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Regional Resources for Entrepreneurs

Detailed listing of 50+ organizations & resources for entrepreneurs to access in the Providence & Rhode Island area.


This nonprofit economic development organization has a mission to create an opportunity-driven environment for RI designers, design businesses, and the design sector to thrive. They believe design is a critical economic sector that drives change globally, socially, and locally.

Commerce RI Business Navigator

The RI Commerce Corporation online portal helps businesses navigate the public sector, find financing vehicles, utilize state incentives, and find resources.

10,000 Small Businesses RI

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is a program that helps small businesses grow and create jobs by providing them with greater access to education, financial capital and business-support services.

Entrepreneur Providence

Site provides key information on resources, educational opportunities, funding sources, and overall connectivity in and around Providence.


Providence-based mentorship-driven startup accelerator program for young technology and design entrepreneurs.

Providence Geeks

Helps Rhode Island digital innovators connect, collaborate, and ultimately make the City-State and its geeks info-technology leaders.

Social Enterprise Greenhouse

SE Greenhouse provides a comprehensive support system to inspire, start, grow, and sustain successful social enterprises.

CWE - Center for Women & Enterprise

CWE offers education, training, technical assistance and access to debt and equity capital to entrepreneurs at every stage of development.

The Providence Lady Project

The PVD Lady Project connects, inspires and showcases awesome women doing amazing things in Providence through membership, events and community engagement.

RI Small Business Development Center

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


Social Innovation Initiative - Swearer Center - Brown University

Promotes an open culture of collaborative learning and community impact with programming focused in venture development.

Brown Summer Innovation B-Lab

The B-Lab is an eight-week experiential, immersive program in entrepreneurial leadership open to Brown and RISD students.

Brown University Entrepreneurship Program

Brown EP is a student-run organization that acts as the extra-curricular side to entrepreneurial learning.

PechaKucha Providence

PechaKucha is as an event for young designers to meet, network, & show their work in public. PechaKucha nights take place in Providence.

Business Innovation Factory

BIF host an annual conference & focuses on solving major problems in areas like healthcare, education and energy independence.

Rhode Island Business Plan Competition

The RI-Biz Plan Competition, open to everyone, seeks to promote entrepreneurship & development of start-up & early stage companies.

Hatch RI

Hatch Entrepreneurial Center is a co-work space for passionate professionals, curious creators, and future business leaders of Rhode Island.

Greenhorn Connect

Builds connections within the Boston entrepreneur ecosystem through increased awareness of opportunities & their excellent newsletter.

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.

Techstars Boston

Techstars provides significant seed funding, intensive mentorship, and an amazing network of mentors and alumni for 7-10% equity in companies.

National Resources

Google Tools For Entrepreneurs

Google Tools for Entrepreneurs provides free weekly video lessons ranging from business, marketing, and tech classes taught by leading experts.

Design for America

DFA is a nationwide network of interdisciplinary student teams, including RISD/Brown, using design to create local & social impact.

Creative StartUps

Creative-Startups provides an intensive course in Creative Entrepreneurship, connections with creative entrepreneurs, and access to investors.

NYFA Arts Business Incubator

The NYFA ABI explores the best practices associated with running a startup in the arts. Participants receive coaching, mentoring, and subsidized professional services.

New Inc.

The first museum-led incubator is a shared workspace and professional development program designed to support creative practitioners working in the areas of art, technology, and design.

Venture for America

VFA is a program for talented grads to spend 2 years in the trenches of a start-up with the goal to revitalize American cities.


Design Entrepreneur NYC

DENYC is a program for emerging fashion designers in NYC to participate in a free "mini-MBA" to gain business skills and cash awards for their business.

Startup Weekend

A global network of passionate entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate, and empower individuals, teams & communities.


Whether you're an engineer, artist, financial wizard, or entrepreneur, Upstart believes the most important startup is you.

500 Startups

500 Startups provides early-stage companies with up to $250K & helps them succeed in ways other venture firms do not.

Designer Fund

The Designer Fund is an angel fund of designers which provides angel funding, mentorship, & connections to entrepreneurial designers.

Think Big

Think Big partners with top schools and students to help start ups recruit high level talent in tech and creative roles.