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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.

For more information about the SEG Accelerator Program go to


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


SEG Welcomes Meg Wirth as Director for Health and Wellness Initiative


For Immediate Release

Providence, Rhode Island (Monday July 30, 2018) – Social Enterprise Greenhouse (SEG) welcomes Meg Wirth to their team as Health and Wellness Initiative Director.

As Director for SEG’s Health and Wellness initiative, Meg will run the business Accelerator for social enterprises focused on public health, wellness and medical innovation. She will also be responsible for building partnerships with industry, universities and government interested in leveraging the power of social enterprise for population health in Rhode Island and beyond.

Meg brings first-hand experience as a social entrepreneur in the health sector. She co-founded and launched Maternova Inc. a pioneering global ecommerce platform for women’s health technologies. In prior roles she has mentored and consulted with dozens of social enterprises, worked at the Rockefeller Foundation on global health equity and with Commons Capital, secured a Gates Foundation grant to start a global health venture fund.

“We are proud to have Meg join the team as the Health and Wellness initiative enters its third year.” said Kelly Ramirez, CEO, SEG. “Her experience in the health sector as an entrepreneur and thought leader will be instrumental  to taking the initiative to the next level.”

“Social Enterprise Greenhouse is a unique hive of energy and entrepreneurship building an ecosystem for innovative, sustainable solutions to long-standing social and economic challenges,” said Meg Wirth. “I’m thrilled to be part of this ecosystem and to focus on supporting social entrepreneurs.”


About 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. We are a network of business and community leaders who contribute time, expertise, and money to create jobs and support positive change through social enterprise.

Press Contact:

Crystal Rosatti

Social Enterprise Greenhouse

401.272.2558 ext. 4826



WatchRx (Health Accelerator ’17) Selected by Bayer and TechCode for Digital Healthcare Innovation Program

June, 2018

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Bayer and TechCode have selected WatchRx (Health Accelerator ’17) for their first U.S. Digital Healthcare Program. WatchRx is the first and only dedicated smartwatch/SaaS solution with all-in-one medication reminders, built-in phone and GPS to support prescription adherence and to improve health outcomes for those managing complex medication regimens.

The Bayer-TechCode partnership is designed to accelerate digitally enabled advances in Pharmaceuticals. Seven start-ups were selected for the inaugural program which culminates on June 15 with a Demo Day in Mountain View, Calif. On that day, WatchRx will present its pitch to an audience of investors as well as representatives from Bayer and TechCode.

“Improved prescription compliance leads to improved health outcomes, slowing progression of conditions ranging from heart disease to Parkinson’s to diabetes. We are honored that Bayer and TechCode see the value in WatchRx’s mission to help patients and consumers live healthier, more independent lives.” 


Finnest, Impact accelerator participant from 2017, raises their first outside capital through Netcapital

A Finnest _Early Bird_ Family copy A sneak peak of the Finnest App

Finnest, Impact accelerator participant from 2017, raises their first outside capital through Netcapital, a Boston-based equity crowd-investing platform. Finnest’s base of financial support is wider than ever. In just 6 days they’ve raised more than half their goal, making the Finnest campaign one of the most successful on NetCapital thus far. Netcapital allows anyone to invest as little as $100 in return for shares in the company. Funds raised will enable founder Clemens Grave, and his team, to launch their educational banking platform for kids and teens to the public in early Q2 2018. “We’re within weeks of delivering our live product to families who first learned about Finnest on our website”, said Grave. “We have tremendous momentum right now.” Anyone interested in learning more about Finnest can visit their website or check out their campaign on Netcapital at

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