February 13, 2020 — Lt. Governor Daniel McKee has announced Rhode Island’s third Lt. Governor’s Entrepreneurship Challenge, a business pitch competition open to high school students across the state. This year, participants will compete for $14,000 in scholarships, the largest amount since the program launched in 2018.
Rhode Island students in grades 9-12 can take the challenge by submitting a business plan to the Lt. Governor’s Office by Friday, April 10, 2020. The top five students or student teams advance to a Shark Tank-style business pitch competition at the New England Institute of Technology in May 2020 where a panel of judges awards scholarships based on pitch scores. Students can apply and find guidelines for the challenge at www.rilgec.com.
Since 2018, over 90 students have participated in the challenge and 19 student finalists have received over $20,000 in scholarships.
The Rhode Island Association of Realtors was pleased to sponsor the Challenge along with Dr. Day Care, Massey & Associates Inc., Dunkin’ Donuts Franchisee David Batista and lead sponsor, the Credit Unions of Rhode Island, a local branch of the Cooperative Credit Union Association. Millennial Rhode Island, a local network of young professionals, is the program’s non-profit partner and fiscal agent.