RICIE — the Rhode Island Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship — opened its doors Tuesday, April 28, 2009. A number of elected officials, business leaders, and representatives of higher education were on hand. A selection of their remarks follows here. (Return to news release.)

Brendan McNally

RI-CIE Executive Director

“The point is to put together a statewide effort to commercialize technology. Given the state of the economy right now, we think this is a fabulous opportunity to bring together a collaborative effort among a lot of different institutions in the state to help people with good ideas move them on to create jobs.”

Richard G. Horan

Managing Director, Slater Technology Fund

“It’s terrific to see Brown taking a leadership role in this initiative. We look forward to working together as the center takes shape.”

Jeff Seemann

Co-chair, Rhode Island Science and Technology Advisory Council
Dean, College of the Environment and Life Sciences, University of Rhode Island

“We hope to provide a place where entrepreneurs and inventors can come and turn their ideas into business realities. There are a lot of people with good ideas, but often they don’t know how to evaluate these ideas with regard to commercialization or how to turn them into a product.”

Laurie White

President, Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce

“This investment is critical in moving Rhode Island’s knowledge economy forward, as studies have shown that only through increased support for entrepreneurship will both the city and state fully realize the commercial potential of the many assets and talents we have within our borders. The Chamber is pleased to be a part of this exciting new initiative.”