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The gist:

  • A model informed by community input and feedback instead of instituting a theoretical model authored by non-community members is proving more successful for everyone.
  • Being in the community you aim to serve with a physical presence, investment, and representation is proving very effective in accelerator mission success.
Eastern Bank Foundation Honors Innovation Studio With Community Advocacy Award

Eastern Bank Foundation Honors Innovation Studio With Community Advocacy Award

Innovation Studio’s first RI pitch event

Since its founding more than a decade ago, Innovation Studio has offered free structure, spaces and education services to startups, small businesses, entrepreneurs and those just looking to learn more about starting their own venture in New England. Now with a chapter in Providence, Innovation Studio is hosting its first PITCH! Program and Competition for Rhode Islanders who want to launch their business to the masses.

Retail Business Services Partners with ADUSA Supply Chain and Innovation Studio to Launch Fourth Annual SEED Start-Up Immersion Program

For the fourth year, Retail Business Services is partnering with ADUSA Supply Chain and Innovation Studio, a non-profit organization focused on growing inclusive entrepreneurship, to help early-stage entrepreneurs seize their express lane to grocery retail.
Ashley Medeiros and Peter Wells

PBS – In Another Opinion: Season 6, Episode 3

Host Peter Wells sits down with VP of Strategy & Partnerships at Innovation Studio, Ashley Medeiros. The two discuss the many ways in which the organization facilitates entrepreneurship and innovation in Rhode Island by offering workshops, work spaces, and business resources.

RI Foundation awards $76 million in grants during 2021 and raises $98 million in gifts

The Rhode island Parent Information network received $85,000 to begin a telemedicine program to help older adults in Pawtucket receive health care, the Cranston Public School District Received $135,000 to expand its STEM initiative at the Cranston Area Career & Technology Center, and the Innovation Studio received $128,000 to support its Small Business Entrepreneurship Program.
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WPI, Innovation Studio launch ‘gamification’ program

A Boston-based innovation program is partnering with Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the state's digital gaming center to launch a new entrepreneurial program out of WPI's Seaport location.

Venture Cafe Cambridge operation to transfer to the Venture Cafe Global Institute

Cambridge, MA, Sept. 17, 2021- Innovation Studio (a.k.a Venture Café Foundation), will shift responsibility for operations of the Venture Café Cambridge program to the Venture Café Global Institute (VCGI), in order to focus more on its inclusionary innovation programs throughout Greater Boston and New England. IS and VCGI will continue to collaborate on programming that grows the innovation ecosystem.

Venture Cafe & District Hall Providence operations to transition from Innovation Studio to Venture Cafe Global Institute and Cambridge Innovation Center

Innovation Studio (f.k.a Venture Café New England), the Venture Café Global Institute and Cambridge Innovation Center have agreed to shift responsibility for the operations of the Venture Café Providence Thursday Gathering program and District Hall Providence to the Venture Café Global Institute (VCGI). We expect the transition to be complete sometime between the end of September through the end of October.

District Hall Providence Hosts Vice President Harris, Commerce Secretary Raimondo For Women-Led Business Roundtable

The Vice President and Commerce Secretary traveled to Rhode Island to meet with Congressional leaders and small business owners. The main focus of their high-profile visit was to present key elements of President Biden’s proposed American Jobs Plan, chief among them being infrastructure improvements, job training, health care and child care investment.

Rhode Island innovators seek to make DEI part of the community’s DNA

When you walk into the East Providence office of meal delivery service Feast & Fettle, you’ll find a group of 60 employees that come from many diverse backgrounds and cultures. That’s no accident, says CEO Carlos Ventura Jr.