The 2022 Competition

  • 23 Sep
    2021
    Competition Kicks Off

    This event will be held at Venture Café in Providence and will feature an overview of the requirements of the competition. There will also be a panel of past winners and finalists of the Competition who will share their experiences competing and offer pointers and insights on what it takes to create a winning business plan. The panelists include Melissa Bowley, founder of Flourish Collective and winner of the 2021 Rhode Island Business Competition; Abigail Kohler, owner of ResusciTech; and Jonathan Lord, founder of Flux Marine. This event is free and open to the public.

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  • 21 Oct
    2021
    Workshop: Perfecting Your Pitch

    For more than 15 years, Peter George has helped others develop into speakers who positively affect others. He has helped others learn how to craft and deliver presentations that engage, persuade, and inspire. As a public speaking coach and trainer, he specializes in helping executives, attorneys, and other professionals to be calm, confident, and credible every time they speak in public. During this workshop, Peter will discuss how to make a memorable and impactful pitch. This event is free and open to the public.

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  • 11 Nov
    2021
    Rhode Island Elevator Pitch Contest

    Participants present their idea in 90 seconds to a panel of judges and get immediate feedback - and the chance to win cash prizes.

  • 13 Jan
    2022
    Workshop: Business Plan Development

    In this business planning workshop, attendees will be provided with resources and will be walked through the creation of an investor-ready business plan.

  • 03 Feb
    2022
    Workshop: Define the Customer

    During this event, attendees will learn how to define a target market and the best way to promote their product or service.

  • 03 Mar
    2022
    Workshop: Find Those Funds

    Top business builders and investors provide valuable tips and insights on how to get early-stage funding.

  • 05 May
    2022
    Awards Ceremony

    Finalists present to a public audience and the winners are announced.

  • 05 Jan
    2022
    Application process is open for 2022 Competition.
  • 28 Mar
    2022
    Applications due by 5 pm, Eastern time (U.S.).
  • 05 Apr
    2022
    Semi-finalists notified.
  • 12 Apr
    2022
    Complete plans due from semi-finalists by noon.
  • 21 Apr
    2022
    Semi-finalists make 5-minute presentation to judges; finalists selected.
  • 25 Apr
    2022
    Finalists meet with judges.
  • 05 May
    2022
    Awards Ceremony where all finalists present and winner is announced.

Our 2021 Winner and Finalists!

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2021 Awards Ceremony

The 2021 Rhode Island Business Competition's Awards Ceremony was held on May 6th. We were so excited to announce our winner, Flourish Collective, and our two finalists, AsianFeed and Mocingbird.

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2021 Winner:

Flourish Collective

Led by Melissa Bowley, Flourish Collective created the only platform that puts women in control of their family’s wellness by facilitating spending during pregnancy on evidence-based goods and services.

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2021 Finalist:

Asian Feed

Led by Justin Kim, AsianFeed is the leading media outlet for the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.

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2021 Finalist:

Mocingbird

Led by Brad Artery, Mocingbird created a product that aligns curated continuing medical education (CME) content to clinicians' board, state, and other ongoing requirements while also allowing healthcare organizations to manage clinician compliance real-time while automating existing manual, paper-based tasks.