News & Events

  • 07 Jan
    2021
    Workshop: Business Plan Development

    Local professor of entrepreneurship provides attendees detailed information on how to write a compelling business plan that will appeal to investors.

  • 04 Feb
    2021
    Workshop: Define the Customer

    A panel of experienced entrepreneurs explain how to define a target market and the best way to promote your product or service.

  • 04 Mar
    2021
    Workshop: Find Those Funds

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

  • 06 May
    2021
    Awards Ceremony

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

  • 06 Jan
    2021
    Application process is open for 2021 Competition.
  • 29 Mar
    2021
    Applications due by 5 pm, Eastern time (U.S.).
  • 06 Apr
    2021
    Semi-finalists notified.
  • 13 Apr
    2021
    Complete plans due from semi-finalists by noon.
  • 20 Apr
    2021
    Semi-finalists make 5-minute presentation to judges; finalists selected.
  • 27 Apr
    2021
    Finalists meet with judges.
  • 06 May
    2021
    Awards Ceremony where all finalists present and winner is announced.
  • American Ecotech
    2011 Green Winner
    • Completed developing the nation’s most advanced truly mobile 4WD air pollution monitoring vehicle.

    • Working on developing the world’s first environmental testing chamber that is able to mimic any ambient air environment and integrates references sensors in order to test small sensor technologies accurately.

    • Developed the first versatile data acquisition technologies deemed suitable for networking ambient air monitoring applications under $2,000.

  • Aten Energy Conservation
    2010 Green Semi-finalist
    • Since competing in 2010, Aten Energy Conservation has worked on more than 1,000 Rhode Island homes to make them more energy efficient.

    • Won U.S. Department of Energy and the US Environmental Protection Agency ENERGY STAR ‘Century Club Award’

    • Purchased a 7,200-square-foot facility moved operations to Pawtucket.

  • BioIntraface
    2009 Entrepreneur Track Winner
    • Co-developed a medical device applicator for dispensing its coating technology to create a liquid wound dressing to combat infection.

  • CompNet Insurance Solutions
    2014 Entrepreneur Track Winner
    • On track to write $5 million in premiums in 2017.

    • Launched a marketing partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.

    • Established partnerships with the Retail Association of Massachusetts, Retail Association of New Hampshire, Virginia Chamber Commerce, and National Payroll Services.

  • Dear Kate
    2009 Student Track Finalist
    • Was the focus of a high profile article in The New Yorker that detailed the ins and outs of doing photo shoots for women’s underwear.

  • Farsounder
    2002 Entrepreneur Track Winner
    • Authored an article on forward-looking sonar for Sea Technology.

    • Received a 2015 Tibbetts Award from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

  • goTeff
    2018 Student Track Finalist
    • One of 40 teams, out of 100,000 applicants worldwide, to compete in the Hult International Business Prize Accelerator program

  • Grindz
    2014 Entrepreneur Track Semi-finalist
    • Signed a partnership/branding deal with Strider Sports International, Inc., the world’s premier manufacturer and marketer of efficient, no-pedal balance bikes for all ages and abilities.

    • Grindz’s protective pants named “a must have for anyone with active children” by examiner.com.

    • Grindz products called “cool protective gear for kids” by momtrends.com.

  • Hannah Daye & Company
    2013 Entrepreneur Track Winner
    • Successfully raised funds via a Kickstarter campaign earlier this year to develop its 2015 fine jewelry collection.

    • Co-founders Alison Cariati and Haverhill Leach lauded for their business model in ltd blog.

  • Maternova
    2011 Entrepreneur Track Finalist
    • Partnering with a team in Brazil to run a trial of the CRADLE vital signs monitoring device.

    • Partnering with Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation to introduce the Pratt Pouch to 40,000 HIV-positive mothers in Uganda.

    • Sending thousands of rapid schistosomiasis test kits to the Philippines to equip a Brown University team.

    • Partnering with a major humanitarian organization and sending thousands of rapid dengue test kits to their teams for the first time.

  • Mighty Well
    2016 Student Track Winner
    • Won $250,000 in Babson Breakaway Challenge, to help scale the business in Rhode Island.

    • Hired 2 full-time, 2 part-time staff, 2 part-time consultants, and 5 interns.

    • Manufacturing with Pyramid Case Co in Olneyville, and hired McGarry&Sons to help build out a 5-piece capsule collection.

