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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.

May
13
Thu
MedTech Innovation
May 13 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
MedTech is a rapidly growing and evolving industry in Rhode Island driving economic growth and advancing scientific knowledge.
 

About this Event

Welcome to Venture Café Providence Thursday Gathering

Event Description

Join us every month as we explore innovations in MedTech and related fields with the MedTech Innovation Forum and learn the skills, resources and tools needed to bring a new MedTech Innovation to market. This monthly program is in partnership with Ximedica and the New England Medical Innovation Forum.

 

To review pasts MedTech Innovation sessions, check out our YouTube playlist.

10:30 AM | MedTech Talk

11:15-11:30 AM | Demo: Medi + Thanks

UX Designer Alissa Marr will demonstrate Medi + Thanks. After winning the General Assembly’s first Hackathon in December 2020, Alissa and her team launched Medi+Thanks 2.0 as a centralized place for all of us to thank our hardworking healthcare heroes. 

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

Intro

Description: Join us for an informal conversation, led by Tuni Schartner, Executive Director of Venture Café Providence and Rhode Island’s economic gardener on innovation. Every week Tuni 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.

Speakers: Tuni Schartner

12:00-1:00 PM | MedTech Innovation Forum

Description:

A collective enterprise to share, disseminate and discuss new technologies, gadgets, and innovations that have recently come into the public domain!

 

This VIRTUAL monthly technology forum showcases the newest medical innovations spanning from digital & connected products, diagnostics, pharma & drug delivery, robotics, materials, sensors, to inventions you never thought you could imagine. Brought to you by NEMIC, and Ximedica.

Speakers: Jessica Pichs

Thanks To Our Sponsors

NEMIC, and Ximedica

 

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 

NEMIC MedTech Talk: Launching Digital Health Products – An Insider’s Scoop with Teva Pharmaceuticals
May 13 @ 10:30 am – 11:15 am
NEMIC MedTech Talk: Launching Digital Health Products – An Insider’s Scoop with Teva Pharmaceuticals

About this Event

Welcome to Venture Café Providence Thursday Gathering

Event Description:

Learn how Teva Pharmaceuticals designed their Digihaler app and dashboard using patient insights and data visualization best practices to launch their new digital health product. The presentation will be led by Teva’s UX (User Experience) Team Leads including…

Margaux Boyaval: UX Creative Director, Digital Products

Xinyu Liu: Digital Product Design Lead

Jenna-Leigh Meola: Digital Product Design Lead

 

MedTech Talks are in partnership with the New England Medical Innovation Center (NEMIC). NEMIC is a non-profit MedTech Venture Studio located in downtown Providence, Rhode Island. They support local, regional, and global MedTech and digital health startups successfully develop, fundraise, and commercialize through programming, advisory services, education, events, networking, and more. NEMIC’s individualized services, expertise in working with the FDA, and investment network help our clients prepare for successful fundraising and technology commercialization in the field of healthcare, digital devices, and medical products.

 

Thanks To Our Sponsors

NEMIC, and Ximedica

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 Funding: Life Sciences Innovation
May 13 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Live from District Hall Providence
 

About this event

Welcome to Venture Café Providence Thursday Gathering

Join us Thursday, May 13 for a preview of our live, in-person series, “The Future of…” as we kick off our new in-person model from 4:00-6:00. We’ll open the Venture Café bar with COVID restrictions in place at 4:00 for networking. The conversation circle will begin at 5:00. This event is limited to 25 people so register quickly as we anticipate it will sell out!

 

As an important and growing industry sector in Rhode Island, innovations in life sciences are increasingly attracting funding and capital. Join us and hear more from Jay Round, Entrepreneur in Residence at RI Bio

 

Join us from 4:15-4:45pm for live music by Abigail Constantino.

 

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
20
Thu
Innovation is For Everyone: Community and Social Equity
May 20 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
Join us on May 20 for a new installment of our series Innovation is for Everyone!

