Meet our Innovation Fellows

The Rhode Island Innovation Fellowship, made possible through the vision and generosity of philanthropists Letitia and John Carter, is designed to stimulate solutions to Rhode Island challenges.

Rhode Island Innovation Fellows receive up to $300,000 over three years to test and implement innovative ideas that could dramatically improve an area of life in Rhode Island. Up to two Fellows are selected annually.

Raymond Two Hawks Watson, 2016 Innovation Fellow

Ray’s project, the Providence Cultural Equity Initiative, aims to make Rhode Island “the cultural capital of the Northeast” by leveraging our cultural heritage, history, and diversity as a driver for both economic development and social cohesion.


John Haley, 2015 Innovation Fellow

John's project, the Blue Mussel Spat Attachment Cord, is stimulating the state’s shellfish industry by creating a more reliable method of obtaining blue mussel seed stock.

Daniel Kamil and Emily Steffian, 2015 Innovation Fellows

Daniel and Emily's project, the Providence Cinematheque, has created Rhode Island's only multi-screen exhibition space and educational facility focusing on first-run, independent film programming; repertory series, film festivals and a curriculum in film history and media literacy.


Amy Bernhardt, 2014 Innovation Fellow

Amy’s project, Colorfast, is creating a state-of-the-art research and manufacturing pilot facility for the design and production of digitally printed textiles.


David Dadekian, 2014 Innovation Fellow

David’s project, the Eat Drink Rhode Island Central Market, is creating a centralized culinary hub for Rhode Island, a complete business-to-business and business-to-consumer center with a public market, commercial production and processing facilities, and an educational component.


Adrienne Gagnon, 2013 Innovation Fellow

Adrienne's Innovation by Design is shaping the next generation of innovators and revolutionizing education by introducing the transformative tools of Design Thinking to students and teachers across Rhode Island.


Dr. Lynn Taylor, 2013 Innovation Fellow

Lynn's project, Rhode Island Defeats Hep C, is working to make Rhode Island the first state to eradicate the Hepatitis C virus infection.


Soren Ryherd, 2012 Innovation Fellow

Soren's The Retail Project has created four on-line stores and has a goal to open so-called brick and mortar stores.


Allan Tear, 2012 Innovation Fellow

Allan's RallyRI project is building platforms to help entrepreneurs launch start-ups in sectors such as art and design, food and beverage, and advanced manufacturing.


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