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NEW: Rhode Island Elevator Pitch Competition Dec. 5

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

 

Applications are still open for Rhode Island Business Plan Competition Elevator Pitch event on December 5.

The Rhode Island Business Plan Competition, for the seventh consecutive year, will host the Rhode Island Elevator Pitch Contest on Dec. 5, in which participants will get a chance to win $1,000 in cash prizes.

Aspiring and established entrepreneurs will present their business ideas in 90 seconds to a panel of judges and receive immediate feedback. The free event, open to the public, will be held 5:30 – 7:30 pm at Harborside Academic Center on the Johnson & Wales Harborside Campus in Providence.

“The Elevator Pitch Contest provides a great opportunity to practice a pitch and get immediate feedback from people who know what it takes to build a business,” said Competition Co-chair Larry Davidson, principal with the Providence-based accounting firm of Kahn, Litwin, Renza & Co., Ltd.

Co-chair Peggy Farrell, partner in the law of firm of Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP, noted, “Knowing how to make your case to investors is a critical skill for successful entrepreneurs. There’s no substitute for a live audience and, in this case, a friendly one that’s rooting for everyone.”

Prizes Totaling $1,000

Presenters will each make a 90-second presentation to a panel of judges. 

Serving as judges are Jim Grace, president of InsureMyTrip.com; Gil Lantini, publisher of the Rhode Island Small Business Journal; Pamela O’Hara, president of Batch Blue; and Christine Smith, director of innovation programs at the Rhode Island Economic Development Corp.

Registrations to make a pitch are being accepted online at www.ri-bizplan.com. People who want to watch, but not present, are invited and may pre-register at the same website.

Sponsors of the 2013 Competition

Lead sponsors of the 2013 competition are Davol Inc., Edwards Wildman & Palmer LLP, Embolden, Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP, Kahn, Litwin, Renza & Co., Ltd., Providence Journal Charitable Foundation, and University of Rhode Island.

Also supporting the competition are: Braemar Energy Ventures, Bryant University, Business Development Company, Care New England Health System, Center for Women and Enterprise, Cherrystone Angel Group, Citizens Bank Rhode Island, Collette Vacations, Deepwater Wind, FM Global, Freedom National Bank, GTECH Corporation, Hayes & Sherry Real Estate Services, InsureMyTrip.com, Johnson & Wales University, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, New England Institute of Technology, Economic Development Corporation, Rhode Island Small Business Journal, ShapeUp, Slater Technology Fund, Tech Collective, Teknor Apex, and Ximedica.

 

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