PROVIDENCE DESIGN CATALYST Celebrates 13 Providence Design Businesses at Showcase Event


PROVIDENCE DESIGN CATALYST Celebrates 13 Providence Design Businesses at Showcase Event

PROVIDENCE DESIGN CATALYST Celebrates 13 Providence Design Businesses at Showcase Event

Five-month business catalyst program culminates with presentations from businesses with city and state leaders

Providence, RI – DESIGNxRI today celebrates the culmination of the Providence Design Catalyst program with a Showcase Event on from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the Social Enterprise Greenhouse Hub, 10 Davol Square in Providence. State and business leaders, mentors and colleagues will gather to hear from the 13 Providence-based design business owners as they present their innovative businesses and discuss growth and progress they achieved through the program. Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza and Rhode Island Department of Labor &
Training Director Scott Jensen will speak at the event.

“Providence is the Creative Capital because our City is steeped in the arts and specifically design-based industries,” said Mayor Jorge O. Elorza. “Programs like the Providence Design Catalyst allow local designers to build experience, further their skills and gain recognition while growing our reputation as a thriving arts and cultural destination. Congratulations to the 2018 design business grantees in completing this important program and taking the next steps to thriving in our City!”

“I congratulate and appreciate all of the Providence Design Catalyst grantees,” said DLT Director Scott Jensen. “The design sector is a critical and thriving asset in Rhode Island, and Governor Raimondo and I are very happy to partner with Mayor Elorza and DESIGNxRI to ensure that these promising entrepreneurs can leverage the resources of Real Jobs RI, accelerate their growth and continue to create jobs in our state.”

For a second time, the Providence Design Catalyst program has invested in design businesses throughout the City. The 2018 program brought $130,000 in grant funds, mentorship and business development trainings to 13 Providence-based design businesses. A five-month milestone-based cohort experience, the Providence Design Catalyst program selects businesses after a competitive application process vetting companies for growth viability, company leadership and potential impact on the city and state’s economy. The inaugural 2016 program invested in 17 design businesses that have since added employees, shifted and expanded markets, and added product lines.

The 2018 Providence Design Catalyst grantees include ventures in video game design, AR/VR product design, bilingual educational design, apparel, jewelry and homestyle product design, sign and graphic design, interior design and design/build. Featured at the Showcase Event will be the following design businesses:

◦ Ambo Studios

◦ Functional Aesthetic Design-Build

◦ J Schatz


◦ Providence Painted Signs

◦ RA HA Jewelry

◦ Reconstructure

◦ Sawtooth Editions

◦ Sealand Design

◦ Tzu-Ju Chen Jewelry

◦ Upriver Downriver

◦ Wild Power Games

◦ Work-Shop Design Studios

“We are excited to graduate another amazing cohort of design businesses in Providence,” said Lisa Carnevale, Executive Director of DESIGNxRI. “Through the Providence Design Catalyst program, these businesses created catalyzing work that will continue to fuel their business growth for years to come. This investment is an investment in Rhode Island’s design and innovation economy, and the future business sector of our state.”

The Providence Design Catalyst program is led by DESIGNxRI and funded a Community Development Block Grant from the City of Providence’s Department of Community Development and Real Jobs RI, a program of the RI Department of Labor and Training. Program partners and advisors include RI School of Design and Aidan Petrie, co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer emeritus at Ximedica.