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

We have strategized on how we can safely offer collaborative workspaces in our public lounge and meeting rooms moving forward, and we’re excited to announce that we are finally OPEN. So, what does this mean? Click here to learn more.

Questions? Email info@districthallprovidence.org.

Apr
13
Tue
[VIRTUAL SERIES EVENT] Little States, Big Innovation: Israel x Rhode Island
Apr 13 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

 

Click HERE to learn more and RSVP!

A monthly series organized by the Rhode Island-Israel Collaborative (RIIC), District Hall, RIHUB!

About this Event

Please join RIIC, District Hall Providence, and RIHub each month as we bring you the best Israel has to offer to Rhode Island’s innovation community. Each month we’ll be introducing you to some of Israel’s most exciting entrepreneurs who are looking to expand to the US and collaborate in business, academia and research in Rhode Island. Don’t miss the opportunity to join our interactive sessions and connect with the ‘Startup Nation’s Best and Brightest’.

 

This month, we will be joined by: Roy Tal , Founder & CEO at SOLO; Gilad Mor-Hayim, CEO at Go Consumer; and Or Bar-Tal, CTO at Go Consumer.

A link to the virtual event will be shared in the confirmation email.

QUESTIONS? Email our team at info@districthallprovidence.org

This event series is in partnership with the RIIC and RIHub:

RIIC: The Purpose of The Rhode Island-Israel Collaborative (RIIC) is the Promotion of Commerce, Academics and Science. The collaborative is a not-for-profit organization that fosters and strengthens trade, business, academic exchange and research between Rhode Island and Israel to benefit the economy and community of each location. The Rhode Island-Israel Collaborative (RIIC) does so by building and strengthening the relationships between government organizations, businesses, entrepreneurs, investors, members of academia and the research community in Rhode Island and Israel.

RIHub is Rhode Island’s first Innovation Campus. Started in 2019 under Governor Gina Raimondo, we enable and accelerate entrepreneurial ventures that have a potential to become high impact businesses. We help turn ideas into startups and startups in to scalable growth companies. We work to build an engine of growth for Rhode Island by connecting Entrepreneurs, inventors, students, investors and corporate leaders. We offer the community three global accelerators: MassChallenge, IBM Alpha Zone and CoWrks Foundry. In addition, we provide mentoring services via MIT developed Venture Mentoring Services. RIHub provides incubation space, an online community portal as well as numerous programs to enable growth for entrepreneurs such as Customer Discovery and Entrepreneur’s Journey Map. We provide curated startup introductions to investors and corporate innovation teams to help our startups find a pathway to growth and success.


This event series is in partnership with the RIIC and RIHub:

RIIC: The Purpose of The Rhode Island-Israel Collaborative (RIIC) is the Promotion of Commerce, Academics and Science. The collaborative is a not-for-profit organization that fosters and strengthens trade, business, academic exchange and research between Rhode Island and Israel to benefit the economy and community of each location. The Rhode Island-Israel Collaborative (RIIC) does so by building and strengthening the relationships between government organizations, businesses, entrepreneurs, investors, members of academia and the research community in Rhode Island and Israel.

RIHub is Rhode Island’s first Innovation Campus. Started in 2019 under Governor Gina Raimondo, we enable and accelerate entrepreneurial ventures that have a potential to become high impact businesses. We help turn ideas into startups and startups in to scalable growth companies. We work to build an engine of growth for Rhode Island by connecting Entrepreneurs, inventors, students, investors and corporate leaders. We offer the community three global accelerators: MassChallenge, IBM Alpha Zone and CoWrks Foundry. In addition, we provide mentoring services via MIT developed Venture Mentoring Services. RIHub provides incubation space, an online community portal as well as numerous programs to enable growth for entrepreneurs such as Customer Discovery and Entrepreneur’s Journey Map. We provide curated startup introductions to investors and corporate innovation teams to help our startups find a pathway to growth and success.

