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NEW: RallyRI’s FACES of Social Venture Launches Thursday

Wednesday, January 16, 2013


Interested in startups that do good? Want to meet some of them?

Stop by Providence's Friendship Cafe on Thursday, January 17, at 6pm, to kick off FACES of Social Venture, a monthly meet up created by RallyRI  for entrepreneurs working in social ventures. This new series will offer individuals and organizations pursuing social ventures a community-led platform for sharing ideas and connecting. This event is free, but registration required online, here.

"Too often we don’t even know about the cool projects going on right next door to us," said Melissa Withers, a lead partner on the RallyRI project. "These new meetups are meant to give several of Rhode Island's talent communities a sustained and community-led platform for sharing ideas and connecting. Strengthening the awareness and connections across talent and ventures is the best way to pour gas on the startup fire."

Presenting Thursday: Khalil Fuller + NBA Math Hoops

This month, FACES' "firestarter" presenter will be Khalil Fuller of NBA Math Hoops. NBA Math Hoops makes math fun for youth and keeps them engaged in school. Fuller is an African American National Merit Scholar, an Echoing Green Black Male Achievement Fellow, and a winner of MassChallenge - the world's largest startup competition. He has also been named to the Under30CEO list for the Greater Boston Area.

The face behind FACES: Kelly Ramirez

RallyRI has enlisted the help of Kelly Ramirez to launch FACES. Kelly Ramirez is the executive director of Social Enterprise Ecosystem Economic Development (SEEED), the umbrella organization that's inspired, grown, and sustained over 130 successful social enterprises. If you've driven past the technicolor freight stack off of Route 10, you've snuck a glimpse at the shared incubator space that houses SEEED and its umbrella programs including Rhode Island's Change Accelerator program. Under Ramirez's leadership, SEEED, formally known as Social Venture Partners Rhode Island (SVPRI), has been recognized as one of the nation's most vibrant social venture support organizations.


RallyRI is a project, funded through the RI Innovation Fellowship, to spark a startup revolution in Rhode Island through the state's "world class talent communities in Art & Design, Food & Beverage, Social Impact, and Advanced Manufacturing." The project is led by Allan Tear.

FACES will be held the third Thursday of every month.

FACES of Social Enterprise featuring Khalil Fuller of NBA Math Hoops, Thursday, January 17, 6-8pm. The Friendship Cafe, 500 Broad St, Providence.


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