Get Started Rhode Island


Get Started Is Coming To Rhode Island

Cox Business is bringing “Get Started Rhode Island” (#GetStartedRI) to Rhode Island,  in partnership with Inc. magazine on Thursday, September 24th, 2015 at The Harbor Lights Country Club , 150 Gray Street,  Warwick, RI. Registration for the event is now open.

  • This event is FREE to attend  and open to the public but you must register to attend. 
  • Complimentary cocktails & networking reception – before and after the competition! 

Registration is now open – Limited Seating – Reserve Your  Seat Now

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Up to $10,000 In Cash & Prizes!

Get Started Rhode Island will highlight up to five entrepreneurs who will pitch their idea to a distinguished panel of experts. One winner will be named to receive up to $10,000  in prizes  including a one year Cox Business technology package.

Local businesses not competing are encouraged to attend this free event for networking and learning opportunities from accomplished leaders in digital marketing, funding and business growth strategy.

Congratulations To Our Finalists

Pitch submissions for this event are now closed, thank you to everyone that submitted.


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Get Started Rhode Island Panelists 

Each panelist is designed to bring a unique expertise to ensure finalists receive advice in many aspects of starting a business.

kenKen Kraft
Vice president of marketing for Cox Business, Cox Communications’ $1.8 billion division that provides video, voice and data telecommunications services to businesses. Kraft is responsible for the all B2B marketing including segment marketing, brand, product marketing, pricing, customer education and marketing communications.

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Editor at Inc. Magazine. before joining Inc., was the Opinion Editor of Reuters. He was the founding editor of Slate’s financial site The Big Money, deputy managing editor of CNN Money, and has published five books.


Kim Anderson 
President of Ava Anderson Non Toxic. She has founded and led several significant community based programs. Kim was awarded “Entrepreneur of the Year” award by the SBA in 1991 and “Citizen of the Year Award” in 2005 by the East Bay Chamber of Commerce for her Katrina relief effort


Ted Nesi
WPRI-TV 12 Reporter covering politics and the economy.  Writes Host of Executive Suite and panelist on Newsmakers



Steve DeOssie
Retired NFL player, co-owner of Fred & Steve’s Steakhouse, and WEEI radio personality




Get Started Rhode Island Sponsors


Get Started Rhode Island Event Partners
  • Ava Anderson Non Toxic
  • Social Enterprise Greenhouse
  • Hatch Entrepreneurial Center
  • Hope & Main
  • Central RI Chamber of Commerce
  • East Providence Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce
  • Newport Chamber of Commerce
  • Northern RI Chamber of Commerce
  • Roger Williams University
  • University of Rhode Island

You can enter the Contest by visiting the official registration page at (the “Website”) and completing all of the required information and following all posted instructions. Contest is open only to legal residents of Rhode Island who: (1) are at least 18 years of age; (2) are the owner, principal, or general manager of a business that is physically located within a Cox Business serviceable area. Entry Period begins 08/01/15. BY ENTERING THE CONTEST, YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT (1) YOUR MATERIALS ARE NOT CONFIDENTIAL AND NO CONFIDENTIAL OR FIDUCIARY RELATIONSHIP IS INTENDED OR CREATED BY ENTERING THE CONTEST; AND (2) THE CONTEST ENTITIES MAY POSSESS OR COME TO POSSESS INFORMATION THAT IS SIMILAR OR IDENTICAL TO YOUR MATERIALS, AND YOU HEREBY AGREE THAT THE CONTEST ENTITIES MAY USE SUCH SIMILAR OR IDENTICAL INFORMATION WITHOUT LIMITATION, COMPENSATION, OR CREDIT TO YOU. Void where prohibited. Sweepstakes subject to Complete Official Rules. To obtain a copy of the winner’s list or a copy of these Official Rules, send your request along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope to “Cox Business Get Started Rhode Island: Network. Learn. Pitch Contest” Winners/Rules, Shana Keith, Cox Communications, Inc., 1400 Lake Hearn Drive, Atlanta, GA 30319. Sponsor: Cox Communications, Inc., d/b/a Cox Business, 1400 Lake Hearn Drive, Atlanta, GA 30319.