The Providence Design Catalyst program is a competitive grant program providing seed capital, business mentorship, professional development training, and peer-to-peer networking to help design businesses reach their growth goals.
Over $1 million invested directly into Providence design businesses ($1.3 million is program resources)
40 business mentors engaged from the RI business community
69% of participant businesses developed a new product line and/or extended their brand
62% of participant businesses extended an existing product line and/or added production
31% added staff capacity with interns, freelancers, or full-time employment
60 design businesses in total have completed this accelerator program
21% businesses received additional funding and/or mentoring from outside sources
All businesses analyzed and re-envisioned their business model and growth capacity
PROVIDENCE DESIGN CATALYST 2021 recipients
These awardees, along with volunteer mentors and instructors from our community, just kicked off a months-long immersion of peer support and expert guidance to launch their businesses to the next level. Each Design Catalyst awardee receives a dedicated mentor, up to $15,000 in seed money, and learning opportunities tailored for small design businesses in Rhode Island.
PROVIDENCE DESIGN CATALYST 2021 MENTORS
MENTOR UP-AND-COMING DESIGN TALENT
No one gets where they are going alone. Mentorship is an important way DxRI connects this community of talent. If you’re ready to give back, we’ve got some amazingly talented designers ready to learn from you. If you’re looking for some extra guidance, let us know!