Deadline to apply for R.I. Business Competition approaches

PROVIDENCE – The deadline to apply for the 2019 Rhode Island Business Competition is 5 p.m. on April 1, the competition organization announced Monday.

This year, the program will award prizes valued at more than $185,000.

Applications may be filed online for no cost. Finalists in the 2019 Rhode Island Business Competition will present their plans at an event on May 7 at the New England Medical Innovation Center in Providence. Following the pitches, winners will be announced.

Attendance to the event is free, but requires registration.

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The application process includes the submission of a full business plan. The organization rebranded in July from the Rhode Island Business Plan Competition to the Rhode Island Business Competition to emphasize the competition’s intended purpose was fostering the development of emerging companies in Rhode Island.

In other competition news, the 2019 NE Innovation Awards application deadline is 11:59 p.m. on April 1. Participants are required to submit a 2-minute video online. Applications should describe a business and its history, emphasizing innovative practices and approaches. Winners will be honored at the New England Innovation Awards Ceremony in October.

The organization is accepting applications in six fields: environmental impact and sustainability, wellness, technology/IoT/ electronics, life sciences (biotech/pharma/medical devices), manufacturing and robotics, and nonprofit.