12 Social Enterprises Chosen to Participate in SEG’s 2019 Health & Wellness Accelerator

Providence, R.I. (September 25, 2019) – Social Enterprise Greenhouse (SEG) announced today that 12 social ventures from Rhode Island and Massachusetts are participating in its 2019 Health & Wellness Accelerator program. The Health & Wellness Accelerator offers an industry-tailored curriculum and advising, customized face-to-face instruction, peer learning, and access to a network of industry experts in addition to the entire SEG Advisor network to help social entrepreneurs grow their health-related businesses.

The purpose of SEG’s Health and Wellness Accelerator program is to stimulate innovation in Rhode Island’s health and wellness sector and to help create more successful, sustainable “do well, do good” businesses, leading to healthier communities for all. The three-month program culminates with a Pitch Night on Thursday, December 5, at SEG’s coworking space at 10 Davol Square in Providence.

This year’s Health & Wellness Accelerator is delivered in partnership with Brown University and is funded by the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training Real Jobs RI Initiative, Newman’s Own Foundation, and Delta Dental of Rhode Island.

Participants chosen for SEG’s 2019 Health & Wellness Accelerator are:

ASTRO – Arts, Sports, and Technology Resource Organization champions equality by building community around common interests in arts, sports, and technology.
Founder: Justin Pasquazzi of Cranston

Bird & Bee helps Rhode Island women start or grow their families with hormonal health, fertility, and postpartum programs.
Founder: Kate Issa Naranjo of Providence

The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health (The CSPH) is dedicated to providing culturally inclusive, medically accurate, and pleasure guided sexuality therapy, education, and professional training.
Executive Director: Alicia Gauvin of Cranston

Connector LLC provides a platform to facilitate the process for getting people suffering from addiction into treatment programs as swiftly as possible.
Founder: Timothy Sullivan of Providence

Dementia Training for Life improves the lives of individuals living with dementia, by training the community that cares for them.
Founder: Laurie Gunter Mantz, OTR, CADDCT, CFRDT, of Cranston

Groundations, LLC specializes in working with the age 60+ market on improving quality of life and functional movements.
Cofounder: Jennifer Brine of Somerville, Mass.

IMMAD – Impairment Measurement Marijuana and Driving is developing a patented, objective test of marijuana impairment in vehicle drivers for use by roadside by law enforcement.
Founder: Denise A Valenti, OD, of Quincy, Mass.

New Beginnings is a community-centered program using occupation-based activities to promote health and well-being for persons with mental illness.
Co-founders: Mary Brinson, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA, of Cranston; Bethany Pratt, OTD, OTR/L, of South Kingstown

The Rose Center for Learning is a wellness community aimed at increasing access, reducing stigma, linking trained professionals, and promoting a culture of hope for mental health.
Founder: Jennifer Berton, Ph.D., LICSW, of Middletown

Taylor Health creates a positive environment in which we provide healthcare that fosters autonomous choice and sexual acceptance for the most vulnerable people.
Founder: Temperance Taylor, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, of Providence

The Tipping Point empowers and teaches single moms to achieve financial independence and wellness.
Founder: Allison Giuliano of Cranston

UpRiseHer creates and holds inspired space and collaborative community through female-centric co-working, education, and advocacy to help women manage their beautiful, multifaceted lives.
Founder: Shannon Sexton Potter of Warwick

About Social Enterprise Greenhouse
Social Enterprise Greenhouse creates positive social and economic impacts across Rhode Island by supporting social entrepreneurs and enterprises with the business tools and networks they need to thrive. We operate statewide out of three programming sites in Providence, Newport, and Pawtucket/Central Falls. Our network of 400+ enterprises and 300+ business and community leaders contributes time, expertise, and funding to grow Rhode Island’s social impact ecosystem. We promote a culture of equity and inclusion within our network, across our programs, and throughout our ecosystem. To learn more, visit www.segreenhouse.org.


Karen Donovan
Communications Manager