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The Public Lounge at District Hall Providence is open to the public weekdays from 9:00am – 5:00pm as a free, drop-in workspace. Follow us online at #pvdloungehours for updates if it’s closed for a private event or holiday. Questions? Email info@districthallprovidence.org.

Nov
13
Wed
Women’s Health + Entrepreneurship Series by New England Medical Innovation Center
Nov 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Nov
14
Thu
Café Night: Outsourcing Technology, Self Care, Open Mic, Office Hours
Nov 14 @ 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 (Café Lounge)

Connecting emerging entrepreneurs and startups with industry and sector experts for 30 minutes of free advising. Below are this week’s advisors:
David Hirschman – Providence-based entrepreneur with a deep knowledge of media, local marketing & tech, and events
Jessica Kerrigan – From strategic planning to content creation, helping turn your business vision and goals into powerful marketing
Jonathan Muniz – Digital product development and product management

Open Mic | 5:30 PM (Café Lounge)

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

“Self Care: Food, Thought, Time” | 5:45 – 6:30 PM (Sachuest)

Challenge your current approach to self-care habits. Rather than seeing the “self-care shoulds” as nuisances or obstacles to your otherwise productive day, learn simple, implementable strategies to leverage them for greater wellbeing and sustained professional growth. Led by Katie McDonald. @Bnourished

“Disrupt: The Game of Business Model Innovation ” | 5:45 – 6:30 PM

Engage, play, and derive new innovations as Josh Daly of Small Business Development Corporation leads a demonstration of the new game “Disrupt.”

“The Promise and Pitfalls of Outsourcing Technology Development” | 6:40 – 7:30 PM (Assembly)

If technology is your secret sauce, can it really be entrusted to a third-party? Offshore development holds great promise, but there are horror stories as well. Hear from Dave Durfee, founder of Bay Computer and adjunct professor at Brown University, and Aidan Petrie, founding partner of NEMIC (New England Medical Innovation Center) and co-founder of Ximedica, as they offer a primer based on decades of experience. Moderated by Thorne Sparkman, Managing Director of the Slater Fund.

RSVP!

Nov
19
Tue
Empower Yourself! Solar Information Workshop by NEC Solar
Nov 19 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
RI Patient & Family IBD Education Program
Nov 19 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation is a non-profit organization and hosts this event for patients and their families to educate them about IBD and provide them with resources and support.

Nov
21
Thu
Café Night: Microbiome Innovation, Speech Training, Resource Tables, Office Hours, and more
Nov 21 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Café Night: Microbiome Innovation, Speech Training, Resource Tables, Office Hours, and more

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. Below are this week’s advisors:

Erica Guatieri – CPA providing finance, tax consulting, compliance and planning expertise
Seth Milman – Experienced intellectual property attorney helping businesses develop, monetize, and assert their IP
James Kwon – Storyteller & Business Strategist, growth-hacking companies to realize their full potential

Resource Tables | 5:00 – 7:30 PM

“What can public speakers learn from stage performers?” | 5:40 – 6:30 PM

In this interactive workshop we’ll polish your delivery skills to help you look and stay cool under pressure – even when you’re not, use your voice to keep your audience tuned in and turned on, and clarify intention to create influence and build trust. Led by Kara Lund. @SpeechRev

“Emerging Therapeutic Innovations Utilizing the Microbiome” | 6:40 – 7:30 PM

Jay Round, Entrepreneur in Residence at RI Bio, leads a discussion on how scientists are utilizing innovative therapies in the microbiome. Featuring presentations from emerging researchers including Ken Blount (Rebiotix) and Len Buckbinder (Kintai Thx).

RSVP!

Nov
28
Thu
DH Public Lounge Closed: Thanksgiving
Nov 28 all-day

The Public Lounge is closed. We will resume regular business hours 9am-5pm on Monday, December 2.

Nov
29
Fri
DH Public Lounge Closed: Thanksgiving
Nov 29 all-day

The Public Lounge is closed. We will resume regular business hours 9am-5pm on Monday, December 2.

Dec
4
Wed
Rhode Island Business Competition Elevator Pitch Contest
Dec 4 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Join established and aspiring entrepreneurs at the annual Rhode Island Elevator Pitch Contest and earn a chance to win cash prizes. A total of $1,000 will be awarded to top presenters.

Presenters will describe their business ideas in 90 seconds to a panel of expert judges and get immediate feedback. This is a great opportunity to practice your pitch in front of a live audience and receive constructive advice from people who have built successful businesses. 

Here’s what an effective pitch should cover:

  • The problem you are trying to solve
  • Your proposed solution
  • How your idea will make money
  • Why you are qualified to implement the solution

DOWNLOAD THIS APPLICATION TO MAKE A PITCH and submit it by 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 29, 2019.

Not pitching, but want to watch and learn? You’re invited! Free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. (If you apply to make a pitch, you are automatically registered to attend.) REGISTER NOW. Participating in the Elevator Pitch Contest is independent of applying to the Rhode Island Business Competition.

Dec
5
Thu
Café Night: Textile Innovation, IP for Beginners, Small Business Spotlight, and more
Dec 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.

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 cybersecurity, operations, law, finance, and product strategy. 

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM :: Matthew Leathers – Consultant with expertise in cybersecurity and operations
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM :: Sarajane McMahon – Startup, corporate, transactional & IP law
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Arthur Petropoulos – Financial Services, M&A, Organizational Growth
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Odessa Cozzolino – Product strategy, revenue generation, & operations

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

Graham Gilmore of Culture Tree will be on hand to sample his new line of kombucha, made with organic honey, fruits, and herbs.

NE I-Corps Info Session | 5:00 – 5:50 PM

The NE I-Corps @ RI program is an initiative by the National Science Foundation to help move innovations to market. During this information session, learn how to leverage this free, 3-week interactive program from NE I-Corps @ MIT, URI and VMS of RI to help researchers and engineers learn the skills necessary to engage in informed product development and explore the potential applications of their new technologies.

“IP for Beginners” | 6:00 PM – 6:50 PM

Patent agent Scott Keeley teaches the basics of protecting intellectual property in the U.S. and the world, discussing certain concerns such as: How do I determine whether my product, app, or method can be protected by a patent? Do I need a patent or just “freedom to operate?” Where do I start? Is it worth my time (and money)? How much will it cost?

“The Future of Textile Innovation” | 6:40 PM – 7:30 PM

Michael McKeldon Woody (Trans-Tex) moderates a panel discussion with Brooks Hagan (RISD), Anjali Khemani (Propel), and Kunal Mankodiya (URI) on the future of textile science and technology, and how it’s changing medical, industrial and apparel sectors. Presented by the Rhode Island Textile Innovation Network and Polaris MEP.

Dec
9
Mon
Holiday Schedule: Limited Lounge Space
Dec 9 – Dec 13 all-day