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by Avi Mallinger
October 11, 2019
When:
December 5, 2019 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
2019-12-05T17:00:00-05:00
2019-12-05T20:00:00-05:00

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.

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