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 $1,000 in cash prizes sponsored by WebsterBank!

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.

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!


Dr. Ezenwayi Amaechi is an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and the Faculty Consultant at the Entrepreneurship Center (eCenter) at Johnson & Wales University. As a Social Entrepreneur, she offers business coaching and mentorship as well as innovative research-based entrepreneurial training such as financial literacy strategies, operational strategies, and marketing strategies to women and youth in developing nations.

Jamie Schapiro serves as the Principal of Aperture, a management consulting firm that provides early and mid-stage businesses with a fresh, new lens and helps them focus on the essentials for driving growth. He has been a key contributor to five early-stage, premium-branded consumer companies including Premama, Clif Bar, and Jamba Juice. Jamie was formerly CMO of locally-based Premama, one of Rhode Island’s hottest startups, where he remains a member of their Advisory Board. Jamie resides in Portsmouth, RI, loves working out of Innovate Newport and mentoring with VMS of Rhode Island.

Leonora Valvo is a Founder and CEO of Swoogo, an event marketing software solution, her fifth venture. She has raised seven kids and over $20 million dollars in venture funding. She serves on the Venture Mentoring Service of Rhode Island and is co-chair of the Economic Development Advisory Board in Warren. Her hobbies include classic sports cars, sailing (which she only began learning two years ago) and tennis.

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