Use these resources to tap into a wealth of knowledge and advisory support for those looking to start or grow a venture in the New England area.

Local Organizations for Entrepreneurs

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RI Hub

RIHub’s not-for-profit mission is all about helping entrepreneurs and startups more effectively focus and apply their ingenuity and innovation by providing space, networking, guidance, and investment.

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RI Small Business Development Center

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

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RI Commerce Corporation

The Rhode Island Commerce Corporation works with public, private and nonprofit partners to create the conditions for businesses in all sectors to thrive. They offer business assistance, access to funding and red tape reduction for companies of all sizes.

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Center for Women and Enterprise

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

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DESIGNxRI is a nonprofit economic development organization that creates an opportunity-driven environment for RI designers, design businesses, and the design sector to thrive. 

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Local Opportunities for Entrepreneurs

Explore these opportunities and competitions to gain funding, mentorship, and exposure for your venture.

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Providence Design Catalyst Grant

This is a competitive grant program providing seed capital, business mentorship, professional development training, and networking to help design businesses reach their growth goals.

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10,000 Small Businesses RI

This is a program that helps established small businesses grow and create jobs by providing them with free access to education, financial capital, and business-support services.

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RI Business Competition

This annual competition, open to everyone, seeks to promote the development of start-up companies by awarding prize money to the most promising ideas.

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With programs in RI and MA, this accelerator is for high-potential startups across all industries, from anywhere in the world. Uniquely, they offer grant funding with zero-equity taken.

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Hope & Main

This incubation program gives food and beverage businesses a low-risk opportunity to test, scale and develop without the cost of maintaining your own commercial culinary facility.

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