Posted by: Providence Chamber of Commerce | May 6, 2011

Joseph Escobar and Kyle from RISD's Second Life talk about thier social venture.

More ideas are coming out of the Rhode Island Change Accelerator!

It’s was so inspiring to be surrounded by some of the state’s most innovative social entrepreneurs at last night’s Change Accelerator Launch Party.

The event gave me the opportunity to hear from the second round of program participants. From stone based jewelry creations, to a program that connects people with refurbished bikes, a student-organized effort to recycle and reuse art supplies and even a program that creates renewable energy from the diversion waste resources throughout the state.

These truly are individuals with innovative solutions to society’s most pressing social problems!

The Chamber is proud to be a supporter of the Knowledge Economy efforts of the local entrepreneurial community, and specifically its newest sector of social ventures.

We are excited to have supported the first class of the Change Accelerator with Innovation Providence Implementation grant funding, and to have most recently sponsored the RI Innovation Hub on the show floor of the Rhode Island Business Expo (RIBX).

Providence can be the social enterprise capital of the world. As a community, we need to continue to invest in and support this ambitious and persistent group of entrepreneurs as they are tackling the major social issues and offering new ideas for wide-scale change.

Click here to see the find out more about the Change Accelerator.

Janet Raymond, SVP Economic Development and Operations

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