LOCATION 225 Dyer Street, Providence, RI, 02903

DATE: February 6, 2020

TIME: 5:00 – 8:30 PM



Venture Café Providence is hosting 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. 

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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