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EVENTS FOR EVERYONE

Follow the Online Calendar for lounge closures, important announcements, and upcoming events at District Hall Providence. Events below are open to the public, but may require registration.

Questions? Email info@districthallprovidence.org.

Feb
27
Thu
Venture Café: Diversity In Commerce, Cleantech Open Town Hall, Project Management, and More… @ District Hall Providence
Feb 27 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Each week we bring together a diverse community including entrepreneurs, industry leaders, small businesses, and researchers to share new ideas, learn from one another, and launch new ventures. RSVP!

Open Office Hours | 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Connecting emerging entrepreneurs and startups with industry and sector experts for 30 minutes of free advising. This week features experts in product development, finance, leadership, and marketing strategy.

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM :: Daniel Gertrudes – Entrepreneur with expertise in finance & business development.

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM :: Scott Asadorian – Leadership, marketing, culture, and strategy.

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM :: Roni Kabessa – Entrepreneur with 25 years experience in retail product development, design, brand development, logistics, processes, and systems.

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM :: Rosa Power – Creative thinker, passionate about branding to help startups implement unique strategies for growth.

“Project Management for the Trades” | 6:00 – 6:50 PM

Learn how industry professionals leverage common business tools and mobile applications to improve productivity, increase profits, and maintain competitive advantage against larger corporations. Topics include task management, resource management, scheduling, cost & pricing worksheets. Led by Maryann Mathews of the Multicultural Innovation Center.

Cleantech Open Town Hall | 5:40 – 6:30

Learn how Cleantech Open is improving the environment and supporting cleantech economy through innovation and entrepreneurship. Hear from Cleantech Open alumni other emerging startups as they give minute pitches. Sign up here for your chance to give a 1 minute pitch about your Cleantech venture!

“Importance of Diversity in Commerce” | 6:40 – 7:30 PM

Diversity in commerce bolsters the progression of entire communities by addressing often overlooked market opportunities while providing increased avenues for income and wealth generation. Come learn and discuss the importance of diversifying business ownership and the challenges to getting a minority-owned venture off the ground with Marcela Betancur (RWU Latino Policy Institute), Priscilla Edwards (Glow), and Prosper Ishimwe (RIBBA). Moderated by Amber Jackson (Black Leaf Tea and Culture Shop)

 

Beat the line! If this is your first time attending a Venture Café Providence event, you will need to create a Venture Café account. The best option is to create this account BEFORE you arrive to save precious time for making connections, hearing great talks, taking pictures, posting ideas, and noshing on some local eats.

Pre-registration link

Mar
3
Tue
Lunch & Learn: Pizza, Puzzles, & Problem Solving @ District Hall Providence
Mar 3 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Join Polaris MEP at Venture Café Providence, for a fun luncheon, fun and frenetic competition, all while learning Lean strategies for advanced problem solving in your organization. Pizza, Puzzles & Problem Solving is all about the notorious Kata Puzzle Exercise that brings out the competitors in everyone. Definitely not your typical training event, P3S is presented by Lean Tip of the Week host and Polaris MEP Project Manager, Nathan Bonds.

RSVP Here!

Mar
4
Wed
RIBC Workshop: Find Those Funds
Mar 4 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

This workshop will feature a panel of experienced business builders and investors who will provide practical insights and tips on how new and emerging companies can get that critical early funding.

Attendees will learn about:

  • Rhode Island funding sources
  • How to engage with potential funders
  • What to emphasize in a funding pitch

Free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. REGISTER NOW

We’re excited to team with Venture Café, which is becoming an important nexus for the startup community.

Mar
5
Thu
Venture Café: Data Driven Culture, Securing Financing, eCommerce Marketing, and More… @ District Hall Providence
Mar 5 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Each week we bring together a diverse community including entrepreneurs, industry leaders, small businesses, and researchers to share new ideas, learn from one another, and launch new ventures. RSVP

Open Office Hours | 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Connecting emerging entrepreneurs and startups with industry and sector experts for 30 minutes of free advising. This week features experts in finance, cybersecurity, and branding strategy.

