Cherrystone partners with groups that offer support to early stage ventures.



NEMIC provides expert support to innovators and entrepreneurs in the medical technologies space. They draw on an extensive network, implement curated workshops, facilitate clinical access, connect with investors, and provide a co-working space to help harness creativity and productivity.  

Learn more about NEMIC here.



MassChallenge is a global network of zero-equity startup accelerators. Headquartered in the United States with locations in Boston, Israel, Mexico, Rhode Island, Switzerland, and Texas, MassChallenge is committed to strengthening the global innovation ecosystem by supporting high-potential startups across all industries, from anywhere in the world. To date, more than 1,900MassChallenge alumni have raised more than $4 billion in funding, generated more than $2.5 billion in revenue, and created more than 120,000 total jobs.

Learn more about MassChallenge here.


Social enterprise Greenhouse

Social Enterprise Greenhouse (SEG) serves social entrepreneurs in Rhode Island and accessible markets who are exploring, launching, and growing businesses to achieve social and environmental impact as well as economic growth. We offer a menu of services for every stage of business development and create a supportive ecosystem for do well, do good entrepreneurs. We do so in collaboration with our community partners and our volunteer network of over 300 business and community leaders who contribute their time, expertise and funding to grow Rhode Island’s social impact ecosystem.

Learn more about SEG here.



The Slater Technology Fund is an evergreen not-for-profit seed fund dedicated to supporting new venture development in Rhode Island. More than two decades ago, Slater launched a platform for seed-stage investing in Rhode Island; today, the organization remains the most active seed-stage investor in the state. Slater has invested in hundreds of technology ventures in the region, achieving multiple exits while also generating economic impact returns in the form of high-wage jobs. 

Learn more about Slater here. 

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VENTURE mentoring service of rI

Venture Mentoring Service of RI is a nonprofit providing experienced, unbiased business advice at no cost to entrepreneurs operating in Rhode Island. Modeled after MIT's VMS program, VMS of RI delivers unconditional business guidance by a dedicated team of qualified, volunteer mentors to entrepreneurs from any industry, and at any stage of development -- from idea to mature venture. Owners/founders who are serious about growing their business are welcome to apply to VMS of RI.

Learn more about VMS of RI here.