Robots For Manufacturing – Venture Cafe Providence

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Start Date

April 01, 2021 12:00 pm

End Date

April 01, 2021 12:45 pm




Venture Cafe Providence



In this Venture Café Providence Thursday gathering, join innovators across sectors to explore how bringing robots to work is making an impact on innovation.

Companies in Rhode Island have embraced robotics, using them to perform repetitive and dangerous tasks alongside human operators. Sessions include:

  • 11:30am – Cultivating Innovation: Informal Conversations with RI’s Economic Gardner
  • 12:00pm – Robots for Manufacturing with Polaris MEP

Kathie Mahoney, Center Director for Polaris MEP will lead this conversation with RI Manufacturers building and using robots at work.

  • 12:45pm – Startup Story: V2 Subsea

Featuring Dustin Varnell of V2 Subsea. Startup stories showcase local innovators, startups and small businesses with their own session dedicated to sharing what they’ve learned with the Venture Café Community.

V2 Subsea is a technology solutions provider focused on bridging the gap between technology and the realities of working on the water. The company’s combination of experience, passion, and focus make a culture determined to provide solutions that help advance the blue economy. The company specializes in industrial data communication and customized platform development.


  • Owners, R&D teams, Innovation leads at Rhode Island manufacturing companies


KATHIE MAHONEY, Center Director

Kathie Mahoney, Polaris MEP (Manufacturing Extension Partnership) Center Director, Rhode Island

Kathie Mahoney joined Polaris MEP in September of 2020. She is responsible for leading Polaris MEP’s team in its support of Rhode Island’s manufacturers, helping clients grow and become more competitive.

Most recently the Center Director for sister-agency MassMEP, Kathie is a member of the MEP National Network Center Leadership team. Her deep understanding of and connections to national resources will be an asset to the state’s manufacturing sector.

Kathie has worked with manufacturers for more than two decades, improving operational efficiencies, solving workforce challenges and implementing innovative solutions that lead to growth. In addition to her detailed knowledge of manufacturing, she has an extensive background in grant management, financial oversight, marketing management, and leadership.

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