Student Stories


  • New Hacking 4Oceans course gives students real world experience -  Hacking4Oceans is a new University of Rhode Island course providing students the opportunity to work with industry mentors to address world problems focused on the ocean and environment. The class is a collaboration between the URI Launch Lab, the Graduate… ...Read more
  • Students Grossman and Bikash pictured Students, looking to launch your own business? Soon there’ll be an app for that - URI College of Business juniors win annual research showcase for work on student-to-student service app   ...Read more
  • H2gO: URI students develop a water-filtration system that fits inside of a suitcase - During their sophomore year at URI, Isabella Silverman and Alexa Leone’s professor came to them with a problem. They were on a J-term trip to the Dominican Republic, a country where clean drinking water is a commodity. The two engineering… ...Read more
  • Engineering entrepreneurship course culminates in pitch competition - Engineering entrepreneurship course culminates in pitch competition Twenty-eight URI students from different majors worked in teams to develop a prototype, pitch their idea to judges Media Contact: Neil Nachbar, 401-874-9519 | Share: Twitter Facebook The first-place iSee team, from left, Ethan Ribb, Noah Burke, Aidan Votaw… ...Read more
  • Sophomores Pilot Entrepreneurial App at URI - As business majors, Andrew Bikash and Ben Grossman were inspired to create their own business - an app named Kanu - and to help foster what they describe as an entrepreneurial spirit among their URI peers. Bikash describes the founding… ...Read more
  • Optera Diagnostics - What: Healthcare startup revolutionizing cancer tissue analysis. Innovation: Improve wait time for biopsy results and patient outcomes. Who: Founder is Linden Wyatt, who has three degrees - a B.S. physics/math, a PhD physics, and an MBA. Market: Cancer treatment Idea:… ...Read more
  • Alcinous Pharmaceuticals - Founded in 2016 by three PhD students, Alcinous Pharmaceuticals harnesses big data in a novel approach to design and develop therapeutic drugs aimed at aggressive cancers. What: Pharmaceutical drug design startup Innovation: Use computer-aided drug design to improve cancer therapies.… ...Read more
  • Libby - Anthony Markey founded Libby, a textbook resell venture, while on junior year abroad in Spain. He skyped into SPARC URI Office Hours for guidance and ideas with the mentors, and continued upon his return to Kingston for senior year. He… ...Read more
  • Nick Constant EchoWear - Nick Constant, graduate student in Biomedical Engineering, founded EchoWear which was a 2017 semi-finalist in the RI Business Competition, and continues to work to develop his cloud-based system enabling health care providers to remotely monitor patients as he completes his… ...Read more
  • Party Elements - Science themed birthday parties bring the element of fun. What: Events company Innovation: This business was created out of the outreach work already being done by Prof. Mindy Levine, including her Chemistry Camp for Girls, where middle school girls study… ...Read more
  • Crossbar - Taylor Ross, is the founder of the social enterprise Crossbar, a direct seller of soccer goals to colleges, universities, and sports facilities. Profits are being used to enable access to education, schools, and soccer fields to underprivileged youth. Thus far,… ...Read more