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Courtney: Hi everbody! I can’t stop talking about this because I’m so so excited: Rhode Island Inno is hosting a state of innovation event in Providence at Sprout Coworking on April 25! We’re talking health and wellness, we’re going to mingle, eat and drink, and we’re ultimately going to have a really good time. RSVP here.

The Big One

A breakdown on the week’s biggest Inno story.


Rhody Tech Madness round three has ended.

What exactly is Tech Madness, you ask? It’s a reader-driven bracket competition a la March Madness that aims to champion and highlight local startups — 32 of them, to be exact, and they’ll face off bracket-style over the next few weeks until the winner is determined. See the whole bracket here.

Closes matches abound: During this round, eNow beat VoltServer by one vote, and Upserve also edged out Care Thread by one vote.

For the next round, there is one No. 1 seed left (Upserve) that will face off with No. 4 Sproutel. And No. 6 seeds EpiVax and eNow will duke it out in the finals.

Make sure to get those votes IN!

Read the full story here. Get all our Rhode Island Inno stories here.

Making Moves

Inside the people, companies and organizations shaking things up this week.

Amazon HQ2 
The Rhode Island Commerce Corporation released its Amazon HQ2 proposal in response to the Providence Journal’s Access to Public Records Act complaint, the Providence Journal reports. Details from the proposal included the team’s hope to bring the HQ2 into Providence’s “Superman Building.”

Ride hailing company Uber has acquired bike-sharing startup JUMP, which will be coming to Providence later in 2018, Tech Crunch reports. The final price of the sale was close to $200M, the report states.

In The Know

The Inno stories (and more) you need to read today.

Health Officials: Prison Program Helps Lower RI Overdose Deaths — Providence Journal

R.I. Awards $1.3 Million to URI for Health Care Workforce Training — Providence Business News

Here’s How To Check If Your Facebook Data Was Misused By Cambridge Analytica — BuzzFeed News

What Smartphone Photography is Doing to Our Memories — Vox

New Money

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 reportsNextech 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


It speaks for itself. 

Happy Happy
Lighthearted news this afternoon: the bumper cars at Kennedy Plaza have gotten harder tires to work on the rink’s concrete this summer. The fun will continue, guys. Sometimes, it’s the little things. 

Featured Jobs

Featured startup and tech jobs on Rhode Island Inno’s new Careers Directory.

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Meet The Authors

Courtney Gabrielson

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