Innovating Newport


It’s been just over six months since an assemblage of shovels were ceremoniously plunged into the ground outside of the former Sheffield School on Broadway. At the time, Innovate Newport still seemed more like an idea than a place. We’ve come a long way since that April day, with each month marked by any number of tangible milestones and “firsts.”

Today marks another.

As our first blog post, I think it only makes sense to take a moment to reflect on where we’ve been and preview where we’re going.


While the Open sign may not be hanging in front of just yet, I’m thrilled to report that construction is moving along at a rapid rate and we’re currently on track for a soft opening just after the New Year.

One of Newport’s most appealing and inescapable features is its historic sense of place, and we feel that one of the most exciting features of Innovate Newport is its commitment to serving as a model for adaptive reuse. Since inception, our team has been working closely with preservation planners at the state and local level, and have striven to create a truly unique and inspiring facility that honors the building’s past, while providing access to a dynamic, modern coworking facility designed to spark innovation.


Over the coming weeks, crews will be wrapping up our exterior landscaping, while inside, walls will be getting fresh coats of paint, floors will be sanded and architectural details enhanced to complement what will be a distinctly 21st century workspace.

We’ll be sharing our construction progress here and across our social media channels. If you’d like to follow along, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Instagram and LinkedIn. And, if you’d like a tour, feel free to reach out to Tuni Schartner, our Director of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, at


Beyond the physical construction currently taking place on Broadway, we’ve also been busy building a community of innovators, disruptors, and thought-leaders.

As a longtime elementary school, our hope is that Innovate Newport will inspire our members to dream as audaciously as they did when they were kids, filling its hallways with idealism, curiosity, and comradery.

That’s why we were thrilled to join the Workbar Network last month. Not only will we be able to provide our members with an immediate link to Boston’s thriving tech scene, but we’ll also be tapping into a vibrant and proven ecosystem with endless possibilities.

If you’ve been thinking of upgrading your workspace and are interested in expanding your professional network by working alongside some incredibly inspiring entrepreneurs, then we’re genuinely looking forward to meeting you.

To get started,
• Check out our introductory membership rates
• Explore the Workbar Network
Schedule a tour
• Sign up & get really, really excited for our grand opening!


If you can’t get enough innovation speak, then we hope you can join us at a pair of upcoming events.

On Tuesday, November 13th we’ll be the featured at the November edition of Arts Around the Fire. Hosted by the Arts & Cultural Council of Newport County, this monthly gathering of creatives is always a wonderful respite from the everyday. The evening kicks off at 6:00 p.m. in the Post and Beam Room at Salvation Café.

• And later in the month, we’re super excited to be presenting a special edition of the Newport County Chamber of Commerce’s Quarterly Economic Update Luncheon as part of Salve Regina’s Blue Innovation Symposium on Wednesday, November 28th at the Cambria Hotel. If you’re not familiar with the Blue Innovation Symposium, prepare to be inspired, and stay tuned to this space for more details on how Innovate Newport is helping to position Newport as a hub for the Blue economy.