Sponsors of the 2018 Rhode Island Business Plan Competition

The Rhode Island Business Plan Competition thanks the following organizations and individuals whose generous support makes the 2018 competition possible.

Pillars

Bryant University

Bryant University
Bryant University has a 144-year tradition of excellence in higher education. The depth and breadth of the academic programs in the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Business offer students the flexibility to explore courses that pique their individual interests. Bryant’s unique integration of the business and the liberal arts prepares students to apply their knowledge and skills upon graduation. Outstanding faculty, state-of-the-art facilities and technology, and a focus on the development of the individual transform and empower students. The goal is to help students to realize their personal best in life and their chosen professions.

Everhope Foundation

Everhope Foundation

Sponsor of the 2017 Competition and presenting sponsor of the May 16 Awards Ceremony.

MedMates

MedMates
MedMates is Rhode Island’s first medical technology network group dedicated to galvanizing collaboration between med-tech companies, hospitals, universities, sources of capital and governmental partners. Our mission is to support and accelerate med-tech opportunities in the Ocean State. Founded in 2013, MedMates members have deep experience in the fast-changing med-tech field, ranging from startups to mature companies and everything in between.
Leaders

Hinckley Allen

Hinckley Allen
Hinckley Allen is a full-service law firm with 150 lawyers and offices in Providence, Rhode Island; Boston, Massachusetts; Hartford, Connecticut; and Concord, New Hampshire. Since 1906, the firm has been providing expert legal counsel to corporations, organizations, and individuals, and has earned a reputation for legal excellence delivered with a personal touch. The firm provides legal services to individuals and businesses, including many of the region's publicly held corporations and emerging business. Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP's practice is organized into the following principal practice areas: construction, corporate and business, employee benefits, environmental, health, intellectual property, litigation, real estate, labor and employment, personal financial planning, securities, and technology.

Integrated Media Group

Integrated Media Group

Integrated Media Group (IMG) is a full-service digital marketing agency, with offices in Johnston, RI and Boston, MA. Our focus is on helping your business create engaging online content that captivates your target audience, increases brand awareness and drives sales. We do this by leveraging popular social media platforms, executing email marketing campaigns, increasing online search visibility, optimizing your web presence and implementing marketing automation strategies. IMG is also the publishing company of the Rhode Island Small Business Journal. 

KLR

KLR
KLR is one of New England's premier accounting and business consulting firms. With 160 team members and offices in Providence, Boston, Waltham, and Newport, KLR provides a wide range of services to both individuals and businesses. Ranked one of the largest firms in New England, KLR’s growth and commitment to client service is unparalleled in the industry. Communication, cost saving strategies, relationships, and excellence are the core of our commitment to our clients. KLR has been awarded three Practice Innovation Awards and named one of the Best Places to Work (four years in a row). Our award-winning firm helps ensure our ability to retain the most talented professionals to support your business.

Materials Science Associates - Former Competitor!

Materials Science Associates - Former Competitor!
Materials Science Associates offers experienced, multi-discipline consultants focused on providing qualified, relevant expertise and in-depth analysis for those seeking Biomedical, Engineering and Scientific consultation and services. Our vision is to enable passionate engineers and scientists to apply knowledge and pursue innovation.

Sprout

Sprout
Sprout is a coworking community that offers a variety of flexible and dedicated work and meeting spaces to individuals and organizations. Members include entrepreneurs, freelancers, established businesses and new businesses. Any person or team that needs a work or meeting space can find one at Sprout. Membership benefits include a business mailing address and participation in a diverse and supportive community.  Meeting facilities are available to anyone. Our location at 166 Valley Street, Providence, has many amenities including ample free parking. We also operate an art gallery and are part of Gallery Night Providence. Come for a tour!
Pace Setters

Barlow, Josephs & Holmes, Ltd.

Barlow, Josephs & Holmes, Ltd.
Established in 1857, Barlow, Josephs & Holmes, Ltd. is one of the oldest intellectual property law firms in the United States. The firm specializes in all facets of patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret law including patent, trademark and copyright protection, related litigation and enforcement. Barlow, Josephs & Holmes is a small firm which is well-suited to providing personalized and speedy legal services, at reasonable cost, to small individual clients and large corporate clients alike.

Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce

Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce
The Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce working with the Innovation Providence (IP) Committee distributed US Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration funding to support local economic opportunities like the RI Business Plan Competition, which focuses on growing the state’s Knowledge Economy. The Chamber is a membership organization that fosters the development of a positive and productive business climate. The IP Committee oversees strategy and investment surrounding the development of Rhode Island’s Knowledge Economy.
Trail Blazers

Bank of America

Bank of America
Bank of America is one of the world's largest financial institutions, serving individuals, small and medium-sized businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk management products and services. The company began serving Rhode Island more than 220 years ago, when a group of local merchants, mariners and civic leaders founded Providence Bank.  Bank of America maintains a large statewide presence, with 35 banking centers, 110 ATMs and thousands of employees.

Betaspring

Betaspring
Founded in 2009, startup accelerator Betaspring has worked with 91 companies, using their mentorship and investment model to help early stage companies go farther, faster. Among the first 10 accelerators to launch worldwide, the Betaspring portfolio has raised $50 million in follow-on funding and produced four exits, including the acquisition of Tracelytics by AppNeta in 2012.  Betaspring recently launched RevUp by Betaspring in 2015, the first non-equity accelerator for 'revenue-first' companies ventures where revenue is the primary driver of growth.

Brown University Jonathan M. Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship

Brown University Jonathan M. Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship

Brown University, founded in 1764, has a rich history of entrepreneurship and support of the local economy. Brown students, faculty and alumni take advantage of a growing array of undergraduate, graduate and continuing education courses, programs and events related to entrepreneurship and innovation. New ventures are a vibrant mix of for-profit and social mission companies that include bio-tech, green-tech, web, consumer, education, service, and healthcare. The Nelson Center, launched in 2016, provides an interdisciplinary approach to entrepreneurship learning and research that is unique in higher education.

Center for Women & Enterprise

Center for Women & Enterprise
Established in 1995, the Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) is a non-profit rganization dedicated to helping women start and grow their own businesses. As New England’s leading organization for women entrepreneurs, we work hard to ensure that all women, regardless of their economic status, are provided access to our programs and services. CWE offers scholarships to disadvantaged clients while fostering influential relationships for successful businesses women at the other end of the financial spectrum. CWE provides education, training, resources and connections to women (and men) in Boston, Worcester, and Providence. CWE is the New England affiliate for Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, serving as its certification arm for women-owned businesses.

Envision Technology Advisors

Envision Technology Advisors
Envision Technology Advisors has been providing business and technology consulting and implementation services to the New England market for more than a decade. With offices in the Providence and Greater Boston markets, Envision knows that technology solutions need to start with people - your people, our people, and the people your business serves. With specialties that include  desktop and data center virtualization, cloud solutions, SQL infrastructure assessments and remediation, IT managed services, network and wireless consulting, website design and development, and more, Envision is proud to help clients make the most out of the technologies they use in their organization.

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses at CCRI

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses at CCRI
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses at CCRI is a 12-week business education program that helps Rhode Island small businesses grow and create jobs. Through the program, designed by Babson College - the top entrepreneurial school in the nation - small business owners gain practical skills in topics such as negotiation, marketing and employee management that can immediately be put into action. In addition, business owners receive the tools and professional support to develop a strategic and customized five-year growth plan. Every accepted applicant receives a full scholarship. Review eligibility requirements and apply at 10ksbapply.com.

Hatch Entrepreneurial Center

Hatch Entrepreneurial Center
The Hatch Entrepreneurial Center is a collaborative workspace for early-stage businesses and entrepreneurs, located at 244 Weybosset Street in Providence. It provides 6,000 square feet of office space to its associates and typical workplace amenities such as phone and internet access, fax, scanner, and copier machines, conference rooms, and meeting spaces. Most importantly, it enables entrepreneurs to meet and review business plans, discuss operational issues with other start-ups, and connect with mentors in the areas of accounting, finance, international business, law, marketing, and management.

