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Virtual Event: Companies That are Thriving During the Pandemic

  • 13 Oct 2020
  • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Google Meet


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Companies That are Thriving During the Pandemic

In the past 6 months, the pandemic has exposed weak spots in our supply chains and fragility in our travel and hospitality industries, with the result that business closures have become a frequent and unwelcome occurrence on the South Coast. For some, however, the shut-down and move online have led to tremendous opportunities and the potential to grow and scale quickly. In this showcase, we highlight two businesses that have shown creativity, resilience, and intestinal fortitude throughout the crisis. Join us on October 13th as these companies share their good news, walk us through how they are navigating an unexpected growth period, and describe how they plan on sustaining themselves as the pandemic wears on and (hopefully) wanes.

Allyson Cote is co-founder and CEO of Ocean State Shields, a new company that formed during the pandemic and is has been on an exciting journey for the past few months.

Layne Mayer is the Director of Growth at Amerisewn, a company that has leveraged its made in Rhode Island heritage to design and manufacture goods.

Aiden Riley is a cofounder of FarmLink, Farmlink Project is fiscally sponsored by Food Finders to connect farm with surplus produce to food banks. 

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Discussion Panelists 

Dr. Steven Bondonaro

Chief Scientist at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Newport Northeast Tech Bridge Regional Director

Alf Carroll 

Alf Carroll is the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Black Belt at Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) where he specializes in new technology program insertion.

Ramprasad Balasubramanian

Vice Provost for Research and Academic Affairs at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Leslie-Ann McGee

Asst. Director for the Consortium of Marine Robotics at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution 

Jerry Sgobbo

Co-Founder at Dive Technologies, Quincy, Massachusetts, United States 

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