RI MADE Kick-Off

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Start Date

July 31, 2023 11:00 am

End Date

July 31, 2023 12:30 pm


999 Main St #7060, Pawtucket, 02860, RI


Polaris MEP



Wordmark logo - RI MADE Defense Supply Chain - Polaris MEP, URI Research FoundationManufacturers in Rhode Island within the Defense Supply Chain (or those considering Defense contracts) can discover new resources for their business during the kick-off of the RI MADE program.

Polaris MEP is looking forward to welcoming supporters from across Rhode Island for the kick-off of RI MADE! This new Defense Supply Chain program will benefit all aspects of our state’s manufacturing ecosystem.

RI MADE (Rhode Island Manufacturing to Accelerate the Defense Ecosystem) is a program in which manufacturers within the Defense Supply Chain (or those considering Defense contracts) are eligible to apply for technical and/or capital assistance and support of up to $50,000. It is funded by a grant from the OLDCC.

The goal is to strengthen Ocean State manufacturers by providing support in three major areas:

  • Cybersecurity
  • Automation Readiness/Robotics
  • Risk Mitigation

​​​​Our event host, Nautilus Defense, builds state-of-the-art textile-integrated systems for monitoring high-value assets and their environments. Nautilus Defense participated in the pilot phase of RI MADE and will share thoughts on that experience.



  • Current defense contractors
  • Future defense supplier
  • Defense ecosystem partners


  • 10:30 am — Check in
  • 11:00am – 11:40am — Welcome & Program
    • Overview of the RI MADE program and how it can benefit smaller manufacturers
    • Insights & results from the Pilot Phase
    • Preview of the upcoming Fall Phase
  • 11:40am – 12:00pm — Networking
  • 12:00pm – 12:30 pm — Optional Workshop! Walk through the RI MADE application process & have your questions answered


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