About the Rhode Island Business Competition

The Rhode Island Business Competition aims to create and foster growth companies in Rhode Island that will increase local employment. It's all about helping emerging entrepreneurs achieve their dreams.

Established in 2000, the Rhode Island Business Competition is supported by a broad range of sponsors that include private businesses, investors, foundations, colleges and universities, public entities, nonprofit organizations, and former competitors. Today, it is the leading community-supported business plan competition in the Northeast.

The Competition encourages plans for new businesses, as well as from early stage companies. An early stage, or seed stage, company typically is at the inventor stage where there is an idea, a concept, or even a product, but little or no income has been generated yet. See complete rules or apply online.

The Rhode Island Business Competition is supported by its sponsors and organized by co-chairs Peggy Farrell, partner with Hinckley Allen, and Anthony Mangiarelli, partner with KLR.

This year the competition will have two tracks. The MedTech track which is supported by Rhode Island Commerce and managed by the New England Medical Innovation Center (NEMIC) to enhance one of RI's strong and emerging business sectors, medical technologies. The Entrepreneur track is for all other participants which can include any industry specialty.

See this 3-minute video and get answers to Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Learn about previous Rhode Island Business Competition winners.