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM :: Jess BachmanBrand Strategy & Marketing

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM :: Ted HowellLawyer with expertise supporting entrepreneurs and startup organizations

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM :: Matthew Leathers – Consultant with expertise in Cybersecurity and operations
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM :: James Kwon – Storyteller & Business Strategist, growth-hacking companies to realize their full potential

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM :: Tuni Schartner – Marketing, Strategy, Organizational Growth

 

Small Business Spotlight: Sanous Sweets | 5:00 – 7:30 PM

Sanous Sweets, a new baking company specializing in vegan friendly lactation cookies, will be sampling their new products. They support breast feeding women with a healthy delicious nutrient filled snack that helps produce healthier milk.

“Organizational Priorities to Securing Financing” | 5:40 – 6:40 PM

What do businesses need to have in order before securing financing? This session highlights how to develop and present necessary financial projections and a business plan to potential funders. Led by Thomas Quinlan of Harbor One Bank.

“Building a Data Driven Culture” | 6:00 – 6:50 PM

Even small companies can use data analytics to drive decision-making. In this talk, we’ll discuss how to take the first step on your data journey. We’ll focus particularly on the unique challenges that small businesses and solo entrepreneurs face, and how to build a data strategy that delivers results, even when budget and resources are limited. Led by Rob Ulmschneider, Director of Business Intelligence at Trilix.

“Is eCommerce Right For You?” | 6:40 – 7:30 PM

Is your product suitable to advertise on eCommerce platforms such as Facebook or Instagram? Jess Bachman and Rachyl Jackson of Nail.social lead a workshop differentiating strategies between organic and paid social media advertising, helping one identify which channels and content are appropriate for one’s marketing needs.

Beat the line! If this is your first time attending a Venture Café Providence event, you will need to create a Venture Café account. The best option is to create this account BEFORE you arrive to save precious time for making connections, hearing great talks, taking pictures, posting ideas, and noshing on some local eats.

Pre-registration link

Mar
12
Thu
Venture Café: Bringing Your Concept to Market, Pop Ups, Presentation Skills and more…
Mar 12 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Each week we bring together a diverse community including entrepreneurs, industry leaders, small businesses, and researchers to share new ideas, learn from one another, and launch new ventures.

RSVP!

Open Office Hours | 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Connecting emerging entrepreneurs and startups with industry and sector experts for 30 minutes of free advising. This week features experts in marketing, events, product development, project management, & life sciences.

5:00 – 6:00 PM :: David Hirschman – Providence-based entrepreneur with a deep knowledge of media, local marketing & tech, and events
5:00 – 6:00 PM :: Jonathan Muniz – Digital product development and product management

5:00 – 6:00 PM :: Jessica Kerrigan – From strategic planning to content creation, helping turn your business vision and goals into powerful marketing

5:00 – 6:00 PM :: Jay Round – MBA and bioengineer providing technical and financial guidance to entrepreneurs focused on life sciences in the RI ecosystem.

Open Mic | 5:30 PM

Each month, we hand the mic over to a few emerging entrepreneurs, giving them 60 seconds to pitch their concept and the resources they are seeking from the community to enhance their product offering. Sign up today: venturecafeprovidence.org/getinvolved

Five Steps to Taking Your Concept to Market | 5:40 – 6:30 PM

Do you have a product that is currently in development and in need of feedback?Join a roundtable where people can present their latest products, technologies and inventions an effort to enhance its design and commercial viability.

“Concept Validation Through Pop Ups” | 6:00 – 6:50 PM

Pop Ups are more than just a trend. They can be a winning strategy that can provide customer validation, increased brand awareness, and a pathway for growth. In this Community Talk, we’ll discuss how Pop Ups have evolved as a retail phenomena and where they are headed.