Apr
15
Thu
Getting More Comfortable With Selling
Apr 15 @ 10:30 am – 11:15 am
Thursday Gathering Workshop featuring Marc Kitz!

About this Event

Welcome to Venture Café Providence Thursday Gathering

Event Agenda:

10:30-11:15 Getting More Comfortable with Selling

You are probably closer to getting comfortable with selling than you think! In this workshop, Marc Kitz, a sales expert with 37 years of experience selling technology services, will help you become more comfortable and confident with selling by leveraging your everyday activities including preparing for meetings and asking questions. This workshop is for everyone nervous about selling and especially new entrepreneurs who know their product or service but could use some support in selling their brand.

Marc Kitz, Sales Coach, Marc Kitz – Sales Coach. Blogger

Hosted By Venture Café Providence

District Hall Providence is activated by Innovation Studio. We are a public home for innovators and entrepreneurs, bringing people together to collaborate through programs, spaces, and other resources. We offer a free public workspace where entrepreneurs can collaborate and work. In addition, we rent out event and meeting space.

Innovation Is For Everyone Fund

Our mission is to make Innovation a possibility for everyone by providing free, open, and inclusive programming. By investing in Innovation is for Everyone, you are investing in the future. Your support enables Innovation Studio to offer free mentoring, programs, training, resources, and space to entrepreneurs and innovation within our communities.

Support our mission by contributing to “Innovation is for Everyone” HERE

**Since Innovation Studio is a 501c3 non-profit organization, your gift is deductible to the extent allowed by the law.

Host Your Hybrid or Virtual Event With Us!

Our team of experts are ready to help! Get FREE Consultation!

Register Here

Check-in Here

 

Small Business Support: Sales and Marketing
Apr 15 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
Join us for the next installment of our quarterly series, Small Business Support with Newport Interactive Marketing.

About this Event

Welcome to Venture Café Providence Thursday Gathering

Join us for the next installment of our quarterly series, Small Business Support with Newport Interactive Marketing. This week we’ll be looking at sales during our Thursday Gathering workshop from 10:30-11:15 and hosting two fantastic flashtalks in partnership with Newport Interactive Marketing on SEO and email marketing.

10:30-11:15 | Getting More Comfortable with Selling

You are probably closer to getting comfortable with selling than you think! In this workshop, Marc Kitz, a sales expert with 37 years of experience selling technology services, will help you become more comfortable and confident with selling by leveraging your everyday activities including preparing for meetings and asking questions. This workshop is for everyone nervous about selling and especially new entrepreneurs who know their product or service but could use some support in selling their brand.

Marc Kitz, Sales Coach

 

11:15 – 11:30 AM | Startup Story: Pop Up Rhody

Join us for a Startup Story featuring Jo Lee of Pop Up Rhody. Startup stories showcase local innovators, startups and small businesses with their own session dedicated to sharing what they’ve learned with the Venture Café Community.

 

PopUp Rhody is an online marketplace for RI establishments to post extra space for popups. It’s just like Airbnb but rather than posting rooms for rent, businesses post space for popups, meetings, and more.

 

11:30 – 12:00 PM | Cultivating Innovation: Informal Conversations with RI’s Economic Gardener

Join us for an informal conversation, led by Tuni Schartner, Executive Director of District Hall & Venture Café Providence and RI’s Economic Gardener. Every week Tuni leads a virtual conversation with thought leaders from around Rhode Island, touching on a number of topics important for innovators, entrepreneurs, and small businesses in Rhode Island.

 

12:00 – 12:45 PM | THE 2 Steps to Keeping Your Marketing Growing | #NIMLive Flashtalks

There’s a lot you could try to survive the pandemic, but here’s the 2 keys to keeping customers and prospects engaged. In fact, if you’re NOT doing these two, people will assume your brand is another Covid casualty.

#NIMLive has the experts: so bring your questions! RSVP now for Live or OnDemand Access!

