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Piranha Pond pitch contest set for Nov. 13 at UMassD...

DARTMOUTH – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the South Coast Entrepreneurs Collaborative will host a Piranha Pond pitch...
OPEN HOUSE: Sebastian Sheng, left, a first-year graduate student in PRIME, or program in innovation management and entrepreneurship at Brown University, speaks with, from left, Brown sophomores Isamella Espinosa, international relations major; Olivia Tulkoff, public policy major; and Jack Schaeffer, applied math and economics major, at the university’s Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship during an open house to kick off the fall semester.
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R.I. has a robust entrepreneurial community, but can it do more...

For a small state, Rhode Island punches above its weight when it comes to producing promising startups and organizations that help nurture and fund...
VERTEX HAS entered into an agreement to purchase Semma Therapeutics for $950 million in cash.

Vertex to acquire Semma Therapeutics

PROVIDENCE – Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc. has entered into an agreement to acquire Semma Therapeutics for $950 million in cash, the companies announced Tuesday. Both companies...
SLATER TECHNOLOGY FUND has invested $250,000 in HappyNest, an East Greenwich-based company providing digital services and consumer-facing offerings in the laundry-as-service market.

Slater funds East Greenwich laundry delivery startup

EAST GREENWICH – The Slater Technology Fund has invested $250,000 in HappyNest Inc., a laundry-as-service company headquartered in East Greenwich, the fund announced this...

Slater Technology Fund invests in Providence ‘e-learning’ startup

PROVIDENCE – The Slater Technology Fund, a local nonprofit seed fund for business ventures, has invested $25,000 in GoPeer, a Providence-based “e-learning” startup, as...

Five Questions With: Thorne Sparkman

Thorne Sparkman is the managing director of Providence-based Slater Technology Fund, Rhode Island’s largest venture capital fund, where he is responsible for the firm’s...

Slater Technology Fund announces new board members, chair

PROVIDENCE – Slater Technology Fund, the state’s oldest seed-stage investment fund, has added Robert Maccini and Christopher Graham to its board of directors and...
ON MONDAY, Brown University published Brown and the Innovation Economy - a strategic plan which includes five action points which the school identified to help achieve its goals of further local economic impact. / COURTESY BROWN UNIVERSITY

Brown highlights new ways to leverage school assets for greater economic...

PROVIDENCE – Incentivizing local entrepreneurs, translating medical innovations into products and companies, increasing the school’s engagement with private industry and building new innovation infrastructure...
FOUR RHODE ISLAND companies were slected to participate in the 2018 Cleantech Open accelerator cohort.

4 R.I. companies chosen for 2018 Cleantech Open Northeast accelerator program

PROVIDENCE – Four Rhode Island companies were selected for the 2018 Cleantech Open Northeast accelerator program and had their application costs and fees underwritten...
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...
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