Roger Williams University

Roger Williams University
Roger Williams University is an independent university that combines the unique strengths of small liberal arts colleges and those of larger comprehensive universities where liberal and professional education are enhanced by their integration and the recognition of their unity.

Social Enterprise Greenhouse - Former Competitor!

Social Enterprise Greenhouse - Former Competitor!
Social Enterprise Greenhouse -- an Entrepreneur Track finalist in the 2012 Rhode Island Business Plan Competition -- creates positive social and economic impacts by supporting social entrepreneurs and enterprises with the tools and networks they need to thrive. We are a network of business and community leaders who contribute time, expertise and money to create jobs and support positive change through social enterprise.

Tech Collective

Tech Collective
Tech Collective is Rhode Island’s Bioscience and Information Technology Industry Association. Uniting industry, government, and academic stakeholders, our mission is to inspire, engage, educate, and employ a high-skill, high-wage Knowledge Economy in Rhode Island. Since its transition from the Rhode Island Technology Council (RITEC) in 2004, Tech Collective has received more than $8M in federal, state, and private grant funding to foster industry and workforce awareness, collaboration, and development through forums and initiatives including: Tech10, GRRL Tech, Women in Technology, Bio-Ed, and STEM-based education and training programs for K-16 students as well as incumbent and transitioning workers.

University of Rhode Island College of Business Administration

University of Rhode Island College of Business Administration
The University of Rhode Island is the principal public research and graduate institution in Rhode Island with responsibilities for expanding and transmitting knowledge, and for fostering its application. Its status as a land grant, sea grant, and urban grant institution highlights its traditions of natural resource, marine, and urban related research. The University is committed to providing strong undergraduate programs to promote students' ethical development and capabilities as critical and independent thinkers.
Pioneers

AAA Northeast

AAA Northeast
AAA Northeast operates as a not-for-profit auto club that provides travel, insurance, finance, and auto-related services for its members in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Jersey. It offers roadside assistance programs, as well as products and services for the travel, insurance, and financial services industries. The company was founded in 1900 and is based in Providence, Rhode Island with additional offices throughout Rhode Island.

Bank Rhode Island

Bank Rhode Island
Bank Rhode Island is a full-service, FDIC-insured commercial bank based in Providence. The bank’s capital strength gives it the capacity to serve businesses of all sizes – from sole proprietorships to large corporations. Its local focus and consistent approach to business lending has made it the #1 SBA Lender in Rhode Island for the past two years. The bank operates 17 branches and over 60 ATM’s across the state.

Business Development Company

Business Development Company
The Business Development Company is a non-bank lender, regulated by the state of Rhode Island, which provides gap and direct funding, in the form of debt or equity, to help promising but often undercapitalized companies in Rhode Island and nearby Connecticut and Massachusetts grow and expand employment. Since our founding in 1953, we have assisted hundreds of companies to become stronger competitors while helping to retain and create thousands of jobs in Rhode Island, as well as jobs in Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Delta Dental of Rhode Island

Delta Dental of Rhode Island
Delta Dental of Rhode Island is the state’s leading dental insurer, administering dental benefits for nearly 587,000 members. Headquartered in Providence, we remain a symbol of strength and stability in the local dental insurance arena. For more than 50 years, Delta Dental has provided affordable dental insurance to employers, individuals and families across the country. As the nation’s largest, most experienced dental benefits carrier, Delta Dental protects more than one-third of the estimated 166 million Americans with dental insurance,  covering more than 59.5 million people in over 97,900 groups nationwide.

Dimeo Construction Company

Dimeo Construction Company
Dimeo Construction Company is an industry leader in providing innovative planning and construction solutions to clients in the educational, institutional, healthcare, life sciences, commercial and corporate sectors throughout New England. Ranked by ENR among the Top 100 construction managers in the United States, Dimeo’s 225 professionals value strong team collaboration and working from a “Builder Mindset” in assuring our clients a successful project outcome.

