SOURCE: RI Business Plan Competition

October 26, 2006 16:11 ET

Rhode Island Business Plan Competition Announces Nov. 9 Elevator Pitch Event

PROVIDENCE, RI -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 26, 2006 -- The Rhode Island Business Plan Competition today announced that it will hold the first statewide Elevator Pitch-Off on Nov. 9, at which participants will present their business ideas in 90 seconds to a panel of judges and get immediate feedback and a chance to win cash prizes.

The event, co-sponsored with the Brown Forum for Enterprise, is open to anyone, but pre-registration is required.

"Making a good, persuasive business presentation requires practice, and this elevator pitch competition provides a great opportunity for new and existing entrepreneurs get in front of a panel of professionals who will give them a constructive critique," said Competition Co-Chair Charles Kingdon.

Garrett Hunter, president of the Business Development Company of Rhode Island and competition co-chair, noted, "The goal of business plan competition events is to provide insights and skills that all entrepreneurs need. While the Elevator Pitch-Off will help presenters directly, everyone attending should learn a lot."

Up to 30 presenters will make a 90-second presentation each to a panel of six judges. Following each presentation, the judges will give a minute or two of feedback about the clarity and persuasiveness of the presentation. At the end of the evening, cash prizes totaling $1,000 will be awarded to the best presenters.

While the Elevator Pitch-Off is an event of the 2007 Rhode Island Business Plan Competition, participation is independent of the competition itself. Those considering applying to the competition are not required to participate in the Pitch-Off. Anyone may participate in the Pitch-Off whether or not they apply to the competition.

Judges for the Elevator Pitch-Off include:

--  Peter Dorsey - Sr. Vice President, Business Development Company of
    Rhode Island, Providence
--  Maryann Pernorio - Consultant, Strategy and Finance, Providence
--  Barbara Schoenfeld - Principal, Ligature Partners, LLC, Providence
--  Phyl Speser - CEO, Foresight Science & Technology, Providence
--  Danny Warshay, Founder and Managing Director, DEW Ventures,
    Providence, and Adjunct Lecturer, Brown University
The Rhode Island Business Plan Competition will award $125,000 in prizes to this year's winners. The deadline to apply is April 2, 2007. Winners will be announced May 1.

Signing Up for the Nov. 9 Elevator Pitch-Off

To register to make a presentation on Nov. 9, presenters are asked to send an email to that includes:

--  Their name
--  Contact information (mailing address, email and phone)
--  Title of their project/company
--  Brief description of their idea (300 word limit)
--  Students should specify their institution
To register to attend the event as an observer, please visit

About the Rhode Island Business Plan Competition

The Rhode Island Business Plan Competition, a nonprofit organization that seeks to promote entrepreneurship and the development of start-up and early stage companies in Rhode Island, is supported by 24 local organizations, including public and private companies, universities and colleges, and public agencies.

Sponsors include: Brown Rudnick Berlack Israels, LLP, Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP, and Kahn, Litwin, Renza & Co., Ltd., Brown University, Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge, LLP, Embolden Design, and Nortek, Inc.

Also supporting the competition are: Brown Forum for Enterprise, Business Development Company of Rhode Island, Cherrystone Angel Group, Citizens Bank, CVS/pharmacy, Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, Heartlab, Johnson and Wales University, Point Judith Capital, Providence Business News, Rhode Island Commodores, Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation, Slater Technology Fund, Sovereign Bank, Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Tech Collective, and University of Rhode Island.

Complete competition information, including rules, application procedures, guidelines, and business plan resources, is available at

Contact Information

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