 

Flash Talk! Simple Steps to Double Your Google Liability

With the pause on in-person retail browsing, let’s face it: Google Maps has become a habit — even YOUR new HOMEPAGE. Let’s refresh how to optimize your business listing/map entry even more affective, guided by the guru to thousands of successful local businesses: Mark Collins.

 

Updating his #DeepDive #NIMLive talk from a year ago, Mark will share steps to boost your chances of getting found via traditional Google.com search, aka “search listings,” too.

 

Flash Talk! Why Email Still Rules & How to get Yours Opened

The other pandemic survival strategy for small brands you MUST-do and do well is email marketing. While open rates may have dropped, sales via inboxes are up. Learn how you can grow by being relevant and effective.

 

Longtime trainer and tech specialist Ronda Sciolto from Help Me Ronda.Tech sets her sights on your 2021 email marketing success.

 

Speakers:

Suzanne McDonald, CEO Angles & Insights

Mark Collins, Owner On Web Local

Ronda Sciolto, Founder, Help Me Ronda

 

Thanks To Our Partner

Newport Interactive Marketing

Hosted By Venture Café Providence

District Hall Providence is activated by Innovation Studio. We are a public home for innovators and entrepreneurs, bringing people together to collaborate through programs, spaces, and other resources. We offer a free public workspace where entrepreneurs can collaborate and work. In addition, we rent out event and meeting space.

Innovation Is For Everyone Fund

Our mission is to make Innovation a possibility for everyone by providing free, open, and inclusive programming. By investing in Innovation is for Everyone, you are investing in the future. Your support enables Innovation Studio to offer free mentoring, programs, training, resources, and space to entrepreneurs and innovation within our communities.

Support our mission by contributing to “Innovation is for Everyone” HERE

**Since Innovation Studio is a 501c3 non-profit organization, your gift is deductible to the extent allowed by the law.

Host Your Hybrid or Virtual Event With Us!

Our team of experts are ready to help! Get FREE Consultation!

Register Here 

Check-in Here 

The Future of the Innovation & Design District
Apr 15 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Join us on April 15 as we kick off our new “The Future of…” hybrid series, an extension of our Thursday Gathering programming!
 

About this Event

Welcome to Venture Café Providence Thursday Gathering

We’re sharing a special conversation Rebecca Webber, General Manager of CIC Providence, will lead this conversation on the Future of the Innovation District with Caroline Skuncik, Executive Director of the I-195 Redevelopment District; and Bonnie Nickerson, Director of the City of Providence Department of Planning and Development. Bring your questions, comments and suggestions for the future of our city.

Hosted By Venture Café Providence

District Hall Providence is activated by Innovation Studio. We are a public home for innovators and entrepreneurs, bringing people together to collaborate through programs, spaces, and other resources. We offer a free public workspace where entrepreneurs can collaborate and work. In addition, we rent out event and meeting space.

Innovation Is For Everyone Fund

Our mission is to make Innovation a possibility for everyone by providing free, open, and inclusive programming. By investing in Innovation is for Everyone, you are investing in the future. Your support enables Innovation Studio to offer free mentoring, programs, training, resources, and space to entrepreneurs and innovation within our communities.

Support our mission by contributing to “Innovation is for Everyone” HERE

**Since Innovation Studio is a 501c3 non-profit organization, your gift is deductible to the extent allowed by the law.

Host Your Hybrid or Virtual Event With Us!

Our team of experts are ready to help! Get FREE Consultation!

Register Here

Check-in Here

Apr
22
Thu
Even Entrepreneurs Retire: Retirement Savings Options for Solopreneurs and Small Businesses Owners
Apr 22 @ 10:30 am – 11:15 am
Even Entrepreneurs Retire: Retirement Savings Options for Solopreneurs and Small Businesses Owners presented

About this Event

Welcome to Venture Café Providence Thursday Gathering

Event Description:

Even when you are pursuing your passion and running a business, it’s important to have a plan for when you stop working. Join Jennifer Sahady, fellow entrepreneur and retirement expert, to help you navigate your options for retirement savings. Bring your questions and your stories to share.

