Educating Entrepreneurs

RI-CIE offers a range of mentorship-driven educational programs and networking opportunities to give entrepreneurs a solid foundation in the process of successfully launching and growing an entrepreneurial venture.

RI-CIE program formats:

  • Forums: lively panel discussions and company pitches; formal networking opportunities before and after
  • Workshops: expert-led sessions targeting specific issues and challenges facing early-stage entrepreneurs
  • LunchLabs: casual lunch gatherings led by successful entrepreneurs


Program topics this season will include: making your start-up findable; analyzing market opportunities and size; business model and pricing strategies; business plan financials; convertible debt; customer development; financing your business; funding through SBIR; legal and accounting issues; management team dynamics; patents; product/market fit; scaling a business; team building and hiring; and your IP strategy.     


Below is a schedule for the 2011-2012 season:

Forums Workshops Lunchlabs
October 27 October 19 October 19
December 1 November 9 November 16
January 26 December 14 December 14
February 15 January 11 January 18
March 29 February 8 February 15
April 26 March 14 March 14

April 11 April 18