Navigant Credit Union

Navigant Credit Union
Navigant Credit Union, Rhode Island's first credit union established in 1915, possesses a rich history of providing financial services to individuals and families throughout Rhode Island. At the end of its first year in operation in 1915, the Credit Union recorded assets of $22,000. Today, with more than one billion dollars in assets Navigant Credit Union is among the largest credit unions in Rhode Island and one of the strongest in the country and takes pride in offering all the same products and services as a "big" bank while maintaining a personal touch.

Pawtucket Credit Union

Pawtucket Credit Union
The smarter way to bank is an endeavor that sets Pawtucket Credit Union apart from other banking institutions through our commitment to providing the best in products, services, and rates.  As an organization founded by, and run for, the benefit of its members, this philosophy is woven throughout all our business and civic activities.  As the banking landscape continues to evolve, PCU remains steadfast in our commitment to delivering The Smarter Way to Bank and assisting our members in achieving a bright financial future.

Richard G. Carriere

Richard G. Carriere

Richard G. Carriere, CFP®, CAP®
Senior Vice President, Morgan Stanley

Savings Institute Bank & Trust

Savings Institute Bank & Trust
At Savings Institute Bank & Trust, we have been helping individuals and businesses achieve their financial dreams since 1842. Our world has changed since we served our first customer, but our commitment to the communities we serve hasn’t. As banking has evolved, so have we. We pride ourselves on being innovative and providing the smartest experiences, technology, and solutions every day, to every customer, every time. Our solutions are tailor-made to fit the needs of not only individuals but not for profits, municipalities, and businesses throughout our network of Eastern Connecticut and Southern Rhode Island offices.

Slater Technology Fund

Slater Technology Fund
The Slater Technology Fund focuses on the support of entrepreneurs who have the vision, leadership and commitment to build substantial business enterprises, providing seed stage capital to companies committed to basing and building technology-based businesses in Rhode Island. Slater typically invests at the inception stage in the development of a new venture, often based upon ideas and technologies originating in academic institutions, government research laboratories or commercial enterprises located within the region. In most cases, investments are premised upon the possibility of raising substantial follow-on financing, be it from venture capital investors or from strategic partners, the rationale being that such external funding will accelerate the creation of a significant number of high value, high wage jobs over the intermediate to longer-term.

Teknor Apex

Teknor Apex
Teknor Apex was established in 1924 and is privately-held with global headquarters in Pawtucket, RI.  We manufacture in 9 plants in the U.S. as well as plants in England, Belgium, Singapore and China. We are an international custom compounder of advanced polymer materials with a focus on vinyls, thermoplastic elastomers, nylons, bioplastics and colorants. We serve key markets including automotive, building and construction, appliance, toys and recreation, industrial, medical and wire and cable. We are also the largest manufacturer of garden hose in the U.S.

The Beacon Mutual Insurance Company

The Beacon Mutual Insurance Company
The Beacon Mutual Insurance Company is the premier writer of workers' compensation insurance in the State of Rhode Island. Chartered by the state in 1990, we are a mutual workers' compensation insurance carrier with over 12,000 policyholders and 60% of the workers' compensation market - serving both the competitive and residual markets. We are financially secure, with approximately $400 million in admitted assets and we return excess surplus to our policyholders in the form of lower premiums and/or dividends.

The Idea Turbine

The Idea Turbine
Dave Lubelczyk | The Idea Turbine is a one-man think-tank who converts obstacles into jet-propelled actions. He specializes in helping entrepreneurs, management teams, and business owners get unstuck. By extracting solid timely action items out of the conceptual chaos and options that swirl around in the heads of entrepreneurs, Dave steers the business toward success and growth.

The Moore Company

The Moore Company
The Moore Company is a diverse group of capital-intensive manufacturing companies united by a common goal: to assist in the growth of the world-class brands we serve. We contribute significantly to the success of the leading names in healthcare disposables, apparel, graphic arts, sporting goods, industrial power equipment, and marine products. We are a family-run business in its fourth generation. Elastic fabrics and rubber materials continue to be among our core products, but they are now complemented by expertise that ranges far beyond the textile industry that our founder first served.