This event will lead up to our featured Thursday Gathering programming!

Hosted By Venture Café Providence

District Hall Providence is activated by Innovation Studio. We are a public home for innovators and entrepreneurs, bringing people together to collaborate through programs, spaces, and other resources. We offer a free public workspace where entrepreneurs can collaborate and work. In addition, we rent out event and meeting space.

Innovation Is For Everyone Fund

Our mission is to make Innovation a possibility for everyone by providing free, open, and inclusive programming. By investing in Innovation is for Everyone, you are investing in the future. Your support enables Innovation Studio to offer free mentoring, programs, training, resources, and space to entrepreneurs and innovation within our communities.

Support our mission by contributing to “Innovation is for Everyone” HERE

**Since Innovation Studio is a 501c3 non-profit organization, your gift is deductible to the extent allowed by the law.

Host Your Hybrid or Virtual Event With Us!

Our team of experts are ready to help! Get FREE Consultation!

Register Here

Check-in Here

 

Future Skills: Educating the Workforce of Tomorrow
Apr 22 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm

Welcome to Venture Café Providence Thursday Gathering

Rethink how you envision the talent pipeline for your company and industry. Today’s students are digital natives, adept at technology, and being educated for jobs that do not exist. Learn how to train and educate tomorrow’s workforce today with the Skills for RI program and new technologies emerging with Winners Circle XR. We are all on #TeamRI so let’s set up the workforce of tomorrow for success together!

10:30 -11:15 AM | Even Entrepreneurs Retire: Retirement Savings Options for Solopreneurs and Small Businesses Owners

Even when you are pursuing your passion and running a business, it’s important to have a plan for when you stop working. Join Jennifer Sahady, fellow entrepreneur and retirement expert, to help you navigate your options for retirement savings. Bring your questions and your stories to share. Learn more here!

11:15-11:30 AM | Startup Story: Winners Circle XR

Join us for a Startup Story featuring Juan Rodriguez of Winners Circle XR. Startup stories showcase local innovators, startups and small businesses with their own session dedicated to sharing what they’ve learned with the Venture Café Community.

Winners Circle XR provides unique educational experiences in Virtual and Augmented Reality with pre-built solutions that are tailored to suit all students and educators.

11:30 – 12:00 PM | Cultivating Innovation: Informal Conversations with RI’s Economic Gardener

Join us for an informal conversation, led by Tuni Schartner, Executive Director of District Hall & Venture Café Providence and RI’s Economic Gardener. Every week Tuni leads a virtual conversation with thought leaders from around Rhode Island, touching on a number of topics important for innovators, entrepreneurs, and small businesses in Rhode Island.

Tuni Schartner, Executive Director Venture Cafe Providence

 

12:00 – 12:45 PM | TBD

 

Thanks To Our Partner

Skills for Rhode Island’s Future

Hosted By Venture Café Providence

District Hall Providence is activated by Innovation Studio. We are a public home for innovators and entrepreneurs, bringing people together to collaborate through programs, spaces, and other resources. We offer a free public workspace where entrepreneurs can collaborate and work. In addition, we rent out event and meeting space.

Innovation Is For Everyone Fund

Our mission is to make Innovation a possibility for everyone by providing free, open, and inclusive programming. By investing in Innovation is for Everyone, you are investing in the future. Your support enables Innovation Studio to offer free mentoring, programs, training, resources, and space to entrepreneurs and innovation within our communities.

Support our mission by contributing to “Innovation is for Everyone” HERE

**Since Innovation Studio is a 501c3 non-profit organization, your gift is deductible to the extent allowed by the law.

Host Your Hybrid or Virtual Event With Us!

Our team of experts are ready to help! Get FREE Consultation!

