LGEC is made up of two main components:

1) The Written Business Plan: Students create a detailed business plan outlining their vision for a business they would like to start in Rhode Island. The written plan includes a company logo, mission statement, marketing plan, market analysis and more.

2) The Business Pitch: After all written business plans are scored, the top five scoring students advance to a final pitch competition. During the final competition, students give an oral presentation (business pitch) to a panel of judges made up of successful Rhode Island entrepreneurs. The final five students will receive scholarships based on the their business pitch scores.

  • 1st place - $5,000 scholarship

  • 2nd place - $2,500 scholarship

  • 3rd place - $2,000 scholarship

  • 4th place - $1,500 scholarship

  • 5th place - $1,000 scholarship



All Rhode Island high school students in grades 9-12 from public, private, charter and homeschooling groups are eligible to compete. The student must be a Rhode Island resident. The competition is for student-created business ventures. In other words, students must:

  • Have played a major role in conceiving the proposed venture

  • Have a key management role in the proposed venture



Thursday, April 11, 2019, 8:00 PM: Students submit written plans via e-mail to

Tuesday, April 23, 2019: The Lt. Governor’s Office announces the top 5 students who will advance to the final competition. All participants will receive e-mail notification.

Saturday, May 18, 2019 10:00 AM: Top 5 students give their business pitches at the final competition. Location: New England Institute of Technology, 1 New England Tech Blvd. East Greenwich, RI