500 Startups

500 Startups is a new kind of seed fund and startup accelerator. We believe successful internet startups are born from usable design, customer-focused metrics, and online distribution. 500 Startups provides early-stage companies with up to $250K in funding and with hundreds of experienced startup mentors around the world, we help companies succeed in ways other venture firms do not.


Betaspring is a Providence-based mentorship-driven startup accelerator program for young technology and design entrepreneurs who are ready to build a product, launch a company, and change the world.

Brown University Entrepreneurship Program

Brown EP is a student-run organization that acts as the extra-curricular side to entrepreneurial learning. We support students by helping them develop their self awareness, global perspective, and innovative thinking. Our students are intelligent, energetic, and creative; they share a collective desire to make an impact on the world.

Bryant U. Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization

Informs, supports and inspires students of Bryant University to be entrepreneurial and seek opportunity through enterprise creation.

Business Innovation Factory

BIF focuses on solving major problems in areas like healthcare, education and energy independence by creating a place where partners can design and test new solutions in a real-world environment.

Center For Women And Enterprise

CWE offers education, training, technical assistance, women's business enterprise certification and access to both debt and equity capital to entrepreneurs at every stage of business development. As a non-profit, CWE provides scholarships for its services in order to serve all women, regardless of their ability to pay.

Creative Startups

Creative Startups' mission is to accelerate the success of creative entrepreneurs and economies. They launch successful startups through Creative Startups Accelerator, the nation's first accelerator dedicated to creative entrepreneurs, as well as build community-based regional economic development strategies for success in the creative economy.

Designer Fund

The Designer Fund is an angel fund of designers. Our community gives angel funding, mentorship, and connections to entrepreneurial designers. Our mission is to invest in designers who create businesses with positive social impact. We accept applications and referrals from talented designers and match them with resources to succeed at any stage of their development.

Design for America

Design for America is an award-winning nationwide network of interdisciplinary student teams and community members using design to create local and social impact. Design for America teaches human centered design to young adults and collaborating community partners and tackles national challenges in Education, Health, Economy and Environment.

Freelance and Entrepreneur Calendar

Need to know how to pick a business name? How to finance your company? How to write a business plan? In the RI area there are twenty-four city, state and federal organizations who offer programs - some one-time offerings, others complete series - which provide a broad array of business, freelance and entrepreneurial education.

Greenhorn Connect

Greenhorn Connect's mission is to help build connections within the Boston entrepreneur ecosystem through increased awareness of opportunities. The GreenhornConnect.com web portal connects Boston startups and enthusiasts with the many resources, events and jobs in the region as well as educational and informational content.

Kickstarter Project

Kickstarter is the world's largest funding platform for creative projects. Every week, tens of thousands of amazing people pledge millions of dollars to projects from the worlds of music, film, art, technology, design, food, publishing and other creative fields.

Pecha Kucha Providence

A monthly format for sharing ideas, in which presenters are allotted 20 PowerPoint slides and 20 seconds per slide. Put simply: 6 minutes and 40 seconds of PowerPoint visual, performance art.

Providence Geeks

The goal of Providence Geeks is to help Rhode Island's digital innovators connect, collaborate, and ultimately make the City-State and its geeks info-technology leaders. Join their monthly Geek Dinners for excellent networking opportunities.

RI-Biz Plan Competition

The Rhode Island Business Plan Competition, open to everyone, seeks to promote entrepreneurship and development of start-up and early stage companies.

RI Innovation Fellowship

Made possible through the vision and generosity of philanthropists Letitia and John Carter, the program will award two applicants up to $300,000 over three years to develop, test, and implement innovative ideas that have the potential to dramatically improve any area of life in RI. The program is designed to stimulate solutions by Rhode Islanders to Rhode Island challenges. Applicants must commit to living in Rhode Island during the term of the Fellowship if selected.


RISD E'Ship is a network of student leaders and entrepreneurs. They translate creative talent into tangible projects that foster impact in and beyond the RISD community.

RISD Entrepreneurship Online Resources

The RISD Career Center's exceptional collection of events, organizations, and resource links for entrepreneurship, freelancing, marketing, legal, financing and more. Get connected to the local entrepreneur ecosystem, learn how to build your business, and join our bi-weekly entrepreneur email newsletter to stay in the know.

RI Small Business Development Center

The Small Business Development Center provides entrepreneurs with best fit resources to create, transform and grow their businesses.

Social Enterprise Greenhouse

Social Enterprise Greenhouse creates positive social and economic impacts by supporting social entrepreneurs and enterprises with the tools and networks they need to thrive. They are a network of business and community leaders who contribute time, expertise and money to create jobs and support positive change through social enterprise.

Social Innovation Initiative

The Social Innovation Initiative at Brown University, a program of the Swearer Center for Public Service, promotes an open culture of collaborative learning and community impact with programming focused in four key areas: venture support, academic connections, campus activities, and life beyond college.

Startup Weekend

Startup Weekend is a global network of passionate leaders and entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate, and empower individuals, teams and communities. Come share ideas, form teams, and launch startups. Startup Weekends are weekend-long, hands-on experiences where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable.


Upstart was founded by a team of ex-Googlers with a simple idea - to help you do what you're meant to do. Whether you're an engineer, artist, financial wizard, or entrepreneur - we believe the most important startup is you. By matching you with the right backers and by providing just a slice of economic freedom - where repayment is based on your future success - we help you get started on the right path.

Venture for America

Venture for America is a program for young, talented grads to spend 2 years in the trenches of a start-up with the goal that these graduates will become socialized and mobilized as entrepreneurs moving forward. VFA's mission is to revitalize American cities and communities through entrepreneurship; and to enable our best and brightest to create new opportunities for themselves and others.