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GROWTH OPPORTUNITY: Anthony Ramon, owner of Sopha’s Café in Cranston, says a $120,000 loan through the State Small Business Credit Initiative allowed him to purchase the space to open his new culinary venture.
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$61.7M credit initiative slow to deploy money

In today’s economy, Anthony Ramon would have had a tough time securing a mortgage to buy a commercial building on Cranston’s Park Avenue, if...

Five Questions With: Frank Ahmann

Frank Ahmann is the co-founder, CEO and president at XM Therapeutics. The Providence-based biotech company, which spun out of Brown University and is developing new...

Slater Technology Fund to oversee $12M for R.I. venture development

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island's venture development efforts will get $12 million in federal funding via a new agreement between R.I. Commerce Corp. and the Slater...
GETTING THEM STARTED: Christopher D. Graham, co-managing partner of Locke Lord LLP’s Providence office, offers counseling to startup businesses in capital formation, representing emerging companies and private equity investors in different rounds of equity financing, among other services. 
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Christopher D. Graham, Locke Lord LLP Providence office co-managing partner

PBN Leaders & Achievers 2023 Christopher D. Graham Locke Lord LLP Providence office co-managing partner PROVIDING LEGAL REPRESENTATION to many over the years has been rewarding...
ON THE EDGE: Selahaddin Gumus, left, and Dana Biechele-Speziale are co-founders of deep-tech startup AtomICs Inc., which is developing molecular-level data storage that allows more information to be stored in a smaller amount of space, more sustainably and for longer periods of time. Biechele-Speziale is holding an aluminum plate that inserts into and is read by the mass spectrometer behind them. 
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In R.I., deep-tech firms struggle to find support

AtomICs Inc., a startup founded at Brown University, chases an ambitious concept: molecular-level data storage that’s small and durable enough to revolutionize the market. Co-founded...
STEADY PACE: Toye Onikoyi has founded two tech-related businesses in Rhode Island, including a virtual reality arcade called Bubbler VR. Unlike in bigger hubs, Onikoyi says, Rhode Island’s tech sector seems to move at a more deliberate speed, which sometimes can be an advantage. 
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TOO SMALL TO FAIL? R.I.’s low-profile tech sector avoiding carnage felt...

After John MacKrell launched an app-based laundry pickup and delivery service more than three years ago, a question sometimes came up during his search...

RWU to host blue tech innovators demo day

BRISTOL – Six blue technology startups and another 10 entrepreneurs will put their products into motion on Thursday at the Blue Tech Demo Day. The...

State of Innovation: R.I.’s ecosystem for entrepreneurs shows resilience

For the developers of Pointz, a navigation app geared toward safer routes for cyclists, Rhode Island offered a wealth of mentoring and networking opportunities,...
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Five Questions With: Larry Larson

5Q: Larry Larson Chairman, Slater Technology Fund Sorensen family dean of engineering and professor of engineering, Brown University 1. What are your priorities as the new chair...

Slater Technology Fund head launches new, university-focused venture fund

PROVIDENCE - Rhode Island’s rich university landscape offers fertile ground for innovative, public interest-focused research. But translating those ideas into reality requires money, and...
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