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Creating Connections

Over the course of its history, Slater has worked to help build and sustain a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem in Rhode Island, bringing together the state mechanisms for economic development and regional sources of capital and connecting them with the inventors and researchers with transformative technologies.

Our close connection to the world-class scientists and engineers at Brown University, the University of Rhode Island, and other Rhode Island institutions allow us to identify and encourage inventors looking to take their technologies from the lab to commercialization by providing not only the seed funding and access to venture capital, but also the business resources and venture development expertise founders may need to complement their skills.

In the Thick of the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

From the Rhode Island Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Brown to Providence-based Betaspring, to local angel investors like the Cherrystone Network, Slater works with an extensive network to bring the experience and resources of a wide and varied pool of experts to the table for each of its portfolio companies and entrepreneurs. Slater’s informal external network is complemented by more structured Slater initiatives such as:

  • Slater Interactions, our annual networking event bringing technologists, investors and entrepreneurs of all kinds together under one roof for sushi and socializing
  • Slater Entrepreneurs-in-Residence program that allows prospective founders of new ventures not only space to get started, but the guidance and in-house expertise in start-up formation that Slater provides.

Whether through angel funding from the Cherrystone Angel Group or other regional angel networks, grants from the Rhode Island Science and Technology Advisory Council, or venture capital from some of New England’s most prominent VC firms, Slater’s close working relationships with multiple funding sources allows the Fund to lead or participate in larger investment rounds in our portfolio companies where prudent plans call for larger seed rounds.

Learn More

Learn more about the Slater team, or check out the other RI resources that are forming the next-generation knowledge economy of which Slater is at the center:

Cherrystone Angel Group

Rhode Island Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Betaspring

Rhode Island Science and Technology Advisory Council