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RAISING AND SECURING SEED MONEY currently is the primary goal of Providence-based Octane Venture Labs, a new "pre-seed" venture capital fund. /BLOOMBERG NEWS PHOTO/SCOTT ELLS

Providence venture capital startup targets Boston-to-New York corridor

PROVIDENCE – The small but growing community of local firms and organizations devoted to supporting promising entrepreneurs has a new member: Octane Venture Labs.The...
VIRTUAL ­COMPANY: Leonora Valvo, founder and director of Warren-based Swoogo, coordinates a videoconference staff meeting from her ­computer.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

An education steeped in real-world challenges

“Often we fall in love with our own ideas,” noted Swoogo founder Leonora Valvo. “We need to spend the time to make others fall...
HOPE HOPKINS has been appointed program director of MassChallenge Rhode Island. The organization is now accepting applications for its 2019 accelerator program. / COURTESY MASSCHALLENGE

13 R.I. entrepreneurs chosen for MassChallenge business accelerator

PROVIDENCE – Thirteen "high potential" Rhode Island entrepreneurs are among 25 startups chosen for having promising ideas in different industries and they soon will...
THE DEADLINE to apply for the 2019 Rhode Island Business Competition is April 1.

Deadline to apply for R.I. Business Competition approaches

PROVIDENCE – The deadline to apply for the 2019 Rhode Island Business Competition is 5 p.m. on April 1, the competition organization announced Monday.This...
ONE-STOP SHOP: Bill and Diana Bothelo opened The Cheese Wheel in Tiverton in November. The shop sells packaged meats and cheeses, shown below.  
 / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

Cheese and meats from near and far

Husband and wife team Bill and Diana Bothelo in November launched The Cheese Wheel Inc. at 3838 Main Road in Tiverton.New to entrepreneurship and...
TECH INCUBATOR: Innovate Newport Director of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Tuni Schartner gives a tour of the former Sheffield School on Broadway in Newport, which will serve as the location of Innovate Newport. The business incubator will house small companies, startups and entrepreneurs in the fields of marine and environmental technology, cybersecurity and renewable energy.
 / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

Can a new business incubator keep a bigger slice of Navy...

For years, community leaders in Newport have watched as the nearby Naval ­Undersea Warfare Center has farmed out billions of dollars in contracts to...
Since reforming the family-run Parker Construction in 1999, President Glenn A. Parker has emphasized standing out in the residential field, including going so far as to build temporary enclosures around job sites in order to work year-round. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Say yes and build your capabilities and renew your enthusiasm

Glenn A. Parker | Parker Construction Co. presidentOver the last two decades I have had the opportunity to be involved in some monumental and...
LOCAL LEADER: Richard G. Horan founded Biograph Venture Development to give aspiring business owners greater access to early-stage capital and encourage more private-sector investment in the local startup scene. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Biograph Venture early-stage funding boost for startups

Richard G. Horan, a leader in the local entrepreneurship community, has founded Biograph Venture Development LLC to give aspiring business owners greater access to...
LT. GOV. Daniel McKee, left, in 2017 looks at the website of Chapincito ­Media, a multimedia production company, with owner Edwin Arroyo Mendez. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

McKee starts business pitch competition for Rhode Island students

PROVIDENCE – Lt. Gov. Dan McKee is launching a new business-pitch competition for high school students to compete for $9,000 in scholarship prizes.The competition,...
NEW PRODUCT: James Wagner is one of the founders of BI Medical, a medical-technology startup that has developed a liquid chemistry to deodorize and decontaminate prosthetics. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Deep cleaning for prosthetics

BI Medical LLC, a company focused on improving the lives of amputees, has taken the Rhode Island entrepreneurship community by storm.The medical-technology startup in...
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