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Dec06

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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Nov19

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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Nov19

bosWell: Caring for the Most Vulnerable

Aristotle Mannan wants to put high-tech at the service of high-touch. His digital health startup, bosWell, seeks to connect vulnerable populations to healthcare. “Our mission is to reach Medicaid’s unreachables and build bridges back to care,” he says. “There are a lot of people who access services at homeless shelters, food pantries, churches, mobile clinics,[…..]

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Nov13

Social Enterprise Greenhouse Will Host 2019 Health & Wellness Accelerator Graduation and Pitch Night – Thursday, Dec 5, from 6:00 to 8:30 PM

Providence, R.I. (November 13, 2019) – Join Social Enterprise Greenhouse (SEG) for a festive celebration as the graduates of its 2019 Health & Wellness Accelerator complete their three-month business development journey and pitch their social ventures to an audience. The 2019 Health & Wellness Accelerator Graduation and Pitch Night takes place on December 5, 2019,[…..]

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Oct29

Bootblack Brand: A New Twist on Impact

The urge to create led Paul Kubiski out of one industry and into another. A sculptor by training, he ran his own successful graphic design studio, Firebox Creative, for 20 years. Now, as the founder of Bootblack Brand, he invents complex soda and cocktail syrups for home-based entertaining. Paul’s Cranberry Jalapeño Lime syrup was honored[…..]

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Oct01

Social Enterprise Greenhouse Seeks Social Entrepreneurs for Its 2020 Impact Accelerator Program – Applications Are Due November 1, 2019

Providence, R.I. (October 1, 2019) – Social Enterprise Greenhouse (SEG) is accepting applications for its 2020 Impact Accelerator program. Motivated and coachable social entrepreneurs who have a feasible venture and a desire to build a “do well, do good” business with high social impact are encouraged to apply. Applications are due by November 1, 2019,[…..]

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Sep25

GoPeer: Personalized Tutoring for All Students

First assemble a group of college undergrads who are eager to share their knowledge. Then introduce them to younger students who are eager to learn and improve their grades. It’s a winning mix. Out of this combination comes GoPeer, which pairs qualified college students with K-12 students for one-on-one tutoring lessons. They integrate technology with[…..]

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Sep25

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[…..]

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Sep17

Clara Health: Building a Bridge to Clinical Trials

The mission of Clara Health, founded in Providence in 2016 and now headquartered in San Francisco, is to speed up the timelines of medical clinical trials. They do this by bringing patients and researchers together. “Clinical trials are the longest and most expensive step in bringing a new treatment to market,” says Evan Ehrenberg, CEO[…..]

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Sep17

Social Enterprise Greenhouse Welcome Launch Draws Pawtucket and Central Falls Entrepreneurs

We officially launched our programming for social entrepreneurs in Pawtucket and Central Falls on September 12, and a festive crowd of business owners, city officials and community leaders gathered at Still on Main in downtown Pawtucket to help us celebrate! 

Pawtucket/Central Falls Program Director Jessica Vega welcomed everyone and thanked our hosts, Leslie and Mel Moore of Still on Main, for opening their wonderful space to us. Our featured speakers, Karen Mejias of Mindful Maia, and George Ortiz Jr of The Elisha Project, stepped up to describe their journeys as entrepreneurs. Vision, determination, grit, willingness to learn, ability to get back up after setbacks, and commitment to mission — their stories demonstrate all the qualities that are characteristic of successful social entrepreneurs. (For more, see our Q&A with Karen Mejias, who is a graduate of our 2018 Food Accelerator.)

Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate the energy of Rhode Island entrepreneurs. And thanks to La Villa Bistro for the delicious food! We had so many stimulating conversations and look forward to more. We are also grateful to the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Agency for supporting expansion of the Pawtucket/Central Falls entrepreneurial ecosystem. 

Do you have a great idea that will make the world better? We can help you grow it! Sign up here to get our enews and stay tuned for upcoming SEG programs in your community. Contact Jessica Vega directly at jvega@segreenhouse.org.

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