Register Here

Check-in Here

 

Apr
27
Tue
Offshore Renewable Energy: Learning As We Go
Apr 27 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Offshore Renewable Energy and Working Waterfronts: The Roles of Research Platforms and Community Engagement

About this Event

Welcome to District Hall Providence

SERIES Offshore Renewable Energy : Learning As We Go

Offshore Renewable Energy and Working Waterfronts: The Roles of Research Platforms and Community Engagement

As our nation looks to grow its production of renewable energy, offshore options such as wind, tidal and wave will become increasingly important. What will this mean for working waterfronts in terms of creating new jobs, revitalizing harbors, increasing demand for waterfront space, and displacing traditional working waterfront uses?  In addition, what is the role of research platforms in advancing these ocean technologies while honoring and minimizing the impact of existing resource users and the natural environment?  Panelists, representing PacWave from Oregon (wave energy) and Aqua Ventus from Maine (floating wind), and the Redwood Coast Energy Authority from Humboldt County, California, will explore these questions as well as share some of the economic and community successes, challenges and lessons learned.

 Offshore Renewable Energy: Learning as We Go image

Rhode Island Seat Grant College Program is one of 34 programs in the National Sea Grant College Program working to enhance environmental stewardship and long-term economic development and responsible use of coastal and marine resources. Located at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography, Rhode Island Sea Grant supports research, outreach, and education programs designed to foster the resiliency of local and regional communities and marine environments.

URI Graduate School of Oceanography Coastal Resources Center (CRC) helps communities become more effective stewards of their coastal and marine resources. CRC partners with stakeholders to apply science and find solutions to societal issues. Working with communities, other universities, industry, and government, we respond to issues that matter and build the capabilities of our collaborators and ourselves. We are fortunate to have excellent partners.

District Hall Providence is activated by Innovation Studio.

We are a public home for innovators and entrepreneurs, bringing people together to collaborate through programs, spaces, and other resources. We offer a free public work space where entrepreneurs can collaborate and work. In addition, we rent out event and meeting space.

Innovation Is For Everyone Fund

Our mission is to make Innovation a possibility for everyone by providing free, open, and inclusive programming. By investing in Innovation is for Everyone, you are investing in the future. Your support enables Innovation Studio to offer free mentoring, programs, training, resources, and space to entrepreneurs and innovation within our communities.

Support our mission by contributing to “Innovation is for Everyone” HERE

**Since Innovation Studio is a 501c3 non-profit organization, your gift is deductible to the extent allowed by the law.

Host Your Hybrid or Virtual Event With Us!

Our team of experts are ready to help! Get FREE Consultation!

Register Here 

 

Apr
29
Thu
Startup Radar
Apr 29 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
Join us, Thursday April 29, as we partner with RI Hub to explore where these companies are coming from and how they’re innovating.
 

About this Event

Welcome to Venture Café Providence Thursday Gathering

Tomorrow’s hot new companies are growing today! We’ll make sure you know who to watch now. Join us, Thursday April 29, as we partner with RI Hub to explore where these companies are coming from and how they’re innovating. Technology is reshaping how we all live, work, play, and think about our future!

11:30 – 12:00 PM | Cultivating Innovation: Informal Conversations with RI’s Economic Gardener

Join us for an informal conversation, led by Tuni Schartner, Executive Director of District Hall & Venture Café Providence and RI’s Economic Gardener. Every week Tuni Schartner will lead the conversation with thought leaders from around Rhode Island touching on a number of topics important for innovators, entrepreneurs, and small businesses in Rhode Island

 

12:00 – 12:45 PM Startup Radar: Q1 2021 Roundup

12:45-1:15 PM Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Information Session

Join us after the Café for an information session on how and why to apply for Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program.

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is an investment to help small businesses grow and create jobs by providing them with greater access to education, capital, and business support services.

