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Hear from key leaders of the offshore wind industry including representatives Matt Morrissey of Orsted, Christopher Hardy of Mayflower Wind, Jennifer Cullen of Vineyard Wind, and Elisabeth Treseder of Equinor. Moderated by Hilary Fagan of RI Commerce Corporation.

Establishing a new industry takes a great deal of experienced support and human capital. Offshore wind developers depend on expert contractors to build, support, and maintain offshore wind farms and the land-based infrastructure that supports them.

Jeff Tingley, RI Commerce Corp, moderates a discussion with Dr. Drew A. Carey from INSPIRE Environmental, Neal Fine from Aquanis, Inc., and Charles A. Donadio, Jr. from Atlantic Wind Transfer, on emerging innovations in the offshore wind industry.

As the United States begins to open up areas for offshore wind development, established European OSW companies have taken note of the opportunities to grow in the American market. Hear from leaders in the field about the scale of the opportunity that exists in US waters and the economic impact on the ground.

Congressman David Cicilline, Congressman Joe Kennedy, & RI Secretary of Commerce Stefan Pryor kick off Venture Café’s Offshore Wind summit discussing how regional collaboration, innovation, and policy are helping Southern New England lead the way with offshore renewable energy.

SeaAhead brings their “Free Swim” to District Hall, connecting BlueTech innovators. Featuring presentations by Tom Birbeck, cofounder of ArcMarine and Alessandra Bianchi, Communications Director of SeaTrac Systems.

Focusing on the Challenges of Today, While Navigating Cash Flow Planning for Tomorrow: How to Apply for PPP Loan Forgiveness.

RI Bio Entrepreneur in Residence, Jay Round and Kerry Evers, Co-President and CEO at Pro-Change Behavior Systems, Inc., dive deep into the federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants available to life science companies in Rhode Island. They discuss the application process and how they can make your company more attractive to future funding as your venture scales.

RI Bio Executive Director Carol Malysz is joined by Dawn Hocevar, President/CEO at BioCT, discussing how Rhode Island and Connecticut are working together to build a strong, regional life sciences economy dedicated to promoting and supporting innovation.

A key member of the Rhode Island innovation ecosystem, RI Bio is working to build a stronger life sciences community in Rhode Island. Hear from key board members on what inspired them to join the board, their interest in life sciences, and what they hope to contribute to the life sciences community during their tenure on the board.

Yow-Pin Lim, MD, PhD and Denice Spero, Ph.D. discuss the founding, growth, and emerging opportunities for ProThera Biologics.

Each month, Jessica Willing-Pichs, Principal, Research and Product Strategy at Ximedica, shares and reviews the newest MedTech innovations from around the world!

“How to Align, Develop and Manage a Performance Management Strategy”: Does your organization have a Performance Management Plan? Is it working? Lauren Tracey, Insperity’s local Performance Specialist / Client Training & Development Consultant, shares in-depth insights with John Kelly on building performance management plans that work.

We talk about the ‘ones that left us’, but what about those who actively choose to come back to RI to build their company? Emily Levy, CEO and Founder of Mighty Well and Pat Sabatino, Founder & CEO Datarista, both left and then made a conscious decision to come back and grow their business in the Ocean State. They discuss their homecoming along with the benefits and existing challenges to building a business in Rhode Island.

Prasha Sarwate Dutra shares insightful strategies for how Her STEM Story has leveraged podcasting to amplify the orgs message and how the medium’s notoriously low barrier to entry can be a successful tool for advocacy for traditionally underrepresented populations.

“Changes in Habitats and Ecosystems”: Part 2 of the Baird Symposium Webinar Series discusses the change in the biological diversity and ecological interactions resulting from new offshore renewable energy structures at a local scale with consideration of larger ecosystems.

The Defense industry is a rapidly growing sector key to Rhode Island’s economy. Local defense and industry leaders Christian Cowan of Polaris MEP/401 Tech Bridge, Steve Bordonaro, of Naval X North East Tech Bridge/NUWC Division Newport, Whitney Tallarico of NavalX, and Christine Smith of RI Commerce, engage in an in depth discussion on the strengths and opportunities in Rhode’s Island’s defense ecosystem.

