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SAUL KAPLAN, the founder of the Business Innovation Factory, speaks at a summit in 2015. / PBN FILE PHOTO/STEPHANIE ALVAREZ EWENS

Business Innovation Factory pivots to self-initiated programs

PROVIDENCE – Innovation and design thinking are the business of the Business Innovation Factory, but for the past year, the Providence-based company has applied...

NHPRI, Business Innovation Factory partner on maternal health program aimed at...

SMITHFIELD – Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island is partnering with the Business Innovation Factory on a two-year pilot program for Neighborhood’s pregnant members. Designed...
PRODUCT TEST: Amanda Jamieson, left, assistant professor of molecular microbiology and immunology at Brown University, holds plaque assays of GC Ink, a graphene ink developed by Graphene Composites USA Inc. that is believed to kill viruses when applied to surfaces. Brown researchers, including Delia Demers, center, and Meredith Crane, are testing the product thanks to a grant GC received from the R.I. Commerce Corp.’s Innovation Voucher Program. / COURTESY GREG SERPA

Where is Commerce headed? McKee may give R.I. agency new direction...

Amid the upheaval of the COVID-19 pandemic last June, Daniel J. McKee appeared frustrated. McKee, then Rhode Island’s lieutenant governor, took the unusual step of...
REBUILD READY: From left, Mark Van Noppen, CEO of RCG Armory LLC, architect Jack Ryan and Seth Zeren, principal of RCG Armory, stand in the room of a former nursing home at 31 Parade St. in Providence. Armory purchased the building a few years ago and will use Rebuild Rhode Island tax credits to turn it into 12 apartments. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Raimondo reengineered Commerce RI, but its true test may be yet...

Few would dispute that Rhode Island is in better shape economically than it was five years ago when Gov. Gina M. Raimondo began her...
LARGER SPACE: Edesia, a maker of food products for customers such as UNICEF that ship goods overseas to feed malnourished children, outgrew its original facility in Providence and made the move to the Quonset Business Park in North Kingstown in 2016, opening an 83,000-square-foot, high-tech factory. From left, Executive Director Maria Kasparian, founder and CEO Navyn Salem and HMI Controller Jorge Campos work in the factory.
 / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

How much growth is left at Quonset?

Steven J. King rolls up in a company-issued sport utility vehicle to a graveled construction site in a wooded area, at the end of...

Officials left guessing on Hasbro plans

Call it The Big Mum. One of the world’s largest toymakers and among Rhode Island’s iconic companies, Hasbro Inc. is considering moving its headquarters...
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...
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...

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