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The DxRI Launch Program* is a 6 week program designed to jump start your creative business! Through our 5 Core Business Workshops and 3 Group Coaching Sessions, you’ll get the basics on everything you need to know to create a foundation for your business to grow, from Visioning, Pricing, Marketing, to the Legal Side. Whether you’re just getting started, or still dreaming one-day-business-baby – this program is for you!

* Formally known as Providence Pre-Catalyst, which ran in 2023.

5 Business Workshops + Homework throughout | 3 Group Coaching Sessions | 1 Final Celebration!

Who is this program for?

This program is specifically designed for:

  • Creative individuals or designers who are working on, or have an idea for, an innovative product or service they want to sell.
  • Innovators who see a problem or gap in the market they know they can solve through design.
  • Individuals who want to start their own creative or design business for personal growth and fulfillment.
  • See eligibility requirements below


The April 2024 DxRI Launch Program is grant funded through the City of Providence. Participants must be able to prove that they meet these criteria for eligibility:

  • Participating businesses must be a commercial enterprises. Student-owned businesses or nonprofits are not eligible. Part-time students may participate.
  • Participants must live in the City of Providence (must be able to submit proof of residence).
  • If a participant already has a business, it must be located in the City of Providence.
  • Participants must be low-to-moderate income, defined as total household income that equals or is below the household-size based income limits for Providence (see below).
  • Full-attendance is required of participants from April 8, 2024 to May 20, 2024.  
2024 Class Schedule+


Date & Time Class Location
Mon, April 8th | 6-9 PM Workshop #1 ‒ Visioning Your Business In-person
Mon, April 15th | 6-9 PM Workshop #2 ‒ Product Design & Development In-person
Sat, April 20th | Time TBD Coaching Session #1
Mon, April 29th | 6-8 PM Workshop #3 ‒ Pricing your Product In-person
Mon, May 6th | 6-9 PM Workshop #4 ‒ Marketing 101 Virtual
Sat, May 11th | Time TBD Coaching Session #2
Mon, May 13th | 6-9 PM Workshop #5 The Legal Side + Business Basics Virtual
Sat, May 18th | Time TBD Coaching Session #3
Mon, May 20th | Time TBD Wrap Up & Celebration! In-person


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