Alf Carroll of Raytheon, Dr. Amy Heintz of Battelle, and Glen Franks of BAE Systems, share how companies active in the defense industry approach innovation in working with startups and entrepreneurs. Moderated by Lee Silvestre of Naval X North East Tech Bridge.

Valerie Larkin, Technology Transfer Manager at NUWCDIVNPT, Ryan Beatley, Waterfront Operations Branch, and Paul Cavallaro, Leader of our Mechanics of Advanced Structures & Materials Team, share how organizations can use their Narragansett Bay Test Facility and how extensive research collaboration in composites, fabrics, and inflatable structures has advanced technology at NUWCDIVNPT.

Small businesses and startups with military contracts share their stories of innovation and commercialization with Mary Johnson, Manager of 401 Tech Bridge. Featured companies include: Ed Bard, President, of Response Technologies; Clare King, President, of Propel LLC; Jim Owens, Principal, of Nautilus Defense; and Chase Hogoboom, President, of Goetz Composites.

In this edition of GrowthLab’s Cash Flow series, Dan and Korey discuss the four issues every business faces and how we think about approaching them through a financial lens.

Juan Carlos Payero of Social Enterprise Greenhouse leads a discussion with Kathleen Burke, Newport Partnership for Families, Steve Heath, FabNewport, Bevan Linsley, Aquidneck Community Table, and Heather Hole Strout, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center, on how organizations in Newport are striving for equity in their community.

Martinha Javid, Founder of MAE Organization for the Homeless, speaks with Tuni Schartner, Executive Director of Venture Café Providence, on the current state of and homelessness and equitable housing in Rhode Island. 

Suzanne McDonald of Newport Interactive Marketing taps into master science communicator Sara Poirier’s for top tips to launch your communications into the stratosphere.

Founder and director James Monteiro calls on his hard-won experience to help guide currently and formerly incarcerated individuals along a path toward postsecondary success. Reentry Campus participants who are still incarcerated can earn college credits by passing exams and after their release matriculate into local universities, including Roger Williams University and Community College of RI.

John Kelly, District Manager at Insperity, breaks down the Human Rescources department and share stories of how businesses are using their HR strategy to impact their bottom line and why having the right strategy can have a big impact on company success.

David Dadekian, President of Eat Drink RI sits down with Kim Anderson, Creator and Co-Founder of PLANT CITY for a review of how restaurants have been operating under COVID-19 restrictions, and adapting through the reopening phases established by the State of Rhode Island.

Kristen Adamo, President & CEO of Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau leads this lively discussion with Janella Watson, Museum, Education & Children’s Media Consultant, and Trudy Coxe, CEO & Executive Director at Preservation Society of Newport County on the challenges and learnings in running and reopening museums and tourist attractions during COVID-19.

In times of struggle, new technologies and innovations can shape how we interact with each other. Hear from Rhode Island Innovators about how they are adapting their products and services to meet the needs of the public amid COVID-19.

Food Trucks In. has found ways to bring food trucks to the public through a combination of physical distantance, contactless ordering, and virtual music festivals. Hear from Eric Weiner, President of Food Trucks In., about how they’ve adapted their model to keep food truck festivals going amid a global pandemic.

In the third part of this biweekly series covering the challenges businesses are facing in the midst of a pandemic, GrowthLab shares insights for scenario planning for improved budgeting practices.

Rhode Island’s Lieutenant Governor, Dan McKee, shares new updates and initiatives from his office on how they are working to support small business health and growth.

Kerri Gaffett, Suzanne Mancini, & Rebecca Stib share their experiences with the Small Business Tech Support Program and how they’ve been able to evolve, pivot, and grow.

Matthew Leathers, Jamie Schapiro, Justin Marshall, Paul MacDonald, & John Piccirilli share how they’ve donated their time and leveraged their expertise to enable the Small Business Tech Support to maximize its impact.

Siu-Li Khoe of Rhode Island Commerce Corporation discusses the evolution and impact of the Small Business Tech Support Program and its partnership with Venture Café Providence before speaking with Kelly Ramirez of Social Enterprise Greenhouse and their effort to donate 500 computers to small businesses in need of elevating their technological infrastructure.

