Welcome to Get Started Rhode Island 2023, presented by Cox Business and RIHub

Get Started Rhode Island has evolved from a pitch competition, into a year-long program to connect entrepreneurs with the resources they need, including mentoring, pitch development, creative support, financial and legal advice, all while preparing them for an exclusive opportunity to meet with potential investors and strategic partners.

What’s In It For You

  • A personalized coaching team, with RIHub selected coaches, to help move your business forward
  • Business profile on the Get Started website where your business will be promoted
  • Exclusive participation in an Investor Showcase where you’ll have a chance to meet with investors and strategic partners in a casual, no-pressure environment to discuss business, get and give valuable feedback and make connections that will pay off down the road – including investors from the New England Venture Capital Association
  • Cox Business prize package including $10,000 cash

Application deadline has passed.
Thank you to all our applicants.

Next Steps:

Phase 1

 Apply by August 18 (closed)

• Interviews to determine eligibility.
• Up to 20 businesses will be selected.

Phase 2

• Work with your coaching team

• Build a business profile

Phase 3

• Exclusive introductions to investor and strategic partners

• October 4, 2023: Participation in a local, in-person, Investor Showcase

• October 5, 2023:  Participation in a virtual, Lively Pitch Demo Day