Celebrating Our Fall 2020 Impact Accelerator Grads!

SEG’s brand new cohort of 17 social ventures hit it out of the park at our Fall 2020 Impact Accelerator Graduation + Pitch Night on January 13, presenting engaging pitches and compelling asks to an audience of nearly 150 zoomed-in attendees. The event kicked off with warm welcomes from SEG CEO Kelly Ramirez and RI Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea, along with words of support from guest speaker Blaine Carroll, VP of Strategic Initiatives for Delta Dental. RI Treasurer Seth Magaziner offered closing appreciation and congratulations and appreciation to everyone.

Four graduating social ventures were recognized with special awards.

  • The FLY Initiative, SEG Equity Award sponsored by SEG
  • Root Literacy Design, SEG Equity Award sponsored by Breakthrough Financial Services
  • Luna Community Care, First Place, SEG Health & Wellness Award sponsored by Delta Dental
  • Ram Head Sports, Second Place, SEG Health & Wellness Award sponsored by Delta Dental

We have so many people to thank! We are grateful to our network of coaches and instructors for providing expert support to our entrepreneurs throughout their 12-week Accelerator journey. We also thank our program sponsors, who make this work possible: Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training’s Back to Work RI Initiative, Delta Dental, Newman’s Own Foundation, the U.S. Economic Development Administration, and the Island Foundation.

Meet our graduating ventures below!

Astrodime LLC offers yard education and permaculture solutions to invasive species and weeds. We see the yard as an ecosystem, not just a collection of plants. Our consulting helps you think strategically about your backyard.
Sam Smiley (they/them/theirs) | elhandydandy@gmail.com

EmTech Care Labs develops daily care management technologies for independent living and aging in place, including Care-Wallet, a mobile and web-based software to help family caregivers collaboratively manage the financial and healthcare aspects of in-home eldercare and provide timely and cost-effective long-term care.
Aarabi Balasubramanian | carelabs@emtechgrowth.com

Includesign is a Rhode Island based product design company with the goal of creating products that empower individuals with disabilities around the world. Our first product, the LapSnap, is a versatile, adaptive basket designed with and for wheelchair users.
Diana Perkins | thelapsnap@gmail.com

iNERDE Inc. intends to fill the gap between the skills needed to succeed in the modern world and the skills being taught in most schools in Africa. We address Africa’s pressing need for effective STEAM education through curriculum development and dissemination, as well as provide professional development for teachers.
Mohamed Kante | mtkante@iNERDE.org

LUNA Community Care is a disabled workers cooperative that provides caregiving solutions, case management, crisis support, co-working space, and access to an online and in-person mutual aid and community care group, Village Nurture, for disabled caregivers and children in Rhode Island.
Casey Gallagher, LMHC | lunacommunitycare@gmail.com

My Grandson is founded on the values of compassion, care, and good, honest work within communities. We are a concierge and delivery service providing grocery and general pickup and delivery, cleaning, pet care, and yard work. Founded during the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, our team is comprised of recent college graduates dedicated to helping those most affected by assisting with daily tasks and creating meaningful interactions.
Ned Roosevelt | ned@mygrandsonconcierge.com

Omena is a nonprofit organization that seeks to break the cycle of emotional abuse within families and communities through support, education and advocacy. We empower children and young adults with the social and emotional intelligence tools to nurture a generation with greater self-esteem and inner strength.
Francesca Raoelison | info@o-mena.com

Otraway helps clients level up their marketing through branded products, promotions and strategic relationship building to foster a vibrant community.
Amanda Mottola | amanda@otraway.com

Outsider Collective is an artist community and gallery space located in the Hope Artiste Village in Pawtucket, R.I. Our mission is to build community and belonging through art and unity for every ability. We focus on providing opportunities to artists living with differing abilities to work alongside artists of every ability.
Jessica Angelone + Carrie Hyde | outsidercollective401@gmail.com

PAWS Pet Grooming is committed to creating an environment of kindness and compassion through delivering exceptional service while respecting the needs of our employees, our customers and their pets, and the greater community. At PAWS, we aim to inspire a sense of community around our love of pets and transform that love into greater social impact.
David O’Connor | pawsgroomingri@gmail.com


Ram Head Sports is a sports protection apparel company with our own unique patented padded products designed to protect athletes by reducing the force of an impact.
John Lopes | john@ramheadsports.com

Root Literacy Design works with educators to empower teachers by growing evidence-based literacy practices within their own setting through consulting and coaching-centered training.
Heather Ballantine | hballantine@rootliteracydesign.com

Social Skills in Motion is a holistic center for young people that provides therapeutic interventions through sports and movement based programming and supportive services to enhance social emotional development in marginalized communities in NYC. We are committed to person centered and strength based learning, putting our young people at the forefront of their own development. 
Sara Czworniak + Giana Quinterno | socialskillsinmotion@gmail.com

The FLY Initiative (Financial Literacy Youth) addresses the issues of disparities in financial literacy resources, cultural inequities and family engagement challenges through a culturally responsive financial literacy program. Grounded in the value of experiential learning, the program features a holistic multi-generational approach to financial wellness and understanding financial literacy concepts.
Marcy Reyes | mreyes@flyinitiative.org

Urban Perinatal Education Center provides comprehensive best practice and culturally appropriate perinatal health and wellness education to those who need it most and are adversely impacted by poor health outcomes in their reproductive life course. Located in Providence to address the lack of community-led, based, and placed information for families, UPEC is a community responsive initiative of Our Journ3i. 
Quatia Osorio | journ3i@gmail.com

Your Story offers multi-disciplinary self-development programs, facilitating development of wellbeing and performance practices that allow individuals to realize their purpose and live a fulfilled life.
Matthew Eriksen + Ariel Galipeau | yourstorycommunity@gmail.com