Join Social Enterprise Greenhouse (SEG) for a festive celebration as the graduates of its 2019 Health & Wellness Accelerator complete their three-month business development journey and pitch their social ventures to an audience. The 2019 Health & Wellness Accelerator Graduation and Pitch Night takes place on December 5, 2019, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the SEG Hub (10 Davol Square, Suite #100, Providence). Food and beverages will be served, and the event is free and open to all. Registration is available at

Social Enterprise Greenhouse’s Accelerator is the organization’s signature venture development program. It features a 12-week blended learning experience that provides social entrepreneurs with the tools, networks, and resources to further validate their venture, understand their customer, and formalize growth strategies from fundraising to social impact measurement. Additional value is provided by one-on-one business coaching, a peer cohort model, and access to SEG’s coworking space. The 2019 Health & Wellness Accelerator started in September and will graduate a cohort of 12 social ventures.

“It’s been an honor to work with the entrepreneurs in our 2019 Health & Wellness Accelerator and see the significant progress they have made in growing their businesses in the past twelve weeks,” said SEG CEO Kelly Ramirez. “Thanks to our generous funders, and our network of coaches, advisors, and workshop instructors, we’ve had the opportunity to help them gain knowledge and tools to grow their ventures, increase their social impact, and achieve financial sustainability. We are excited to see how they continue to grow, create good jobs, and strengthen the health and well-being of our community.”

The purpose of the SEG Health & Wellness Accelerator is to help create more successful, sustainable “do well do good” businesses, leading to healthier communities for all. The 2019 Health & Wellness Accelerator is funded in part by the RI Department of Labor and Training’s Real Jobs RI initiative, Newman’s Own Foundation, and Delta Dental of Rhode Island. 

Social ventures graduating from SEG’s 2019 Health & Wellness Accelerator:

ASTRO (Arts, Sports, and Technology Resource Organization) was founded to champion equity among diverse populations by innovating health promoting programs that improve the way people live, learn, work, and play. Founder: Justin Pasquazzi of Cranston

Bird & Bee provides integrative health coaching support, education and healthcare connections focusing on preconception health for natural conceptions and conceptions utilizing medical assistance. Founder: Kate Issa Naranjo of Providence

The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health (The CSPH) provides medically accurate, LGBTQIA+ affirming, and pleasure guided sex therapy, education, and professional training. Executive Director: Alicia Gauvin of Cranston

Dementia Training for Life is a healthcare education company specializing in evidence-based trainings for communities, care partners and the workforce. We ensure that those living with dementia are empowered to live self-directed lives. Founder: Laurie Gunter Mantz, OTR, CADDCT, CFRDT, of Cranston

Groundations focuses on bringing movement, mobility and fitness back into the lives of older adults through a special type of ground movement training. We focus on the 65+ market and envision a world where aging is not about declining but about confidence in motion and true quality of life. Cofounder: Jennifer Brine of Somerville, Mass.

The Hope Collaborative is an online wellness community designed to promote a culture of hope by connecting people to the collaborative help they need at the time they need it. Founder: Jennifer Berton, Ph.D., LICSW, of Middletown

IMMAD, Impairment Measurement Marijuana and Driving, is a company specializing in education, services and technology for the responsible use of marijuana. Founder: Denise A Valenti, OD, of Quincy, Mass.

Lotus Noire is a virtual sexual wellness clinic, specializing in discreet and personalized intimate wellness and empowerment of sexually and racially diverse people. Founder: Temperance Taylor, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, of Providence

New Beginnings is a caring and healing environment where individuals with mental illness engage in productive activities that inspire hope and contribute to their health and well-being. Co-founders: Mary Brinson, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA, of Cranston; Bethany Pratt, OTD, OTR/L, of South Kingstown

Recovery Connector LLC lowers the stigma associated with both addiction and mental illness by providing a platform that facilitates communication and faster access to treatment programs, resulting in better outcomes for all stakeholders in the battle against addiction and mental illness. Founder: Timothy Sullivan of Providence

The Tipping Point provides counseling and coaching to guide single moms in becoming financially competent, independent, and empowered leaders of their families, rewriting their stories and futures to include stability and success. Founder: Allison Giuliano of Cranston

UpRiseHer synergizes the lives of women by creating female-centric collaborative work spaces with childcare, female focused amenities, career cultivation services, skills based workshops, and advocacy to help women manage and be empowered in our ever-evolving, multifaceted, beautiful journey. Founder: Shannon Sexton Potter of Warwick

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