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Wellness Fair for New and Expecting Moms coming to Rhode Island ‪on March 30

On March 30 2019, momunity (Accelerator ’17), a digital platform based out of Newport that aggregates local community maternity care resources, will be hosting their Wellness Fair at the SEG Hub (10 Davol Square, Suite #100, Providence). At the event, new and expecting moms will be able to connect with other moms, meet and chat[…..]

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SEG Announces the Launch of Longevity and Aging Initiative

  Rhode Island (March 12, 2019) – Social Enterprise Greenhouse (SEG) is thrilled to announce the official launch of their Longevity and Aging initiative to create a supportive ecosystem for the growth of social enterprises focused on innovative solutions to improve the aging experience. Although SEG works with social enterprises from all industries, over the[…..]

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Introducing the 2019 Impact Accelerator Cohort!

Rhode Island (February 26, 2019) – 13 Rhode Island based social enterprises are set to begin the Social Enterprise Greenhouse (SEG) Accelerator program on February 27, 2019. The Accelerator, SEG’s signature venture development program, includes a 12-week blended learning model that provides social entrepreneurs the tools, networks, and resources to validate their idea, understand their[…..]

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SEG Plans to Expand Support for Entrepreneurs and Businesses to Pawtucket, Central Falls, and Newport

2018 Impact Accelerator Workshop led by SEG Advisor Carlos Ventura Rhode Island (February 21, 2019) – In December 2018, Social Enterprise Greenhouse (SEG) was awarded a $257,321 competitive grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) to expand their programming to serve entrepreneurs and businesses in regional satellite locations including Pawtucket and Central Falls, and[…..]

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SeaAhead (Accelerator ’18) and CIC Partner to Open Boston’s First Ocean Innovation Hub

Boston, MA – SeaAhead and the Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) announced today their partnership to open the first dedicated Bluetech Innovation Hub in Boston. The SeaAhead Hub, located at CIC Boston (50 Milk Street), will enable ocean entrepreneurs, growing businesses, investors and corporations — as well as non-profits, the public sector and researchers — to[…..]

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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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