Your weekly funding roundup.
High School Students
Lt. Gov. Dan McKee has announced the launch of a business pitch competition for local high school students, titled the Lt. Governor Entrepreneurship Challenge, Providence Buisness News reports. Winners would receive $9K in scholarship prizes in an effort to encourage fledging entrepreneurs.
American Cancer Society
Local jewelry company Alex and Ani has raised more than $1M in funds for the American Cancer Society via its “Charity By Design”line, Providence Business News reports.
Habro Children’s Hospital
During the Hasbro Children’s Hospital’s 14th annual Radiothon fundraiser, it raised more than $422K during the program’s 15 hours, Providence Business News reports.
New England Roundup
The week’s biggest news from the region.
MIT delta v accelerator grad Infinite Cooling has won nearly $500K in cash and prizes at the Rice Business Plan Competition in Houston, BostInno reports. The comapny came in first among 42 companies.
New Haven-based biotech company Arvinas Therapeuticshas raised a $55M in Series C funding, Axios’s Pro Rata newsletter reports. Nextech Invest led the round, with participation from Cannan Partners, Sirona Capital and others.
Rhody Innovator Spotlight
A space for an exceptional mover-and-shaker to shine.
Geeks Unite: How This PVD Group Brings Techies Together
Rhode Island Inno contributor Bram Berkowitz is at it again, profiling some of the best and brightest in the Ocean State. This time, he spoke with Brian Jepson to get the origin story on the Providence Geeks, as well as better understand its mission, goals and influence.
“We are not so much an organization, but an informal collection of people that like to get together once a month,” Jepson explained.
Read the full story here.
In The Community
The events and happenings to know this week and beyond.
Cryptocurrency and Blockchain 101
Join the RI Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Association for this discussion on new finance, investing and more pertinent topics at UMass Dartmouth Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Fall River on April 12 at 5:30 p.m. RSVP here.
Activism in the Arts Talk and Workshop
Head to the Metcalf Auditorium at the Chace Center/RISD Museumon Monday, April 16 to hear Native American poet and environmental activist Allison Adelle Hedge Coke speak on activism in the arts, titled “Measuring Up.” It will explore “creative ways in balancing innovation and activism,” among other relevant topics. The event begins at 7:00 p.m. Get more information here.
Health and Wellness Inno
Rhode Island Inno is hosting a state of innovation event in Providence at Sprout Coworking on April 25. Join us at 5:30 p.m. for mingling, libations and a panel discussion with local experts on the state of health and wellness innovation Rhody. RSVP here.
This Isn’t All
Good news: The newest Rhode Island tech & startup event listings are out in the April edition of our Rhode Island Inno Approved calendar.
Elsewhere in Inno
Stories from around the Inno network we think you’ll dig.
This Chicago Company Is Giving Free Sexual Harassment Training to Startups — Chicago Inno
What Keeps D.C. Tech’s CEOs up at Night? [Guest Post] — DC Inno
Beer-Delivery Startup Taps Minnesota’s Love for Craft Brews — Minne Inno