About Us

Accelerating Innovation Through Collaboration, Resources, and Dynamic Programming

401 Tech Bridge serves as a conduit for those looking to bridge R&D gaps and connect with potential funding opportunities. Through partnerships with industry, academia, and government agencies, we provide collaboration spaces, resources, and access to equipment to expedite the introduction of innovative technologies to the market. Additionally, programming such as tech scouting, tech showcases, experimentation scenarios, and demonstration days to further support and enhance this innovation ecosystem.

Our Mission

Our mission is to be the intersection between businesses, government agencies and programs, and academic institutions, accelerating the development of new technologies in the blue economy, and stimulating economic growth for the state of Rhode Island.

Our Partners

Powering Innovation with Collaborative Support from Leading Organizations

The 401 Tech Bridge is a business unit of The University of Rhode Island Research Foundation, and receives support from the U.S. Economic Development Administration, the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP), the Office of Naval Research, the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, The Rhode Island Foundation, and the Van Beuren Charitable Foundation.

The Team

Meet Our Exceptional Team

Erik Brine


Erik Brine is the Director of 401 Tech Bridge at the University of Rhode Island Research Foundation where he is charged with building stronger relationships, greater collaboration, increased research, and innovative programs across the Rhode Island innovation ecosystem to leverage the interdisciplinary expertise needed to tackle national security challenges. He is also the Deputy Commander of the 514th Air Mobility Wing and a Councilman in Jamestown, RI.

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Linda Larsen

Operations Manager

Linda is a proven leader in creating and executing projects and programs. She’s passionate about innovation, workforce development, building strategic partnerships, and developing communities of practice. Linda earned a BS in Business Administration from Northeastern University, and a BS in Education from Rhode Island College. Linda also currently serves as the Chair of the RI Career and Technical Education Board of Trustees.

Steph Paquette

Marketing & Programs

Stephanie Paquette is a highly accomplished marketing project manager and web designer, leveraging her robust background in marketing and accounting from Rhode Island College. With a passion for creative problem-solving and a keen eye for detail, she excels in overseeing the daily workflow of multiple projects, ensuring they are completed on time, within budget, and aligned with strategic goals.

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The Board

Randy J. Brandenburg

Proteus Ocean Group

Sean Daly

People’s Credit Union

Susan Daly


Neal Fine

Arctura Wind

Eric Goetz

Composite Energy Technologies

Jeremy Sebastian

Raytheon | An RTX Business

Steph Dreyer

The Rockefeller Foundation