The Rhode Island Business Competition has been organized to promote entrepreneurship and the development of start-up and early stage companies in Rhode Island by encouraging submission of plans of original business concepts that will lead to the development of new growth businesses.
The following rules apply:
While business plans may be structured in any number of ways, the approach suggested here offers a concise format.
Need to know more? Check answers to Frequently Asked Questions.
Applicants, 18 years of age or older, may compete in one of the following tracks:
Learn more about the competition tracks.
Prizes consisting of cash and in-kind services, with a total value of $225,350, will be awarded to winners and finalists in the 2019 Rhode Island Business Competition, as follows:
In addition, a cash bonus of $25,000 will be awarded to the top competitor.
Also, everyone who submits a completed application to the 2019 Competition will receive two consecutive months of free co-working space for their team at Sprout in the Rising Sun Mills campus in Providence. Free parking and access to meeting space is included.
And all semi-finalists will receive free mentoring services from VMS of Rhode Island.
The bonus winner will automatically qualify as a semi-finalist in Get Started Rhode Island 2019, which will award prizes valued at $50,000.
In addition, finalists will have the opportunity to enter round two of judging in the highly competitive MassChallenge accelerator program -- and be one step closer to potentially joining the MassChallenge Rhode Island cohort.
All finalists in the 2019 Competition will present at a public Awards Ceremony, after which the winners will be announced.
To participate in the Rhode Island Business Competition, applicants must complete and submit an online application by 5 p.m. Eastern time (U.S.) on April 1, 2019.
After reviewing the applications, the judges will invite semi-finalists from each track to submit complete business plans by April 16, 2019.
Semi-finalists will be selected from each track and will be invited to make a 5-minute presentation to the judges on April 24, 2019.
Finalists will be selected from semi-finalists and invited to a 25-minute meeting with the judges on May 1, 2019.
Winners will be announced at an Awards Ceremony on May 7, 2019.
See recommended guidelines for formatting business plans.
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Technology Partner of the RI Business Competition since 2016.
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