MassChallenge Rhode Island

Launched in 2018, MassChallenge Rhode Island connects entrepreneurs to a powerful community of resources and support in Rhode Island and regional opportunities in Boston, in addition to our global network of leading corporate partners, policymakers, and innovation leaders. We are committed to supporting and inspiring the next best innovations that will reshape our world. 

Program Benefits

  • Unique programming tailored to support early-stage startups in Rhode Island
  • Up to $50,000 in cash prizes
  • Opportunity to connect regionally via the MassChallenge Boston ecosystem
  • Four months of free office space in the heart of Providence, Rhode Island
  • Introductions to top corporate mentors and partners


Applications Open

7 February 2018

Applications Close

28 March 2018


April - May 2018

Finalist Announcement

23 May 2018

Accelerator Program

June - October 2018

Startup Showcase

July 2018

MassChallenge Rhode Island Awards

October 2018

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Kiki Mills Johnston
Managing Director

Kiki Mills Johnston is Managing Director of MassChallenge Boston. In this role, she oversees the Boston and Rhode Island accelerator and key initiatives, including MADE@Masschallenge. Previously, she served as the Chief Innovation Officer for Mission Capital, a Central Texas-based nonprofit advisor that helps solve community problems and drive social change.

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MassChallenge strengthens the global innovation ecosystem by accelerating high-potential startups across all industries, from anywhere in the world.