Rhode Island may be the smallest U.S. state but it is mighty! Home to more than 1 million people, the state has seen its Hispanic population increase by more than 40% over the past decade. Over half of Rhode Island’s private workforce is employed by small businesses with nearly 19% owned by a person of color. Since January 2020, over 38% of the state’s small businesses have closed, making the 2022 launch of EforAll and EparaTodos a crucial tool in helping small business owners get back on their feet.
The Accelerator is a free, one-year program offered twice a year in EforAll communities. It provides immersive business training, mentorship and access to an extended professional network. Anyone with a dream to start or grow a business is encouraged to apply.
Fast-paced, fun community events that enable early-stage entrepreneurs to gain valuable exposure and feedback on a business idea at no cost. Great opportunity to network and validate business idea with potential to win a cash prize from EforAll.
Rhode Island Entrepreneurs
This Business is Cleaning Up!
Rhode Island Spring 2023 All Ideas Pitch Contest
Event to be held on April 20, 2023. Must apply by March 30th @ 5 pm EST!
Rhode Island Summer 2023 Accelerator
Classes start on July 11, 2023. Must apply by May 11 @ 5 pm ET!
News and Local Stories
EforAll Launches its Business Accelerator Program in Maine to Expand Access to Entrepreneurship
Press Release – March 7, 2023
Holyoke’s Crave Restaurant is Dream Turned Reality
MassLive – February 21, 2023
Community Spotlight: Entrepreneurship For All (Radio Interview)
KUAF (NPR Affiliate) – Jan 27, 2023
Rodrigo Salas is Determined to Increase NWA Entrepreneurial Opportunities
Talk Business & Politics – January 19, 2023
How Cisco supports entrepreneurship today and every day
Cisco CSR Blog – November 15, 2022
Rhode Island Mentor Spotlight
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Leadership Advisory Board
- Melisa Carrascoza – Citizens Bank
- Melba DePena Affigne – Skills for Rhode Island’s Future
- Carmen Diaz-Jusino – BankNewport
- Deirdre Jannerelli – Bank5