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Introducing the 2019 Food Accelerator Cohort!

Providence, Rhode Island (January 16, 2018) – 17 Rhode Island based food businesses began the Social Enterprise Greenhouse (SEG) Food Accelerator program on January 10, 2018. The Accelerator, SEG’s signature venture development program, includes a 12-week blended learning model that provides high impact social entrepreneurs the tools, networks and resources to validate their idea, understand[…..]

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Social Enterprise Greenhouse Wins EDA Funding for Statewide Expansion


December 6, 2018

Social Enterprise Greenhouse Wins EDA Funding for Statewide Expansion

Federal grant will boost social entrepreneurship across RI

Washington, DC– U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressman Jim Langevin today announced that Providence-based social impact business incubator Social Enterprise Greenhouse (SEG) has won a $257,321 competitive grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) to grow the organization’s footprint in Pawtucket, Central Falls, and Newport.  The expansion will provide support to a more diverse population of social entrepreneurs as they create jobs and grow Rhode Island’s innovation economy.

“The Social Enterprise Greenhouse is proving that Rhode Island entrepreneurs can do well while doing good in the community,” said Whitehouse.  “With this federal grant, the Social Enterprise Greenhouse can help scale the success of more small businesses that are creating jobs and making Rhode Island a better place.”

“I’ve long been a proponent of the work done at the Social Enterprise Greenhouse,” said Langevin.  “SEG has already helped several Rhode Island entrepreneurs launch businesses that have a positive social and economic impact, and this funding will help further expand the reach of its valuable services.”

“Social Enterprise Greenhouse has and continues to be a great partner in helping entrepreneurs develop and succeed in creating market-driven solutions to social problems,” said Cicilline. “This funding will help continue their tradition of developing a strong work force in Rhode Island and creating an economy that works for everyone.”

SEG provides social entrepreneurs with the tools and networks they need to thrive.  The new satellite offices will allow SEG to serve and connect entrepreneurs operating outside of Providence.  The federal grant will support a market assessment, the recruitment of entrepreneurs, and technical assistance and ongoing support for social ventures.

“The SEG Community is honored and thrilled to receive this award from the EDA,” said Kelly Ramirez, CEO of SEG.  “The support will enable us to more intentionally expand our footprint into communities across Rhode Island, particularly those designated as opportunity zones.  The end goal is to ensure that more businesses and entrepreneurs have access to and can leverage the resources of Rhode Island’s entrepreneurship ecosystem.”

The funding was awarded as part of the EDA’s i6 Innovation Challenge, which supports the creation of centers for innovation and entrepreneurship across the country.



Meaghan McCabe (Whitehouse), 401-453-5294

Stuart Malec (Langevin), 401-732-9400

Rich Luchette (Cicilline), 202-225-4733


11 promising social enterprises to graduate from SEG Health and Wellness Accelerator tomorrow

Providence, Rhode Island (December 5, 2018) – Join Social Enterprise Greenhouse (SEG) to celebrate the 2018 Health and Wellness Accelerator participants as they complete their 12-week business development journey at the Health and Wellness Accelerator Pitch Event on December 6th. The Pitch Event will take place at the SEG Hub (10 Davol Square, Suite #100,[…..]

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Social Enterprise Greenhouse awards three promising social enterprises with one-year co-working scholarships to the SEG Hub

Providence, Rhode Island (November 8, 2018) – Social Enterprise Greenhouse (SEG) recognized three promising social enterprises at their annual Alumni Celebration and Awards event on Wednesday, November 7. Each entrepreneur will receive a one-year Hot Desk coworking scholarship to the SEG Hub (valued at $900) to grow their business and impact. Co-working membership includes additional[…..]

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2018 Food Accelerator Alum, OURgrain, named a Top 26 Startup by MassChallenge Boston

October 23, 2018 According to a recent news release, 2018 Food Accelerator alum, OURgrain, a food tech social enterprise that repurposes spent grain from breweries, was selected as a Top 26 startup in the MassChallenge Boston accelerator. Following their completion of the Social Enterprise Greenhouse 2018 Food Accelerator program in May, the startup was selected[…..]

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Impact Accelerator Alum, C.O.A.A.S.T., presents play before Congress

October 16, 2018 According to a recent news release from Boston Children’s Hospital, on September 26, Impact Accelerator Alumnus, C.O.A.A.S.T., presented ‘Four Legs to Stand On’, a short play inspired by real-life stories of addiction and recovery, in front of Members of Congress at the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. The program, which was sponsored[…..]

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SEG recognizes 6 companies in its first year of their Best for Rhode Island initiative

September 25th, 2018 Social Enterprise Greenhouse recognizes 6 companies in the first year of their Best for Rhode Island initiative. The awards took place at the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce Economic Outlook Luncheon on Monday, September 24. The 6 awardees were recognized for their outstanding achievement in using their business as a force for[…..]

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12 Social Enterprises Accepted to begin SEG Health and Wellness Accelerator

September 21, 2018 12 Rhode Island based Health and Wellness businesses began the Social Enterprise Greenhouse (SEG) Accelerator program in early September. The Accelerator, SEG’s signature venture development program, includes a 12-week blended learning model that provides high impact social entrepreneurs the tools, networks and resources to validate their idea, understand their customer, and formalize[…..]

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SEG is accepting applications for its 2019 Impact and Food Accelerator programs. Applications are due October 1, 2018.


Rhode Island (August 28, 2018) – Social Enterprise Greenhouse (SEG) is accepting applications for its 2019 Accelerators for ‘Do Well, Do Good’ businesses. SEG is looking for motivated and coachable social entrepreneurs with a feasible food, environment, or general social impact venture to apply. Applications for SEG’s Food and Impact Accelerator programs are due on October 1, 2018. The Food Accelerator program begins in January 2019 and the Impact Accelerator program begins in February 2019.

The Accelerator, SEG’s signature venture development program, includes a 12-week blended learning model that provides high impact social entrepreneurs the tools, networks and resources to validate their idea, understand their customer, and formalize growth strategies from fundraising to social impact measurement. Additional value is provided by one-on-one business coaching, a peer cohort model, and access to SEG’s co-working space at 10 Davol Square, Providence. Upon graduation, participants will receive priority access to the SEG Loan Fund which provides growth capital to high potential social enterprises as well as later stage business services.

More about the Impact Accelerator

The Impact Accelerator program works with social entrepreneurs from any industry. As part of SEG’s Water, Energy, and Environment Initiative, the 2019 Impact Accelerator cohort will feature a group of environmental impact ventures that will collaborate and have access to industry-specific advising opportunities.

About the Food Accelerator

The Food Accelerator program offers industry-tailored curriculum and advising, customized face-to-face instruction and peer learning, and access to a network of food industry experts in addition to the entire SEG Advisor network to help entrepreneurs grow their business in Rhode Island and beyond.  

This is a great opportunity for all Food ventures that address topics including:

  • Sustainable food and aquaculture practices
  • Food access
  • Food waste
  • Cultural heritage
  • Workforce development
  • International development
  • Place-making and community building.

The purpose of the Accelerator program is to stimulate innovation in Rhode Island and to help create more successful, sustainable ‘Do Well, Do Good’ businesses leading to healthier, more prosperous communities for all.

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PBN takes a look at RI entrepreneurial ecosystem

Providence Business News takes a look at the RI entrepreneurial ecosystem and surveys startups, including 8 SEG ventures, they interviewed in 2015 to find out how they’ve fared. SEG CEO, Kelly Ramirez provides insights from our experience serving social entrepreneurs in the area. Read the full article at

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