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Congrats to SEG’s 2020 Food Accelerator Grads!

Thanks to everyone who came to our 2020 Food Accelerator Virtual Graduation and Pitch Night on May 13! If you couldn’t make it, here’s our event video! The SEG 2020 Food Accelerator is delivered in partnership with Brown University and is funded in part by the RI Department of Labor and Training’s Real Jobs RI[…..]

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Q+A with Sandra Enos of Giving Beyond the Box 

Meet Sandra Enos, the creator of Giving Beyond the Box. As a recently retired sociology professor, and participant of both the SEG Incubator in 2019 and now our 2020 Impact Accelerator, Sandra knows the value of teachable moments. Describing what she now calls her doable moments, she shared with us what it’s been like to[…..]

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Jessica Ricci Jewelry: How to Be FOUND

Jewelry maker Jessica Ricci started out as a collector of small, interesting objects. While living in Italy, she became fascinated by cultural artifacts other people had tossed out, such as keys, coins, lace, prayer cards, and the like. When she returned home to Rhode Island in 2005, she taught herself how to transform these items[…..]

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Beat the Streets Providence: Wrestling and Success

A lot is happening for middle school students on wrestling mats across Providence these days, and it’s all due to Beat the Streets Providence. Since its founding in 2013, Beat the Streets has brought more than 1,000 local public school students into the sport of wrestling through afterschool programming. Their mission is to inspire urban[…..]

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Sanctuary Herbs of Providence: Artisanal Blends with a Message

Christina Dedora, the founder of Blue Skys Farm, leases land from Urban Edge Farm in Cranston along with a group of other farmers. After years of growing food and flowers, Christina started drying herbs as a value-added product to sell in the winter. In 2016 she saw an opportunity both to sell more herbs and[…..]

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Riverzedge Arts: Designed by Youth

The mission of Riverzedge Arts, based in Woonsocket, R.I., is to improve lives and places through art, design, and creative problem solving. Their arts and entrepreneurship studio programs are nationally recognized for helping to expand horizons for local youth. Since 2002, the organization has been providing teen artists with an afterschool hands-on job-training experience led[…..]

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Bike Newport: Building Bike Culture in the City by the Sea

When Bike Newport founder and executive director Bari Freeman moved to Newport in 2009, she saw a great potential for promoting bicycles for transportation. “I picked up a beater bike to avoid the congested tourist traffic and started pedaling,” she says. “And then I thought, wow, more people must want to ride, too. Newport would[…..]

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Lily’s Ladle: That Bone Broth Moment

It was the deep, dark, snowy winter of 2015 when Lily Scott was introduced to the healing properties of bone broth. She and her husband and both of their kids were sick with colds, and her son, who was only three months old at the time, contracted a dangerous virus that made it difficult for[…..]

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Congrats to the Graduates of Our 2019 Health & Wellness Accelerator!

Pitch night at Social Enterprise Greenhouse is always a festive occasion. Starting at around 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 5, our coworking space filled up with people and anticipation as the 12 social ventures graduating from our 2019 Health & Wellness Accelerator prepared to deliver their pitches. Great food and drink, great conversation, and a[…..]

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What Cheer Flower Farm: Because Everyone Deserves a Bouquet

Shelby Doggett always knew she wanted to be a farmer. Growing up in Rhode Island as a member of a family involved in horticulture and agriculture for five generations, it was in her blood. What Cheer Flower Farm, a venture she cofounded, gives free flowers to people in need. The farm, located in the Olneyville[…..]

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