At the start of quarantine, panic about access to food and basic grocery store needs became a major concern for the community and high-risk populations. For Feast + Fettle, a membership-based service delivering chef-prepared and ready-to-eat meals to households, their model was just right for responding to the needs of community members and beyond.

Join Ximedica for a virtual version of their monthly technology forum reviewing medtech technologies from around the world! FEATURING: Jessica Willing-Pichs, LLB – Principal, Research and Product Strategy

In the second part of this biweekly series covering the challenges businesses are facing in the midst of a pandemic, GrowthLab shares insights for scenario planning for improved budgeting practices.

RIHub’s Annette Tonti is joined by Adam Alpert of Pangea and Robbie Felton of Intus Care, who recently received investments for their startups, expanding their businesses even during this time of being virtual!

Industry experts Jennifer McCann, Dr. Mary C. BoatmanAnnie HawkinsGrover Fugate, John O’Keeffe, and Erik Chapman review the growth of offshore renewable energy in the United States and discuss what we have learned from this experience. 

Rhode Island based design panelists Lisa Carnevale, Libby Slader, Jen Long, and Adam Anderson discuss their solutions to the challenges we are facing in today’s “new normal”. 

BIG NAZO LAB’s Dr. Tremendanus discusses subterranean social distancing encounters with select extraterrestrials who’s off-planet flights were cancelled and who are now conducting “Social Distance Street Art Processions”.

Yarrow Thorne, Founder and Executive Director of The Avenue Concept, and Angie Gonzalez, Rhode Island artist AGONZA, describe the past, present and future of public art in Rhode Island and shares why it is important to the Rhode Island ecosystem.

Navyn Salem, Founder and CEO of Edesia Nutrition, discusses the company’s mission to produce the life-saving tools needed to help overcome both malnutrition and consequential public health impacts. 

Dan Gertrudes and Korey Cournoyer of GrowthLab host the second part of the series focusing on understanding today’s challenges through the unique shifts in our economy and everyday life, while planning for long-term success. 

Dom Messerli, Board Member of RI Bio, shares experiences with running a human clinical trial in today’s environment. 

Daniela Fairchild, RI Office Of Innovation, speaks with James Monti, West Warwick Public Schools, and Angela Seifer, National Digital Inclusion Alliance, on how we can close the Digital Divide.

Allison McNally of the Aquidneck Island Planning Commission chats with Cassies Sutton Coats and Emily Adams of Open Door Health on their pivot to adopting telemedicine and how access to broadband.

Ashley Medieros (Connect Greater Newport) moderates a discussion with Steve Johnston (Open Cape), Macky McCleary (Guidehouse), and Peggy Schaffer (ConnectME Authority) on cross-regional approaches to broadband adoption.

Rhode Island State Rep Deb Ruggiero and Andrew McCardle, an attorney at Best Best & Krieger, discusses trends in telecom policy nationally, what municipalities and states are doing to make broadband access more equitable, and how the state of Rhode Island can build a better network for all its residents.

Nicole O’Malley, Executive Director of Hands in Harmony, discusses the impact of music therapy and described how Hands in Harmony has pivoted.

Elisabeth Swain leads a group of panelists to discuss the struggles, concerns, and unexpected silver linings we are experiencing as we navigate parenting during this unsettled time. 

Arnell Milhouse leads us in a conversation about thinking outside the classroom. Education will change more over the next few years than it has in the last few centuries. 

Michelle Cruz tells us a story. They say when we lose an elder, it is akin to losing a library of knowledge. We all have a story to tell and it is important to document them. 

Allison Ingalsbe of Creative Solutions facilitates a deep dive into understanding the student experience with a design thinking workshop. 

A dozen students from across Rhode Island share their experiences and perspectives on the current state of primary and secondary education. 

Eileen Hayes, President and CEO of Amos House speaks about the work being done to support the homeless populations of our community through the COVID-19 crisis.

Dan Gertrudes and Korey Cournoyer of GrowthLab focus on understanding the challenges you are facing today through the unique shifts in our economy and everyday life, while planning for long-term success. 

