LOCATION 225 Dyer Street, Providence, RI, 02903

DATE: February 6, 2020

TIME: 5:00 – 8:30 PM


Click HERE to apply!

Applications close on January 10, 2020 at 12:00 PM EST.



Venture Café Providence is currently seeking applicants for its inaugural Pitch Contest on February 6, 2020 at 6pm.
The winning pitch will receive up to $1,000 in cash prizes!

Participants will be chosen based on completion of application, articulation of the business model, and potential to generate value. Venture Café seeks to support an increasingly diverse entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Women and minority-owned businesses are strongly encouraged to apply.

Pitches are limited to 3 minutes
Judges will be given 2 minutes for follow up questions
A concise pitch deck is strongly encouraged



Leading up to Pitch Night, a series of free workshops will be hosted by Venture Café and Rhode Island Business Competition to help strengthen your business case and pitch. 

Define Your Business | Jan 8, 5:30-7:00 PM

Hosted by Rhode Island Business Competition

You have what sounds like a good idea, but does it have potential to become a growing business? A panel of experts will explore how to evaluate potential business ideas. Issues to be addressed include: Where ideas for new businesses originate; Identifying potential customers; How to test whether an idea has legs as a business; How to determine the financial feasibility of your idea; How to get started


Intro to Budgeting and Forecasting | Jan 16, 5:40-6:30

Building a sound budget for your venture is vital to shaping your market strategy and communicating the your business case. Maryann Matthews (MultiCultural Innovation Center) leads a workshop offering techniques for utilizing Excel to build templates for more accurate budget and forecast models.


Building a Compelling Pitch Deck | Jan 30, 5:00-6:30

Learn the strategies and systems behind building a compelling and persuasive pitch deck. Stuart Paap (Pitch DNA. @stuartpitch) leads an interactive workshop for emerging entrepreneurs seeking to enhance their effectiveness at communicating a vision, building a business case for new ventures, and attracting financing.


Make Your Business Case | Feb 5, 5:30-7:00 PM

Hosted by Rhode Island Business Competition

Making your business case—whether via a full written plan, slide deck, or formal presentation—is demanding. Knowing how all the pieces fit together, so you can tell your story in a compelling way, helps you engage potential investors, partners, and employees to support your vision. George Simmons, a highly experienced business executive and investor, will explain how the architecture of your business idea drives your plan.


If you have additional questions, please contact avi.mallinger@vencaf.org

Thank You!


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