local & national resources

• Entrepreneurial spirit is inherent to RISD students & alumni.
• Be informed of entrepreneurial opportunities through these resources.
• Take advantage of workshops, events, seminars & bootcamps.

RISD Entrepreneur Newsletter

• Highlights entrepreneurial workshops, events, resources & opportunities available to RISD students and those who have joined our listserv.
• Want to be added to our listserv. Send your email address to:
Alan Tracy at atracy@risd.edu

RISD conferences, bootcamps & seminars

RISD Entrepreneur Mindshare - Website, Videos & Resources

NYFA Artist Bootcamp

Art of Business Bootcamp


• RISDmade provides a central collection of alumni-produced art and design, a platform on which to market alumni brands and create a broader community in which RISD alumni, business owners and customers alike can connect.

regional resources

Regional Resources for Entrepreneurs
• Detailed listing of 50+ organizations & resources for entrepreneurs to access in the Providence & Rhode Island area.

RI Biz Builder
• Designed to help entrepreneurs navigate the landscape of business supports in Rhode Island. It features dozens of RI organizations offering services to help entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses.

Commerce RI Business Navigator
• The RI Commerce Corporation online portal helps businesses navigate the public sector, find financing vehicles, utilize state incentives, and find resources.

10,000 Small Businesses RI
• Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is a program that helps small businesses grow and create jobs by providing them with greater access to education, financial capital and business-support services.

Entrepreneur Providence
• Site provides key information on resources, educational opportunities, funding sources, and overall connectivity in and around Providence.

• SCORE provides FREE, confidential counseling to small businesses. They are a volunteer organization of business professionals with experience in all aspects of business management.

• Providence-based mentorship-driven startup accelerator program for young technology and design entrepreneurs.

Providence Geeks
• Helps Rhode Island’s digital innovators connect, collaborate, and ultimately make the City-State and its geeks info-technology leaders.

Social Enterprise Greenhouse
• SE Greenhouse provides a comprehensive support system to inspire, start, grow, and sustain successful social enterprises.

CWE - Center for Women & Enterprise
• CWE offers education, training, technical assistance and access to debt and equity capital to entrepreneurs at every stage of development.

The Providence Lady Project
• The PVD Lady Project connects, inspires and showcases awesome women doing amazing things in Providence through membership, events and community engagement.

RI Small Business Development Center
• The Small Business Development Center provides entrepreneurs with best fit resources to create, transform and grow their businesses.

Social Innovation Initiative - Swearer Center - Brown University
• Promotes an open culture of collaborative learning and community impact with programming focused in venture development.

Brown Summer Innovation B-Lab
• The B-Lab is an eight-week experiential, immersive program in entrepreneurial leadership open to Brown and RISD students.

Brown University Entrepreneurship Program
• Brown EP is a student-run organization that acts as the extra-curricular side to entrepreneurial learning.

PechaKucha Providence
• PechaKucha is as an event for young designers to meet, network, & show their work in public. PechaKucha nights take place in Providence.

Business Innovation Factory
• BIF host an annual conference & focuses on solving major problems in areas like healthcare, education and energy independence.

Rhode Island Business Plan Competition
• The RI-Biz Plan Competition, open to everyone, seeks to promote entrepreneurship & development of start-up & early stage companies.

Hatch RI
• Hatch Entrepreneurial Center is a co-work space for passionate professionals, curious creators, and future business leaders of Rhode Island.

Greenhorn Connect
• Builds connections within the Boston entrepreneur ecosystem through increased awareness of opportunities & their excellent newsletter.

Techstars Boston
• Techstars provides significant seed funding, intensive mentorship, and an amazing network of mentors and alumni for 7-10% equity in companies.

regional incubators, accelerators, & competitions

Brown/RISD Summer B-Lab

Social Enterprise Greenhouse

Tinker Bristol


RI Innovation Fellowship

Providence Design Catalyst Grant

RI Business Plan Competition

Center for Women and Enterprise Business Challenge

Get Started RI


Techstars Boston

national resources

Google Tools For Entrepreneurs
• Google Tools for Entrepreneurs provides free weekly video lessons ranging from business, marketing, and tech classes taught by leading experts.

Design for America
• DFA is a nationwide network of interdisciplinary student teams, including RISD/Brown, using design to create local & social impact.

Creative StartUps
• Creative-Startups provides an intensive course in Creative Entrepreneurship, connections with creative entrepreneurs, and access to investors.

NYFA Arts Business Incubator
• The NYFA ABI explores the best practices associated with running a startup in the arts. Participants receive coaching, mentoring, and subsidized professional services.

New Inc.
• The first museum-led incubator is a shared workspace and professional development program designed to support creative practitioners working in the areas of art, technology, and design.

Venture for America
• VFA is a program for talented grads to spend 2 years in the trenches of a start-up with the goal to revitalize American cities.

Design Entrepreneur NYC
• DENYC is a program for emerging fashion designers in NYC to participate in a free "mini-MBA" to gain business skills and cash awards for their business.

Startup Weekend
• A global network of passionate entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate, and empower individuals, teams & communities.

The Startup Guide
• The Guide gives advice for future entrepreneurs who want to build a big company while creating sustainable value for society at-large.

• Whether you’re an engineer, artist, financial wizard, or entrepreneur, Upstart believes the most important startup is you.

500 Startups
• 500 Startups provides early-stage companies with up to $250K & helps them succeed in ways other venture firms do not.

Designer Fund
• The Designer Fund is an angel fund of designers which provides angel funding, mentorship, & connections to entrepreneurial designers.

Think Big
• Think Big partners with top schools and students to help start ups recruit high level talent in tech and creative roles.

online career library - business & freelance links

RISDENTREPRENEUR - Business & Freelance Info
• 200+ sites for entrepreneurship, business, freelance, & marketing.