Mentoring Services - VMS of Rhode Island

VMS of RI offers entrepreneurial services throughout the state of Rhode Island to entrepreneurs and business owners.



A non-profit providing unbiased, experienced business advice and guidance to entrepreneurs in Rhode Island.

VMS of RI is a free and confidential service exclusively for the RI business community. VMS of RI harnesses the knowledge and experience of volunteer mentors and other business leaders to help entrepreneurs with innovative RI based ventures learn what they need to know to begin and sustain a business. VMS of RI believes that active support of entrepreneurial activities improves RI’s economic ecosystem and its role as a growing leader in innovation, thus broadening RI's base of potential financial support for business ventures. Relationships between mentors and aspiring entrepreneurs are established on the basis of each entrepreneur’s needs and preferences, and the interests of the available mentors. VMS of RI is open to any entrepreneurs who have innovative ideas they would like to see become RI based businesses.



VMS of RI is open to all entrepreneurs who are committed to bringing new and innovative businesses to the Rhode Island marketplace.

VMS of RI supports businesses on any level of the business spectrum; from concept through implementation.

Thanks again for organizing yesterday's meeting. I genuinely found it very helpful. I've been lucky enough to be part of a lot of mentoring programs. Normally it's great to get the support, but the advice doesn't really stick much. Yesterday was different. The advice provided by my mentors was all really relevant and eye-opening and worthwhile. So thank you for making it happen. —- Michelle Petersen, TextUp Co-Founder


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Entreprenaurs and business owners can apply for growth and business guidance through VMS of RI.

VMS of RI is here to support entrepreneurs in all stages of business development. Click below to learn more and apply.

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The mentors at VMS of RI are some of the most prominent and experienced business leaders in rhode island.

Our mentors are some of the most prominent and experienced business leaders in the Rhode Island Community.

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The MIT Model

VMS of RI closely follows the proven mentoring model for entrepreneaurs created by MIT.

Based on decades of experience, VMS of RI closely follows the proven model pioneered in the prestigious university, MIT.

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There’s lots of bad reasons to start a company. But there’s only one good, legitimate reason, and I think you know what it is: it’s to change the world.
— Phil Libin, CEO of Evernote