Kenya Wright pitches EverCore, a composite company specializing in the lamination of fiberglass onto foam cores.

For the uninitiated, taking the archaic metal grate elevator to the Founder’s League facility on the third floor of Chestnut Street might seem like an exercise in paradox.

On the one hand, the space is replete with a hammock, ping pong table, and craft beer taps. But mingling among the space on the night of Thursday, December 4 was a small army of diverse professionals – from students to seniors, designer suits to overalls – eager to share their ideas with the world.

It could only be an elevator pitch competition in Providence.

Organized by the Rhode Island Business Plan Competition, the event hosted nearly 30 different business ideas, pitched to an all-star panel of judges (including Hatch’s own Dan Murphy)  in a standing-room only room.

The ideas were are diverse as the purveyors who pitched them. Top-placed entrants included everything from a car dealership tracking device to an eating utensil for picky eaters. The top honor went to Willem Delventhal, a Roger Williams student who pitched a video game eCard service.

Check out the full results below.


1st Place:

  • Willem Delventhal – “Nuanotes”

2nd Place:

  • Alter Jackson – “Z-Zoom”

3rd Place:

  • Vyoma Gandhi – “Plasmonics”
  • Daniel Giovacchini – “TrustFall”
  • Michael Markarian – “Mount Dream”

4th Place:

  • Charles Chase “RI Hydroponic Lettuce”
  • Melissa Desrochers “Pick-Ease”
  • Alyssa Garrett -“RoadMap”
  • Dena Paolino – “Striking Beauties Boxing Gym for Women”
  • Meghan Pike and Tiffany Harrison Givens – “HARRISON+PIKE”


  • Blaine Carroll, vice president of strategic initiatives, Delta Dental of Rhode Island, Providence
  • Jim Grace, president and CEO,, Warwick
  • Daniel Murphy, principal, Hatch Entrepreneurial Center, Providence
  • Kelly Ramirez, CEO, Social Enterprise Greenhouse, Providence
  • Jennifer Schwall, executive director, Cherrystone Angel Group, Providence

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