  • Neurotecnix
    2016 Entrepreneur Track Finalist
    • Signed partnership agreements with Psychogenics and another company that is a global leader in animal health care.

  • Newport Biodiesel
    2010 Green Track Winner
    Current Sponsor
    • Employing 35, and growing rapidly.

    • Now helping 3,000+ New England kitchens manage their cooking oil.

    • Producing and selling millions of gallons of biodiesel, derived from used cooking oil, annually.

  • NuLabel Technologies
    2009 Student Track Semi-finalist
    • Developed national partner network

    • Named a "Rising Star" by SBANE

    • Raised more than $5 million from investors.

  • PowerDocks
    2018 Entrepreneur Track Finalist
    • Won the 2018 Electric & Hybrid Marine Industry Innovation of the Year Award for its floating solar power supply dock.

  • Premama
    2011 Student Track Winner
    • Hired VP of strategy and a controller.

    • Raised $4.6M. Actively raising more funds.

    • Launched in CVS and GNC stores nationwide in 2015.

    • Its four products sell at CVS, GNC, Amazon, and Target.com.

  • ProThera Biologics
    2010 Entrepreneur Track Winner
    • Established a key alliance for the manufacture of Inter-Alpha Inhibitor Protein (IAIP) with a world leading producer of plasma proteins for clinical use.

    • Completed two commercial development agreements to advance IAIP into clinical use.

    • Won $2 million Small Business Innovation Research Fast Track grant from the National Institutes of Health in June 2019 to study a new prognosis assessment test.

  • Response Technologies
    2016 Entrepreneur Track Winner
    • Won SBIR award of $1M for using its technology to improve the U.S. military’s and federal government’s Willard Boat.

    • Won DoD Manufacturing Technology Innovation Award.

    • 3 full-time, 2 part-time employees.

  • ShapeUp
    2007 Student Track Winner
    • Acquired in February 2016 by Virgin Pulse, part of Richard Branson's Virgin Group.

  • Siren Marine
    2012 Technology Award Winner
    • Sold more than 1,000 boat monitoring and tracking systems to date.

    • Raised $1.5 million in seed funding for development of next-generation products.

    • Signed deal with Vodafone to be Siren’s global cellular provider.

    • Launched second generation products in Q2 2017.

  • Social Enterprise Greenhouse
    2012 Entrepreneur Track Finalist
    Current Sponsor
    • Launched its first food accelerator in February 2016.

    • Introduced its sixth cohort of Impact Accelerator program participants.

    • Cited as a key element in helping to make Providence a top startup market in the U.S.

  • Splitwise
    2012 Entrepreneur Track Finalist
    • Named one of Top 100 Free Finance Apps on both iPhone and Android.

    • Launched a Spanish translation of its product.

    • Hired its seventh full-time employee.

  • Spotter
    2017 Entrepreneur Track Semi-finalist
    • Expanded to San Francisco to open first West Coast branch.

    • Launched new spot acquisition platform Cash positive.

  • StormTree
    2014 Entrepreneur Track Finalist
    Current Sponsor
    • Now selling nationally – California, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan.

    • Became an SBA-certified, woman-owned small business.

  • TextUp
    2018 Student Track Winner
    • Named a 2018 Tech10 Award winner in the Entrepreneur/Start-up category.

    • Finalist in the 2018 Get Started Rhode Island pitch competition.

  • The Compost Plant
    2015 Entrepreneur Track Finalist
    • Now serving as Rhode Island's first full-service commercial composting facility.

  • Tvar EdTech
    2017 Student Track Winner
    • Won $30,000 in the inaugural 2018 MassChallenge Rhode Island accelerator.

    • Won $25,000 grand prize in the 2017 Get Started Rhode Island business pitch competition.

  • XactSense
    2016 Entrepreneur Track Finalist
    • Raised $200K to launch pilot programs with major cell tower owners, carriers, and engineers in the U.S.

    • New prototypes and full working systems in use now.

    • 4 full-time employees.

  • Zapdot
    2007 Student Track Finalist
    • Collaborating with Pleasant Dreams, a Dutch game designer, that took the company to conferences, including PAX East in Boston, Boston FIG, PAX Prime in Seattle, and IndieCade in Los Angeles.

    • 5 full time employees.