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

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.

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.

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.

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.
Pioneers

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.

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.

Richard G. Carriere

Richard G. Carriere

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

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 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.
Innovators

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.

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.

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.