From being the first state to declare independence to inventing the steam engine, Rhode Island has proven that despite its small footprint, it’s a place where great ideas come to life. And it’s in that tradition that we launched RIHUB.

A workspace where concepts can come to fruition, RIHUB gives startups, experts, and everyone in-between from a multitude of industries across the state, country, and globe the opportunity to think, collaborate, and execute — creating innovations that will benefit our community and change the world.

So, are you ready to bring your idea to life? Get started at RIHUB — we’re ready for you.

What is RIHUB?

A Startup Accelerator

A Startup

Home to three unique accelerator programs, CoWorks, IBM Alphazone and MassChallenge you’re bound to find a program that fits your needs.

An Innovative

Our pilot and partnership opportunities facilitate engagement between our members and industry leaders through workshops, product development sprints, and co-creation studios.

A Space
to Create

RIHUB acts as a “soft landing” space for entrepreneurs graduating out of local university programs, and/or accelerator programs that are not yet ready for a permanent space.

An Investment

Our partners have the ability to accelerate their innovation agendas by working closely with our startups, and gain exclusive access to high-growth, high-impact startups across all industries.

Why / Who Should Join

Whether you’re a blossoming business owner or simply someone with a dream, RIHUB is here to transform your big idea into a flourishing venture.

Through our one-of-a-kind strategic partnerships, cutting-edge facilities and world-class support network, we guide you and your idea through the development process, fostering both your burgeoning business and your entrepreneurial spirit.

About Our Accelerators:


  • Apply Now!

  • Focus Area: Urban Innovation
  • 4 incorporated companies will receive a seed investment of $40k
  • Free office space at CIC Providence
  • Location: Onsite in India/Online
  • Duration: January-June

IBM Alphazone

  • Focus Areas: Cloud, Big Data & Analytics, Mobile, Internet of Things, new-generation IT solutions, Machine learning, AI
  • Preference for post-Seed & Round A funded companies
    Receive up to $120K/year in cloud-based credits & technical assistance
  • Free office space at CIC Providence
  • Location: Onsite in Providence, RI
  • Duration: June-October


  • Focus Areas: Serves early-stage companies across all industries
  • Companies who have raised less than $500K in equity-based funding, generated less than $1M in revenue
  • Compete for up to $100K in prize money
  • Zero equity, competition-based model
  • Free office space at CIC Providence
  • Location: Onsite in Providence, RI/Boston, MA
  • Duration: June – October