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State of Innovation: R.I.’s ecosystem for entrepreneurs shows resilience

For the developers of Pointz, a navigation app geared toward safer routes for cyclists, Rhode Island offered a wealth of mentoring and networking opportunities, with accelerators, pitch contests and Brown University’s entrepreneurship center helping the startup on the path to an official launch earlier this year. It was finding capital that they thought was going…


RightHill Ventures Commits $1.5 Million to Slater-Backed Drug Discovery Company

New Fund Participates in Series A Financing for URI-Based MindImmune, Developer of a Novel Treatment for Neuroinflammatory Conditions Such as Alzheimer’s Disease PROVIDENCE, RI – June 21, 2022 –RightHill Ventures, dedicated to providing seed-stage capital and other startup support to university-based ventures, today announced that it has committed a total of $1.5 million in a financing round totaling…


Slater Sushi & Networking: Starring this year’s B-Lab entrepreneurs

Join Slater, RightHill Ventures, and the Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship for a special summer sushi networking event celebrating the participants of the Nelson Center’s venture accelerator, the Breakthrough Lab (B-Lab). Hear pitches from these young entrepreneurs, learn about the new RighHill Ventures fund, and mingle with founders, investors, technologists and other members of the region’s entrepreneur community.


An R.I. Investor Targeting University-Based, Research-Driven Ventures

“Thorne Sparkman, the managing director of Slater Technology Fund, was already in tune with the entrepreneurial talent in Rhode Island. Slater Technology, the state’s oldest and said to be the most active seed-stage investment fund, provides capital to early-stage technology startups that can demonstrate high-growth potential. But this year, Sparkman founded RightHill Ventures, backed by…


New Seed-Stage Capital Fund Launches for RI Universities

“As a managing director at the Slater Technology Fund, one of Rhode Island’s oldest seed-stage investment funds, Thorne Sparkman knows that the state’s universities are a hotbed of innovation and burgeoning technology. To target and support university research-driven ventures and founders, Sparkman was recently tapped to help lead Slater’s new RightHill Ventures fund.” Read the…


Noted Scientist Nancy Ryan Gray and Brown University Engineering Dean Lawrence Larson Join the Slater Board; Larson Named Chair

New Appointees Bring Critical Insight into the Commercialization of University-Based Research Providence, R.I. – March 8, 2022 – The Slater Technology Fund, Rhode Island’s oldest and most active seed-stage investment fund, today announced that Nancy Ryan Gray, Ph.D., president and CEO of the Gordon Research Conferences (GRC), and Lawrence Larson, Ph.D., who will be stepping…

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