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ON THE BATTLEFIELD: University of Rhode Island Research Foundation Chief Business ­Development Officer Peter Rumsey graduated from Cornell University with the U.S. Air Force ­Reserve Officers’ Training Corps and served during the Gulf War as an electronic combat officer. 
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URI Research Foundation’s Rumsey was always dedicated to serve

PBN C-Suite 2024 Awards CAREER ACHIEVER: Peter Rumsey University of Rhode Island Research Foundation | Chief business development officer Peter Rumsey admits it’s hard to stop the...
BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER: Stacey Messier, general manager of CIC Providence LLC, helped attract companies from various industries, including offshore wind, tourism and tele­communications that now call 225 Dyer St. home. 
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CIC Providence’s Messier maintains good company under one roof

PBN C-Suite 2024 Awards RISING STAR: Stacey Messier CIC Providence LLC | General manager PEOPLE AT CAMBRIDGE ­INNOVATION CENTER, or CIC, use the term “creative collisions”...
FINDING FUNDS: RIHub Managing Director Annette Tonti, third from left, speaks with, from left, Natalie Hogan, chief operating officer at DataRobot; Lindsay Kuhn, founder at Wingspans; and Trisha Ballakur, co-founder and chief technology officer of Pointz, at RIHub in Providence. Tonti says it’s especially difficult for women entrepreneurs to raise funding.
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Funding tough to access for women, minorities

Throughout her more than 30 years as a Rhode Island-based entrepreneur and innovator, Annette Tonti has started multiple businesses and raised tens of millions...

URI students earn funds, recognition at 401 Tech Bridge pitch night

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Three University of Rhode Island student-led ventures won recognition at the 401 Tech Bridge Entrepreneur Pitch Night earlier this month, with...

Restaurant and bar robotics startup wins ‘Calamari Tank’ pitch competition

PROVIDENCE – Avendly, a startup focused on robotic automation of restaurant and bar jobs, took top prize in Rhode Island Startup Week’s “Calamari Tank”...
WHAT’S IN STORE: Toyin Omisore, owner of Roam Loud, an activewear and athleisure brand, stands with the company’s products on display at REI in Cranston. Omisore has also sold her products through Kohl’s Corp. and 70 CorePower Yoga studios throughout the U.S.
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Everybody’s Business: Fashioning an enterprise that’s a perfect fit

When Toyin Omisore was ramping up her workouts around 2017, she didn’t give much thought to what she was wearing. “But I knew that I...

Third R.I. Startup Week to feature 60 startups, 40-plus events

PROVIDENCE – Around 60 startups plan to take part in the state's third Startup Week, which will this year feature more than 40 events...

Third annual R.I. Startup Week to begin with ‘Innovation Crawl’

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island Startup Week will kick off its third annual series of programming at the end of the month, beginning with an “Innovation Crawl” on Sept. 29. The...

RIHub launches new database to map ‘Innovation Ecosystem’

PROVIDENCE – A new database powered by RIHub recently launched to provide entrepreneurs with a lay of the land in the state’s innovation economy. The startup service’s “Rhode...

Venture Café Providence to host panel, debate on AI’s societal impacts

PROVIDENCE – As artificial intelligence dominates headlines across industries, an upcoming panel held by Venture Café Providence in partnership with RIHub will explore potential benefits and...
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