Providence. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

BIF, SEG providing beneficial meetup opportunities for entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurship can be a lonely pursuit, especially for those who work 60 to 80 hours per week trying to bring a promising idea to...
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