Danny Warshay of the Nelson Center For Entrepreneurship, and Arnell Milhouse of  CareerDevs host a fireside chat to explore the topics of entrepreneurship, education, and how teaching entrepreneurship to young people can help them see world problems as solvable especially in times of crisis.

Justin Manley highlights important developments in the Unmanned Maritime Systems (UMS) sector before moderating two startup flash talks: Jud Kauffman of Terradepth and Derek Puzzuoli of Igloo Innovations/Seahawk Robotics.

Blue Economy and startup experts including: Hope Hopkins, Justin Manley, Rhonda Moniz, and Roger Race join Toby Stapleton for an in-depth conversation highlighting the blue economy spectrum. 

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse introduces this week’s Virtual Venture Café featuring Black Swans in the Blue Economy.

Jen Silbert (Co-Founder of Spartina Consulting), Walter Berbrick (Associate Professor, War Gaming Department at U.S. Naval War College), Allison Ingalsbe (Design Thinking Facilitator), and Todd Knapp (Owner, Envision Technology Advisors) speak to us about how today’s business challenges spark a new dimension of thinking.

Mike Chea, Director of Pinpoint Translation Services, speaks about how his organization is helping nonprofits during the COVID-19 crisis. 

Steven Nijenhuis of MMID shares with us how they are prototyping to build products and learn how to build your own prototype to solve your problems today. 

Joe Devine, Interim Executive Director of Tech Collective; Christopher Hughes, Account of Executive of Bridge Technical Talent; and Manuel Lobao, Senior Manager Information Security of Carousel Industries, introduces the Technical Hacker class. 

Francesca Spidalieri, Sr. Fellow for Cyber Leadership at Pell Center of Salve Regina University, shares tips and advice for companies facing these security, privacy, and availability issues. 

Todd Knapp, CEO of Envision Technology, leads us in a discussion about what you should be doing today to address the risks you’ve inherited, and what new security measures and technologies should be put in place going forward.

Congressman Jim Langevin joins Richard Siedzik, and Dave Marble for a Q&A on cybersecurity policies coming out of Washington.

Jesse Roberts, VP of IT Security at Compass IT Compliance, discusses the spike in phishing attacks related to COVID-19, focusing on why it is important to train end users now more than ever. 

Richard Siedzik discusses the importance of “Cyber Risk Management”.

Dr. Amy Nunn, Cassie Sutten Coates, and Emily Adams, PNP, of Open Door Health, speak about how they are maintaining personalized healthcare remotely. 

Patrice McKinley sits down with her client Laurie Ruttenberg for an in-depth conversation on redefining success.

Patrice Milos of Medley Genomics, Jay Round of RI Bio, and Annette Tonti of RI Hub, share with us important updates in the Healthcare and Manufacturing Industry.

Kunal Mankodiya, PhD and Coordinator of Rapid Solvers and the University of Rhode Island, tell us how community and industry are working together to quickly prototype, test, and produce the equipment necessary for the Covid-19 crisis.

Jason Enos of Empire Group leads a discussion on the balance between safety and speed. 

Bill Cameron and Janet Himmelreich of 3Comply tell us what you need to know to manufacture N95 masks. 

Deborah Burton of RI Elder Info, speaks about the impact of COVID-19 on the senior population. 

Ainsley Cantoral, Strategic Initiatives Advisor at Providence Housing Authority; Ashley Medeiros, Project Director of Connect Greater Newport; and Daniela Fairchild, Director at Rhode Island Office of Innovation for discuss the impact that statewide broadband internet access would have on Rhode Island.

 Kelley McShane and Jamie Schapiro tell us how they used the Newport Folk Festival to grow the Granny Squibb’s brand.

Brian and Lori Halloran and Christopher Muller lead a session on best practices for reopening your food or beverage business, be it physically, or online!

David Dadekian of Eat Drink RI hosts this special hour-long session dedicated to asking questions, sharing struggles, and brainstorming innovation for the food and beverage industry.

Andy Posner of Capital Good Fund,  shares information about Capital Good Fund’s programs, including their new Crisis Relief Loan.