Venture Cafe Thursday Gathering: Continuing the Conversation


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by Alison Foley
July 16, 2021
July 29, 2021 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
Join us on July 29th for our Thursday Gathering focused on Continuing the Conversation.

About this event

Welcome to Venture Café Providence Thursday Gathering

Event Agenda:

10:30-11:15 AM LEARN: Achieving Growth by Leveraging Strategic Partnerships

In the first segment founder Elaine Dickson shared her personal story and journey from accidental to purposeful founder. In this session she will delve deeply into the multiplier effect accounting and finance can play as a business enabler, both in the context of establishing sound regulatory and compliance systems, as well as being a strategic partner in assessing and defining current and future business needs. Please note: Part 1 is not a prerequisite for this class.


11:15-11:30 AM: STARTUP STORY: Ritual Motion

Join us for a Startup Story featuring Dana “Paul” DiPaolo of Ritual Motion. 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.


The Leading Health & Wellness Brand for Gamers. Ritual Motion is the first brand of its kind, focused on the health and wellness of gamers and the esports community. Established in 2019, the business has enjoyed rapid growth through demand for its content and products in one of the most exciting and dynamic emerging global industries. Ritual Motion is committed to supporting our vibrant audience of gamers and esports enthusiasts by promoting health, wellness, diversity and inclusion through content, products, strategic partnerships and socially impactful events.

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM: ENGAGE | 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 the conversation with thought leaders from around Rhode Island touching on a number of topics important for innovators, entrepreneurs, and small businesses.


4:00-6:00PM CONNECT | The Future of…Accessibility in Business

In partnership with RAMP – real access motivates progress


How can small businesses ensure that they are accessible to all Rhode Islanders? Partner with RAMP – real access motivates progress. RAMP was created to break down barriers and prove we are all the same, just need the proper accessibility. With the help of people with disabilities, family members and allies, RAMP works toward educating and advocating inclusion for all in schools, businesses and the community at large. Positively opening eyes and pointing out the barriers is truly changing the world, one person at a time.


Join us for this live, in-person program to learn more about how you can make your business accessible to everyone. This event will be part of our series, “The Future of…” from 4:00-6:00. We’ll open the Venture Café bar at 4:00 for networking and drinks. The conversation circle will begin at 5:00.


Tina G Pedersen, President/CEO/Founder, RAMP real access motivates progress


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.

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