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Founders’ Dinners

RESERVE YOUR SPOT NOW for the 2024 Cohort

Founders’ Dinners are a place where startup founders in tech industries come together to share, learn, and connect. The Founders’ Dinners Cohort meets bi- monthly over dinner. These growth-oriented founders share – in a completely confidential setting – the challenges and rewards of entrepreneurship, and how it impacts both their professional and personal lifestyles. Each dinner is comprised of the Founders and a Guest Mentor, who leads a facilitated discussion on a specific monthly topic.

In 2024, there will be three cohorts in two different locations: at Innovate Newport, in Newport RI and at the Herreshoff Marine Museum in Bristol, RI.

If you are interested in being a part of the 2024 Founders Dinner Cohort, please submit an Interest Form HERE.

For more information about the Founders Dinner Program, contact Mollie Williams at Mollie@newportchamber.com

Industry Spotlight Series

Innovate Newport’s newly launched Industry Spotlight Events Series is designed to showcase and support the diverse industrial landscape of Rhode Island.

This series brings together a broad spectrum of participants, ranging from established companies and mid-market businesses, to startups, service providers, investors, and supply chain partners. Each event is focused on a specific industry with local commercial relevance.

A core objective of the series is to introduce early-stage and emerging growth companies to professionals in their commercial ecosystem who can improve both the odds of success, and the magnitude of that success. By facilitating networking among a diverse group of industry leaders, investors, advisors, academics, prospective employees, students, and members of the community, we can help support local companies at a critical stage in their evolution.

Events will feature panel discussions with industry experts, free startup exhibitor tables (apply if interested), and Q&A with investors, expert professional partners, and many others.

Dates & Topics:

February 15, 2024 - Food & Beverage
March 14, 2024 – MedTech/NEMIC in Newport   

May 23, 2024 – Energy Tech
July 25, 2024 – Defense Industry
October 10, 2024 – Material Science & Composites

November 7, 2024 – Software & Business Services

To Register: click HERE

For detailed information about these events, click HERE.

Introducing “Blue Tech Talks“: a summer Lunch & Learn Program designed to immerse audiences in the innovative world of ocean-inspired technology. Featuring leaders of BlueTech companies at various stages of growth, this series of tech talks promises to enlighten, educate, and inspire.

Each episode of “Blue Tech Talks” invites a different executive to share their journey, unveiling the fascinating backstory behind their company and the innovative technology they’ve developed. From cutting-edge ocean monitoring systems to autonomous ship hull cleaning systems, every presentation delves into the details of how these visionary leaders are shaping the future of our blue planet.

But “Blue Tech Talks” is more than just a showcase of technology; it’s a platform for meaningful dialogue and collaboration. Following each talk, attendees have the opportunity to engage with the founders directly, asking questions, sharing insights, and fostering connections within the BlueTech community.

Whether you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, a tech enthusiast, or simply curious about the future of our oceans, “Blue Tech Talks” invites you to join the conversation and be a part of the movement towards a more sustainable and technologically advanced blue economy.

When: Wednesdays from 12-1 pm

Where: Innovate Newport


  • July 10, 17, 24 & 31, 2024 
  • Aug. 7 & 14, 2024

To Register: Event Calendar

We encourage attendees to bring their lunch, purchase lunch at The Simple Merchant Coffee Shop on the lower level, or access the food truck.

*Blue Tech Talks is a Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce program in partnership with Innovate Newport.


Don’t miss a thing – check out all the exciting events coming up at Innovate Newport!

Innovate Newport
513 Broadway, Newport, R.I. 02840
(401) 302-3370

Innovate Newport is a collaborative initiative between the City of Newport, Newport County Development Council (the non-profit 501(c)3 arm of the Newport County Chamber of Commerce) and The Economic Development Foundation of Rhode Island.

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