2018 Best Tech Startups in Rhode Island

The Tech Tribune staff has compiled the very best tech startups in Rhode Island. In doing our research, we considered several factors including but not limited to:

  1. Revenue potential
  2. Leadership team
  3. Brand/product traction
  4. Competitive landscape

Additionally, all companies must be independent (unacquired), privately owned, at most 10 years old, and have received at least one round of funding in order to qualify.

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1. Upserve


Founded: 2009

Also honored in: 2018 Best Tech Startups in Providence

“Upserve puts everything restaurateurs need to know in one place, providing real-time guidance to unlock the power of their menu, workforce and guest habits. One of the largest and fastest-growing companies in the restaurant technology space, thousands of restaurants use Upserve to process over $11 billion in annual sales, manage relationships with more than 32 million active diners, and crunch the numbers on 23 million meals per month.”

2. SquadLocker


Founded: 2011

“SquadLocker is disrupting the hyper-local, intensely fragmented athletic apparel market. SquadLocker provides innovative online tools which make it easier for coaches and league administrators to manage athletic apparel purchasing for teams. The TeamLocker™ application provides brands such as Under Armour®, Adidas® and Nike®. The online experience is self-service, immediate, easy-to-launch and free for youth athletic programs.”

3. Splitwise


Founded: 2011

Also honored in: 2018 Best Tech Startups in Providence

“Splitwise is an expense sharing platform that helps people stop worrying about who owes who. Splitting bills with friends and family can be stressful or awkward. Our web and mobile apps help roommates, friends and family track shared bills simply and easily. Since 2011, we have helped improve people’s relationships through simple free apps, fairness calculators, and advice on our blog.”

4. Dockwa


Founded: 2014

“Dockwa allows boaters and marinas to manage dock and mooring reservations like never before.”

5. Vizsafe


Founded: 2012

“Layering Actionable Intelligence into your operations

High profile venues around the world face an increasingly dangerous and complex task of protecting their employees, visitors, physical assets and brand from threats big and small. Armed with smartphone cameras, employees and visitors have the opportunity to provide actionable safety information, which could be used to reduce risk at venues, resolve risks more quickly, and prevent losses.”

6. Datarista


Founded: 2015

Also honored in: 2018 Best Tech Startups in Providence

“Datarista is a PaaS service for the $11 Billion Sales and Marketing Data industry.

The Data Industry is restrained by legacy technology and has yet to shift to a world connected to multiple CRM and Marketing Automation platforms that serve as the primary endpoints for their data. Building these platform connections one at a time requires significant time and money, while a majority of the infrastructure can be shared across vendors and clouds. Datarista is building a single platform to connect to CRM, Marketing Automation and more, allowing for matching to the data within these platforms, updates to the data and prospecting.”

7. eNow, Inc

eNow, Inc

Founded: 2011

“eNow’s proprietary solar power systems are designed to reduce fuel costs, improve fleet logistics, and satisfy increasingly stringent anti-idling and emissions regulations in the transportation industry. eNow’s solar systems provide its customers with payback periods from fuel savings ranging from 1 to 2 years depending on the application.

eNow was founded in 2011. The Company designs, develops, and integrates proprietary solar-based renewable energy systems, known as the eNow eCharge system. eCharge is comprised of solar photovoltaic panels and our charge controller, which supply and monitor power to the batteries.”

8. Crave Food Systems


Founded: 2014

Also honored in: 2018 Best Tech Startups in Providence

“Crave Food Services is a food technology company improving access to more healthy, fresh and sustainably-produced food through wholesale and retail markets. CFS enables wholesale buyers and consumers to simplify local and regional procurement operations, while streamlining the fulfillment process for purveyors through technology and services.

Our technology, WhatsGood, is an virtual farmers market that connects consumers and wholesale food purchasers with local farmers, fishermen and artisans. The platform makes it easy for buyers to discover local food online and support their local food community.”

9. Sproutel


Founded: 2012

“Sproutel makes interactive games for children newly diagnosed with a chronic illness.
Our first product, Jerry the Bear, teaches children with type 1 diabetes how to monitor their blood glucose levels, maintain a healthy diet, and recognize their symptoms – all through play! Jerry connects to the web, which allows parents to track learning and provides software updates that keep children engaged.”

10. Virtual DBS

Virtual DBS

Founded: 2010

“Virtual DBS provides digital and database marketing resources, delivered through a cloud-based data center. Our services are deployed to boost the response performance of our clients’ targeted online and offline marketing campaigns less expensively and faster than traditional service providers. Complimentary proof-of-concept customer profile reports are included with our initial consultation and these can usually be completed in under a week.”