The Washington Trust Company

The Washington Trust Company
The Washington Trust Company is a subsidiary of Washington Trust Bancorp, Inc., a $3.1 billion corporation headquartered in Westerly, Rhode Island. Founded in 1800, Washington Trust is the oldest community bank in the nation and is the largest independent bank headquartered in Rhode Island. A state-chartered bank, Washington Trust offers a full range of financial services, including business banking, personal banking, and wealth management and trust services through its offices located in Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts. The Corporation's common stock trades on The NASDAQ Global Select® Stock Market under the symbol WASH.
Innovators

BankNewport

BankNewport
Founded in 1819 and currently holding $1.1 billion in assets, BankNewport is an FDIC-insured savings bank and is a subsidiary of the Mutual Holding Company, OceanPoint Financial Partners, MHC. Along with its financial partner, OceanPoint Insurance Agency, Inc., BankNewport is proud to serve the financial needs of customers from banking and insurance offices located throughout southeastern New England. BankNewport is headquartered in Middletown, Rhode Island, and has 12 branch locations throughout Newport County, Bristol County, East Greenwich, North Kingstown and Narragansett, Rhode Island.

Cherrystone Angel Group

Cherrystone Angel Group
Cherrystone Angel Group, founded in 2004, is Rhode Island’s first organized angel investment group and today includes approximately 50 members. All members are experienced and qualified investors who have either built their own companies or have extensive experience launching new business ventures. Many have done both. Their backgrounds include creating or working with manufacturing, distribution, technology, and service companies. Many have been serial entrepreneurs. To help ensure the success of our investments, Cherrystone Angel Group actively works with the entrepreneurs in which it invests.

Classic Hassocks

Classic Hassocks
Founded inn 2014, Classic Hassocks serves the growing demand and market in New England for a unique and personal piece of furniture created by the Carriere family, which has provided quality upholstery services for three generations.

Deepwater Wind

Deepwater Wind
Deepwater Wind believes that gaining energy independence is both a national priority and a practical, achievable goal. The winds off our eastern seaboard are strong, unlimited, and reliable, and can be harnessed using today’s proven technology. America will need all types of renewable, domestically generated energy in the coming years. But only offshore wind energy can be developed at a rate and scale required to bring about the change we need today. We are developing utility-scale wind farms in deep waters that will provide abundant clean energy—up to 1,000 megawatts or more at each wind farm. Just as important, these large wind farms will be generating power closest to where it’s needed most—in energy-constrained East Coast markets where power is commonly generated using fossil fuels and construction of new generation is difficult. In the process of developing and operating these wind farms, we will partner with state and local governments to foster economic development. The benefits of new jobs, clean energy, and reduced reliance on foreign energy sources will be seen by coastal communities — and the entire country.

InsureMyTrip

InsureMyTrip
Established in 2000, InsureMyTrip is the leading, consumer-oriented online travel insurance aggregator worldwide. Featuring insurance comparisons from the top industry providers, InsureMyTrip is a unique, one-stop resource designed to meet consumers’ comprehensive travel insurance needs all in a secure environment. InsureMyTrip also specializes in providing integrated technology solutions for the travel insurance industry, with over 2,000 private-labeled and co-branded travel-related websites around the globe. InsureMyTrip is headquartered in Warwick, RI, with additional offices and data centers in Connecticut and Oregon.

Newport Biodiesel - Former Competitor!

Newport Biodiesel - Former Competitor!
In service to thousands of kitchens across Southern New England, Newport Biodiesel converts used cooking oil into millions of gallons of clean burning biodiesel each year. Newport Biodiesel is proud to be a part of a clean energy future. We are excited to support the Rhode Island Business Plan Competition. Together we can Fuel a Greener New England.™

StormTree - Former Competitor!

StormTree - Former Competitor!
StormTree, a national company based in Rhode Island, and Entrepreneur Track finalist in the 2014 Rhode Island Business Plan Competition, designs and markets tree filter systems that integrate street trees with stormwater collection to naturally cleanse infiltrating water of pollutants in urban and suburban streets. StormTree was founded in 2014 based on belief that a better way existed to provide sustainable stormwater pollutant control in land used development and urban streetscapes. By harnessing the ever working natural processes within the plant/soil community to include biological and chemical interactions, stormwater remediation of pollutants can be effectively achieved.