• Innovate Newport Announces Winners of Startup Quick Pitch

    Innovate Newport Announces Winners of Startup Quick Pitch

    Innovate Newport 

    513 Broadway Suite 218 

    Newport, Rhode Island 02840 



    Innovate Newport Announces Winners of Startup Quick Pitch 


    Newport, RI-  

    October 26, 2021 


    Innovate Newport, a modern coworking space in downtown Newport, hosted a Startup Showcase & Quick Pitch on Friday, October 22, as part of Rhode Island’s first ever “RI Startup Week.” special portion of the event was a live Quick Pitch, sponsored by the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce, where 12 startups each made a 3-minute presentation to the audience, in order to compete for up to $1000 and a local business startup package. From software engineers, to boatbuilders, to designers, to community supporters, all entrepreneurs are established businesses looking to grow. 


    First place went to Ian Estaphan-Owen of Jaia Robotics LLC, a Rhode Island based business. Jaia Robotics creates low cost, high speed, micro-sized autonomous aquatic robots that work in pods of up to 20 vehicles. Jaia Robotics is positioned to do what no other system can do in collecting aquatic data from coastal waters up to 100m, estuaries, rivers, lakes and marshlands.  Estaphan-Owen plans to use the prize package to move his office from home to Innovate Newport’s coworking space, and to expand his brand awareness through various marketing outlets.