About this Event

Welcome to Venture Café Providence Thursday Gathering

10:30- 11:15 AM |Alternative Sources of Capital

The JOBS Act of 2012 created new ways for entrepreneurs and small business owners to raise the capital they need to fuel their businesses from the community. In fact, the SEC recently enhanced these programs just this past March! Learn how investment crowdfunding can serve as an innovative way to raise money for your startup or existing business. Learn the basics of these programs at this event!

John Panaccione, Managing Partner, Folla Capital

11:15- 11:30 AM | Startup Story: 25 Bough

Join us for a Startup Story featuring Lanre Ajakaiye of 25 Bough. 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.

 

25 Bough, a vacant building in the Olneyville section of Providence, Rhode Island, is being redeveloped from a blighted property to an in-demand public space enjoyed by and empowering the community with revenue generating uses compatible to current and future needs. The vision for the property includes: a multi-purpose function hall; youth and women’s empowerment programming; an athletic skills area; and an interactive heritage and cultural experience. This is the first project in New England to be approved by the FCC under Regulation CF.

​ Lanre Ajakaiye, Community Developer, Social Entrepreneur & Brand Architect 25 Bough

11:30 AM – 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.

Tuni Schartner, Executive Director Venture Café Providence

 

12:00 – 1:00 PM Amplifying the Existing Community to Build a Better Neighborhood

Join us as we celebrate and explore how local developers and community development corporations are building stronger neighborhoods by working with the local community and supporting social equity, education, belonging, and self-determination. This conversation will be powered by Candace Harper, Deputy Director of West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation; Carla Destefano, Executive Director of SWAP; Kate Bramson, Director of Policy, Fundraising, and Communications of ONE Neighborhood Builders; and moderated by Stephanie Zurek of Union Studio Architects.

 

Moderator: Stephanie Zurek, Associate at Union Studio

Candace Harper, Deputy Director, West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation

Carla Destefano, Executive Director, SWAP

Kate Bramson, Director of Policy, Fundraising, and Communications ONE Neighborhood Builders

 

 

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

Workshop: Alternative Sources of Capital
May 20 @ 10:30 am – 11:15 am
The JOBS Act of 2012 created new ways for entrepreneurs and small business owners to raise the capital they need to fuel their businesses.

 

About this Event

Welcome to Venture Café Providence Thursday Gathering

The JOBS Act of 2012 created new ways for entrepreneurs and small business owners to raise the capital they need to fuel their businesses from the community. In fact, the SEC recently enhanced these programs just this past March! Learn how investment crowdfunding can serve as an innovative way to raise money for your startup or existing business. Learn the basics of these programs at this event!

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!

The Future of…Fun on the Waterfront
May 20 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Live from District Hall Providence

About this event

Welcome to Venture Café Providence Thursday Gathering

Join us Thursday, May 20 for our live, in-person series, “The Future of…” as we kick off this special friends and family event from 4:00-6:00. We’ll open the Venture Café bar with COVID restrictions in place at 4:00 for networking. The conversation circle will begin at 5:00. This event is limited to 25 people so register quickly as we anticipate it will sell out!

 

This week’s conversation will feature Ben Sorkin of Flux Marine and Evan Ridley of RIMTA

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
27
Thu
Workshop:15 PR Tips for Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners
May 27 @ 10:30 am – 11:15 am
15 PR Tips for Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners: How to Communicate Your Story in a Cluttered Digital Landscape

About this Event

Welcome to Venture Café Providence Thursday Gathering

10:30 – 11:15 AM |15 PR Tips for Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners: How to Communicate Your Story in a Cluttered Digital Landscape

 

Media moves at a frenetic pace, but getting noticed in today’s climate does not have to be a challenge. This workshop, led by Andrea McHugh, will give you an insider’s insight on how to work with the media to tell your story, build your brand and draw in your target audience. These 15 dos and don’ts will help you understand what is to be media-friendly, connect with your target audience and elevate your message.

 

Following this workshop, stay tuned for the rest of our weekly Thursday Gathering!

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

Jun
8
Tue
[VIRTUAL SERIES EVENT] Little States, Big Innovation: Israel x Rhode Island
Jun 8 @ 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.