Elizabeth Russo, Outreach and Alumni Director Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program Rhode Island

 

 

Thanks to our Partner

RIHub

Hosted By Venture Café Providence

District Hall Providence is activated by Innovation Studio. We are a public home for innovators and entrepreneurs, bringing people together to collaborate through programs, spaces, and other resources. We offer a free public workspace where entrepreneurs can collaborate and work. In addition, we rent out event and meeting space.

Innovation Is For Everyone Fund

Our mission is to make Innovation a possibility for everyone by providing free, open, and inclusive programming. By investing in Innovation is for Everyone, you are investing in the future. Your support enables Innovation Studio to offer free mentoring, programs, training, resources, and space to entrepreneurs and innovation within our communities.

Support our mission by contributing to “Innovation is for Everyone” HERE

**Since Innovation Studio is a 501c3 non-profit organization, your gift is deductible to the extent allowed by the law.

Host Your Hybrid or Virtual Event With Us!

Our team of experts are ready to help! Get FREE Consultation!

Register Here

 

May
6
Thu
Rhode Island Business Competition: Award Ceremony
May 6 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Finalists present to a public audience and the winners are announced. This will be a virtual event held from 5:00 – 7:00 PM.

This event series is hosted by Rhode Island Business Competition (RIBC) and presented by District Hall Providence

Rhode Island Business Competition (RIBC): The Rhode Island Business Competition aims to create and foster growth companies in Rhode Island that will increase local employment. It’s all about helping emerging entrepreneurs achieve their dreams.

District Hall Providence: A platform for Rhode Island’s innovation community, District Hall Providence and its signature programming, Venture Café Thursday Gatherings, are operated by Venture Café New England, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit. Designed to bring people together at every level, District Hall offers free public workspace lounges as well as rentable meeting and event space. Our mission is to educate and connect anyone with an idea to the resources and relationships they need in order to successfully launch and grow businesses.

Register Here

Check-in Here

 

May
11
Tue
[VIRTUAL SERIES EVENT] Little States, Big Innovation: Israel x Rhode Island
May 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Click HERE to learn more and RSVP!

Please join RIIC, District Hall Providence, and RIHub each month as we bring you the best Israel has to offer to Rhode Island’s innovation community. Each month we’ll be introducing you to some of Israel’s most exciting entrepreneurs who are looking to expand to the US and collaborate in business, academia and research in Rhode Island. Don’t miss the opportunity to join our interactive sessions and connect with the ‘Startup Nation’s Best and Brightest’.

***THIS AGENDA IS BEING BUILT AT LIGHTNING SPEED. CHECK BACK OFTEN FOR UPDATES!***


This event series is in partnership with the RIIC and RIHub:

RIIC: The Purpose of The Rhode Island-Israel Collaborative (RIIC) is the Promotion of Commerce, Academics and Science. The collaborative is a not-for-profit organization that fosters and strengthens trade, business, academic exchange and research between Rhode Island and Israel to benefit the economy and community of each location. The Rhode Island-Israel Collaborative (RIIC) does so by building and strengthening the relationships between government organizations, businesses, entrepreneurs, investors, members of academia and the research community in Rhode Island and Israel.

RIHub is Rhode Island’s first Innovation Campus. Started in 2019 under Governor Gina Raimondo, we enable and accelerate entrepreneurial ventures that have a potential to become high impact businesses. We help turn ideas into startups and startups in to scalable growth companies. We work to build an engine of growth for Rhode Island by connecting Entrepreneurs, inventors, students, investors and corporate leaders. We offer the community three global accelerators: MassChallenge, IBM Alpha Zone and CoWrks Foundry. In addition, we provide mentoring services via MIT developed Venture Mentoring Services. RIHub provides incubation space, an online community portal as well as numerous programs to enable growth for entrepreneurs such as Customer Discovery and Entrepreneur’s Journey Map. We provide curated startup introductions to investors and corporate innovation teams to help our startups find a pathway to growth and success.