The Lt. Governor’s Entrepreneurship Challenge (LGEC) is a business pitch competition for Rhode Island high school students, grades 9-12.

The Lt. Governor’s Office is partnering with Millennial RI -- the state’s fastest-growing millennial professional network inspiring more millennials to #ChooseRI to work, live and play -- to launch the first annual Lt. Governor’s Entrepreneurship Challenge. The LGEC is a business pitch competition aimed at encouraging entrepreneurship in students at a young age and promoting business ownership here in the Ocean State. Through this program, high school students compete for scholarships to in-state post-secondary institutions.

The 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 open in Rhode Island. The written plan includes a company logo, mission statement, marketing plan, market analysis and more.

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

Questions? Call the Lt. Governor's Office at (401) 222-2371 or send an e-mail to ltgov@ltgov.ri.gov.