R.I. biz plan competition


The Rhode Island Business Plan Competition is the leading community-supported business plan competition in the Northeast, supported by private businesses, colleges and universities, public entities, and nonprofit organizations.

Founded in 2000 by Garrett Hunter, then president of the Business Development Company of Rhode Island, the Competition aims to further develop the entrepreneurial spirit in Rhode Island and help create growth companies that will increase local employment.



Local US Event
Providence, RI
*Available in all states*

Submission Date


Business Plan Submission Date


Awards Date


Total Prize Cash (US Dollars)


Competition Category
  • Undergraduate - Local U.S.
  • Undergraduate - All U.S.
  • High School - Local U.S.
  • High School -All U.S.
  • Business - Local U.S.
  • Business - All U.S.
  • Technology - Other
Who's Eligible

Applicants, 18 years of age or older, may compete in one of the following tracks:

  1. Entrepreneur track — Open to any entrepreneur or would-be entrepreneur, 18 years of age or older.
  2. Student track — Open to any student, 18 years of age or older, enrolled in and attending an accredited college or university at the undergraduate or graduate level. All key members of the team must be students.
  3. Technology award — Open to anyone, 18 years of age or older, who is developing a technology related business.

Learn more about the competition tracks.

Competition Prizes

Winners and finalists will share cash and in-kind services expected to be valued at more than $200,000.

Winners will receive cash awards and in-kind services. Finalists in the two tracks will also receive cash and services. 

In addition, all finalists tracks will have the opportunity to present to a public audience on May 2, 2013, at RIBX 2013 at the Rhode Island Convention Center, sponsored by the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, after which the winners will be announced.


To participate in the Rhode Island Business Plan Competition, applicants must do the following:

  1. Complete and submit an online application by 5 p.m. Eastern time on April 1, 2013.
  2. Complete an Agreement and Certification form, sign it, and mail it postmarked no later than April 1, 2012, or hand deliver it by that date.