MassChallenge Rhode Island

MassChallenge Rhode Island is the fourth domestic location in MassChallenge’s global network. The program works directly with local leaders to connect entrepreneurs to a powerful community of resources across the Ocean state and along the Eastern Seaboard.

Our entrepreneurial program attracts top talent to the region and provides them the access they need to set roots and grow. MassChallenge Rhode Island is committed to advancing new technologies and innovations that will have a widespread impact on the way we live, work, and play. 

MassChallenge Rhode Island Continues to Accelerate


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How to Apply?

Learn more here!



For Startups: Program Benefits + Tracks

  • Unique programming tailored to support early-stage startups in Rhode Island
  • Up to $100,000 in cash prizes
  • Global network of corporate and government partners
  • Strong base of mentors and experts
  • Opportunity to connect regionally with the MassChallenge Boston ecosystem
  • Introductions to top corporate mentors and partners
  • Find more information and answers to frequently asked questions here.


Applications Open

29 January 2020

Applications Close

11 March 2020


April - May 2020

Finalist Announcement

28 May 2020

Accelerator Program

June - October 2020

MassChallenge Boston & Rhode Island Awards

October 2020

About our Industry Tracks:

As a leader in startup and corporate collaboration, MassChallenge Rhode Island will introduce a new industry track focused on driving innovation across the new frontier in Blue Tech. 

Blue Tech

There is an incredible opportunity to develop and deploy new tools and technologies that could transform how we understand and leverage the power of the ocean. The Blue Tech track brings together maritime leaders with startups that have the tools, technologies, and services needed to deepen our use of the ocean including aquaculture, ballast water, defense and security, fishing, logistics and supply chain, marine pharmaceuticals, marine transportation, offshore energy systems, offshore tourism, pollution and water treatment, port automation, ships and submarines, ship finance, and short sea shipping.

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Featured Startups

2019 Rhode Island Finalist
H2Ok Innovations
Water Treatment & Technology
2019 Rhode Island Gold Winner
Consumer Products

“As a founding partner of the MassChallenge Rhode Island program, Hasbro actively inspires and encourages creativity, and strives to provide resources for entrepreneurial activity across the state. Through our partnership with MassChallenge, we have the unique opportunity to engage with likeminded organizations and the innovation ecosystem to support the most-promising startups from around the world. These early-stage ventures are driving widespread impact across industries from entertainment to clean energy.”

- Brian Chapman President and Head of Global Design and Development, Toy/Game/Consumer Products  

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Hope Hopkins
Managing Director, Early Stage, New England

Hope Hopkins is a leading advocate for growing Rhode Island’s entrepreneurial and innovative communities. She is currently the Program Director of MassChallenge Rhode Island. Prior to joining MassChallenge Hope was a VP at the RI Commerce Department where she worked with companies in their expansion and relocation to the state.

Rhode Island Partners

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Our mission is to equip bold entrepreneurs to disrupt the status quo and to create meaningful change.