Four Rhode Island Business Leaders to Judge Annual Elevator Pitch Contest

PROVIDENCE – (Nov. 13, 2018) – The Rhode Island Business Competition today announced that four Rhode Island business leaders will serve as judges in its annual Elevator Pitch Contest, to be held Dec. 5, which will award $1,000 in cash prizes to the top presenters.

Aspiring and experienced entrepreneurs, age 18 or older, will have 90 seconds to pitch their business idea in front of a live audience to a panel of judges, who will provide feedback.

Registrations to make a pitch are due by 5 pm on Nov. 30, and can be made online at The event—free and open to the public—will be held 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Tech Collective, 188 Valley St., Providence.

Attendees who want to watch, but not present, are invited but asked to pre-register via the same website.

Each presenter will make a 90-second presentation to a panel of judges, after which the judges will score the participants and give them feedback about the clarity and persuasiveness of their pitch. At the end of the event, cash prizes totaling $1,000 will be awarded to the best presenters.

The following will serve as volunteer in the Elevator Pitch contest:

  • Todd Knapp, CEO, Envision Technology Advisors
  • Ray Mathieu, CFO, InsureMyTrip
  • Kelly Ramirez, CEO, Social Enterprise Greenhouse
  • Sandra Tremblay, President, StormTree
Sponsors of the 2019 Competition

Lead sponsors of the 2019 Competition are Bryant University, Cox Business, Everhope Foundation, Envision Technology Advisors, Hinckley Allen, Integrated Media Group, KLR, and Sprout Coworking.

Also sponsoring the 2019 Competition are Bank of America, Barlow, Josephs & Holmes, Ltd., Brown University Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship, Center for Women and Enterprise, Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, Hatch Entrepreneurial Center, Luminous, RevUp Capital, Social Enterprise Greenhouse, TD Bank, and Tech Collective.

Additional sponsors include Bank Rhode Island, Bristol County Savings Bank, Business Development Company, Cherrystone Angel Group, Delta Dental of Rhode Island, Dimeo Construction Company, Fidelity Investments, Hayes & Sherry Real Estate Services, InsureMyTrip, Navigant Credit Union, Newport Biodiesel, Pawtucket Credit Union, Richard Carriere, StormTree, Teknor Apex, The Beacon Mutual Insurance Company, The Idea Turbine, and The Washington Trust Company.

About the Competition

Established in 2000, the Rhode Island Business Competition has been recognized as one of the top 40 business plan competitions in the country. To date, it has awarded prizes valued at more than $2.6 million to developing companies across many industries. More information is available at