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Social Enterprise Greenhouse and the Swearer Center at Brown University Partner on Social Innovation Fellowship

Students participating in a three-year Social Innovation Fellowship offered by Social Enterprise Greenhouse and the Swearer Center are (from left) Elvia Perez, Kimberly Collins, Francesca Raoelison, Priya Mittal, Olivia Tulkoff, and Madison Bates (not pictured, Sam Caplan). Providence, RI (September 11, 2019) — Social Enterprise Greenhouse (SEG) and the Swearer Center for Public Service at[…..]

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

Providence, R.I. (August 27, 2019) – Social Enterprise Greenhouse (SEG) is accepting applications for its 2020 Food Accelerator program. Motivated and coachable social entrepreneurs who have a feasible food venture and a desire to build a “do well, do good” business with high social impact are encouraged to apply. Applications are due on October 1,[…..]

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Hope’s Harvest RI: Gleaning Fields for Hunger Relief

Eva Agudelo knows farms and farmers. From her early work in Bellingham, Washington, administering a program that paid farmers to grow food for hunger relief agencies, to her current position as founding director of Hope’s Harvest RI, Eva has been at the center of systems that focus on connecting hungry people with fresh, local food.[…..]

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Reentry Campus Program: Committed to Education

Twenty years ago, when Rhode Island native James Monteiro was incarcerated in Baltimore, he read a news article that set him on the path to a changed life. The story was about a young man who had gone from being an inmate at the RI Adult Correctional Institution to being a Brown University graduate on[…..]

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AS220 Industries: Increasing Creativity

AS220 has been a resource for creativity in Providence since 1985 and has continued to grow ever since. Starting with an operating budget of $800 in a one-room space, AS220 now owns several commercial and residential properties throughout Providence that promote artistic expression. A major part of the organization is AS220 Industries, a collection of community[…..]

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NaloxBox: Saving Lives One Box at a Time

A specialist in pediatric emergency medicine, Dr. Geoff Capraro has been  teaching medical students, residents, and fellows at Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University since 2010. About three years ago,  in response to the growing opioid epidemic within Rhode Island and around the country, Capraro founded NaloxBox with Claudia Rebola, a professor of industrial[…..]

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Empower Spinal Cord Injury: Enabling More-Independent Lives

Occupational therapist Elizabeth Lima Remillard and physical therapists Carinne Callahan and Jessica Goodine founded Empower Spinal Cord Injury in 2010 to help individuals who have experienced a spinal cord injury live happier, more meaningful, and more independent lives. Since 2012 they have offered a multi-week summer residential program that combines a holistic mix of physical[…..]

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One Gun Gone: A Youth Project in Art and Social Engagement

In September 2015, Scott Lapham founded One Gun Gone as an art and engagement project to raise awareness about gun violence. A Providence-based fine art and commercial photographer and a teaching artist who is passionate about making art with young people, Scott had firsthand knowledge of the despair and destructiveness that gun violence brings to[…..]

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Social Enterprise Greenhouse Launches Newport Programming

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There was food, drink, and socializing at our Newport Open House!

A festive crowd of nearly 60 friends, partners, and local entrepreneurs gathered with Social Enterprise Greenhouse at Innovate Newport on June 27 to celebrate the launch of our Newport programming! SEG CEO Kelly Ramirez kicked off the event with a warm welcome and introduced Newport Program Director Juan Carlos Payero. Featured speakers included Newport mayor Jamie Bova, Steve Heath of FabNewport, Bari Freedman of BikeNewportRI, Maureen Cronin of Worldways Social Marketing, Kate Cantwell of Working Cities Newport, and Sarah Atkins, Community Resilience Specialist for the City of Newport.

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Thank you to everyone for being with us and making the evening special. We are also grateful to the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Agency and the Van Beuren Charitable Foundation for supporting expansion of the Newport entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Do you have an idea that will have a positive impact on the world? We can help you grow it! Come visit us at Innovate Newport or contact Juan Carlos Payero at

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Social Enterprise Greenhouse Seeks Entrepreneurs for Its 2019 Health & Wellness Accelerator Program – Applications Are Due July 15

Providence, R.I. (June 19, 2019) – Social Enterprise Greenhouse (SEG) is accepting applications for its 2019 Health & Wellness Accelerator program for ‘Do Well, Do Good’ businesses. Motivated and coachable social entrepreneurs with an early-stage health and wellness social impact venture are encouraged to apply. Applications are due on July 15, 2019. The Health &[…..]

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