★ 2020 ★
THE FACES OF
GET STARTED RHODE ISLAND
Winner GoPeer and Fan Favorite Winner VISIT
Get Started Rhode Island was created eight years ago as way for Cox Business to showcase the vibrant entrepreneur community in our state . Each year more and more local companies apply to compete in a pitch style competition that results in one company being awarded a prize package worth $ 50,000 , including $ 25,000 in cash and a variety of services from Cox Business and local partners . Plus the audience gets to select a “ Fan Favorite ” to win $ 5,000 in cash . Due to the 2020 pandemic , Cox Business held the event virtually and was excited to see the same level of enthusiasm from applicants , finalists , the judges , local officials , sponsors and the community in general .
The 2020 Winner , GoPeer , pairs vetted college students with K-12 students for virtual tutoring lessons , bringing cost effective and high quality educational support to students across the United States and globally . Congratulations to Ethan Binder , Erik Laucks and Zura Mestiashvili !
Congratulations also to Katherine Magee , Layne Mayer , ( right photo ) and Dr . Lynn Serper of VISIT for being the 2020 Fan Favorite winner . VISIT is a subscription activity kit and website for caregivers of people with dementia .
To learn more about GoPeer , VISIT , other finalists and Get Started Rhode Island in general , please go to www . getstartedri . com .
Main photo , from left to right : Ethan Binder , Zura Mestiashvili , Erik Laucks GoPeer , www . gopeer . org , VISIT , www . thevisitkit . com