“From Impression to Close: Mastering Presentation Skills” | 6:40 – 7:30 PM

Be Heard! Learn how to hone your IMAGE through communication and presentation. Join Margie O’Brien to discover the importance of crafting your message, delivering it with confidence and leaving your audience remembering every word.

Beat the line! If this is your first time attending a Venture Café Providence event, you will need to create a Venture Café account. The best option is to create this account BEFORE you arrive to save precious time for making connections, hearing great talks, taking pictures, posting ideas, and noshing on some local eats.

Pre-registration link

Mar
19
Thu
Point 225 Building Tour
Mar 19 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join us for a tour of District Hall and CIC Providence before Venture Café’s Hack Education Connect Night! RSVP: https://districthallprovidence.org/openhouse/

Mar
25
Wed
Working With Pride: LGBTQIA+ Job Fair
Mar 25 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Mar
26
Thu
Venture Café: Negotiations for Women, Cap Tables, Office Hours, and More.. @ District Hall Providence
Mar 26 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Each week we bring together a diverse community including entrepreneurs, industry leaders, small businesses, and researchers to share new ideas, learn from one another, and launch new ventures.

Open Office Hours | 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Connecting emerging entrepreneurs and startups with industry and sector experts for 30 minutes of free advising. This week features experts in product development, finance, leadership, and marketing strategy.

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM :: Daniel Gertrudes – Entrepreneur with expertise in finance & business development.

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM :: Scott Asadorian – Leadership, marketing, culture, and strategy.

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM :: Roni Kabessa – Entrepreneur with 25 years experience in retail product development, design, brand development, logistics, processes, and systems.

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM :: Rosa Power – Creative thinker, passionate about branding to help startups implement unique strategies for growth.

Women in Entrepreneurship: Negotiations | 5:40 – 6:30 PM

Cap Tables: What Are They and How Do They Work? | 5:40 – 6:30 PM

Beat the line! If this is your first time attending a Venture Café Providence event, you will need to create a Venture Café account. The best option is to create this account BEFORE you arrive to save precious time for making connections, hearing great talks, taking pictures, posting ideas, and noshing on some local eats.

Pre-registration link

Apr
2
Thu
Venture Café: Vision Boards, Creating Great Products, Office Hours, and more…
Apr 2 @ 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Each week we bring together a diverse community including entrepreneurs, industry leaders, small businesses, and researchers to share new ideas, learn from one another, and launch new ventures.

Open Office Hours | 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Connecting emerging entrepreneurs and startups with industry and sector experts for 30 minutes of free advising. This week features experts in finance, law, cybersecurity, and marketing strategy.

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM :: Jess Bachman – Brand Strategy & Marketing

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM :: Ryan Juliano – Lawyer with expertise supporting entrepreneurs and startup organizations

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM :: Matthew Leathers – Consultant with expertise in Cybersecurity and operations

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM :: Tuni Schartner – Marketing, Strategy, Organizational Growth

Small Business Spotlight: Flat Waves | 5:00 – 7:30 PM

Flat Waves, a restaurant inspired by Hawaiian surf shacks, recently began producing their “Almost Famous” sauces for retail. They’ll be sharing samples of their delicious Sweet Chili, Teriyaki, and BBQ sauces.

“Creating a Vision Board for Your Goals” | 5:40 – 6:40 PM

Margo Crawford of Wave Productivity guides you through a process to create a vision board for your goals and learn ways you can take action on the vision you have created.

“An Insider’s Guide to Creating Great Products” | 6:00 – 6:50 PM

Join Goddard and BCA for a discussion on the tips and tricks behind building great products and managing technical teams. The panelists will share their best practices for program management and product development. These lessons are applicable to both startups and strategics.

Beat the line! If this is your first time attending a Venture Café Providence event, you will need to create a Venture Café account. The best option is to create this account BEFORE you arrive to save precious time for making connections, hearing great talks, taking pictures, posting ideas, and noshing on some local eats.

Pre-registration link

Apr
4
Sat
Latoya Watts Book Release
Apr 4 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm