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What Is the US Navy Challenge: Ocean Floor Sediment Collection Device? The US Navy seeks designs for an automated, inexpensive, underwater sediment collection device for operation in the epipelagic zone of the ocean to a depth of 200 meters. The device must be capable of operation attached to a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) or by a diver with minimal manual intervention....

Graphene Composites (GC) is a world leader in nanomaterials engineering. With roots that extend from the United Kingdom to Providence, Rhode Island, the team applies its nanotechnology expertise to a wide range of applications and technical challenges, developing revolutionary solutions in health, protection, composites, and energy industries. Led by former Rhode Islander Sandy Chen, CEO, and Dr. Steve Devine, CTO, GC...

Eric Goetz is no stranger to innovation and pushing the limits of technology. He began his career in 1975 building boats at his own company, Goetz Custom Sailboats. From the start, he was constantly experimenting with new ways to build stronger, lighter, and faster boats—including 10 America’s Cup challengers and defenders. However, as was the case for many companies, the economic...

401 Tech Bridge Executive Director Christian Cowan met with Senator Reed, Rear Admiral Lorin Selby, and URI President Marc Parlange during their recent visit to the University of Rhode Island. Cowan discussed how 401 Tech Bridge partnered with URI to leverage Innovation Campus funding from the State of Rhode Island to locate a powerful x-ray microscope at the Kingston campus...

When Dr. Eliza Van Reen, Ph.D., founder of Circadian Positioning Systems (CPS), sought to expand the commercialization of her  groundbreaking fatigue-mitigating technology that was being deployed by the Navy into additional military applications, she turned to RI Hub’s Venture Mentoring Service. She was paired with leaders from 401 Tech Bridge and other crucial mentors to help navigate the complex requirements...

Flux Marine is a Rhode Island-based start-up working to revolutionize the marine industry by replacing boat engines with 100% electric outboard motors. When the COVID-19 pandemic forced the closure of its workspace, they no longer had a place to test, prototype, or build their motors. At the same time, IYRS School of Technology & Trades shut its doors to in-person...

Ben Sorkin and his team created Flux Marine, an up-and-coming startup based in New England. The team won several high-profile pitch competitions and competitive grants. They had been working out of the Autodesk Technology Center in the Boston Seaport, developing their prototype demonstrator, and generating interest from early customers and investors. At that point, the team felt they built enough...

Jim Owens and his team at Nautilus Defense design and build advanced material-integrated systems with a focus on mechanical performance, survivability, and development speed to continually deploy solutions for their Army, Navy, and Air Force customers. However, creating brilliant technology that can help change the world is only half the battle. Getting those innovations in front of the people who need...