Anthony Mangiarelli Named Co-Chair of Rhode Island Business Plan Competition

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Rhode Island Business Plan Competition, New England’s leading community supported business plan competition, today announced that Anthony Mangiarelli, principle with the New England accounting firm of KLR, based in Providence, has been named co-chair of the organization.

Mangiarelli joins Margaret “Peggy” Farrell, partner in the Hinckley Allen law firm, in guiding the organization, which launched its 2015 cycle last week, and succeeds Larry Davidson, who served as co-chair since 2009.

“Anthony is deeply connected with the startup community and, from his professional experience, fully understands what it takes to build a growing company,” said Farrell. “We’re fortunate to have him join our management team.”

With more than 15 years of public accounting experience, Mangiarelli has worked with clients in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, professional services, distribution, and employee benefit plans.

Mangiarelli is chair of KLR’s Emerging and Start Up Business Services Group, which partners with entrepreneurs, using innovative technologies to guide them in developing their business model.

Mangiarelli was named by the Providence Business News to the 2011 class of “Forty under 40,” a program that identifies young business executives or entrepreneurs who have exhibited great career success and community involvement.

A speaker at business forums across southern New England, Mangiarelli is a member of Betaspring and the Cambridge Innovation Center, and serves on the United Way of Rhode Island Finance Committee and as an advisory board member of Community College of Rhode Island.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and a Master of Science in Taxation degree, both from Bryant University.

Sponsors of the 2015 Competition

Lead sponsors of the 2015 Competition are Cumulus Media-Providence, Edwards Wildman, Embolden, Focus Vision Media, Hinckley Allen, KLR, and the Providence Journal Charitable Fund.

Also supporting the Competition are Brown University, Bryant University, Center for Women and Enterprise, Envision Technology Advisors, FM Global, Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, Hatch Entrepreneurial Center, Johnson & Wales University, Providence Business News, Roger Williams University, Slater Technology Fund, and Utilidata.

Additional sponsors include Business Development Company, Care New England, Centreville Bank, Cherrystone Angel Group, Deepwater Wind, Delta Dental of Rhode Island, Dimeo Construction Company, GTECH, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, Navigant Credit Union, RBS Citizens, Santander Bank, Teknor Apex, The Moore Company, The Washington Trust Company, and Ximedica.

Additional support is provided by AAA Southern New England, Betaspring, Biomedical Structures, CVS/Health, Freedom National Bank,, Rhode Island College, Starkweather & Shepley, and Tech Collective.

About the Competition

Established in 2000, the Rhode Island Business Plan Competition has been recognized as one of the top 40 business plan competitions in the country. To date, it has awarded more than $1.6 million in prizes to competitors developing companies across many industries.

In addition to awarding prizes, the Competition hosts educational events in the months leading up to the application deadline. They include business development, financial planning, and presentation skills workshops. In addition, the competition hosts the annual Rhode Island Elevator Pitch Contest. Complete information, including rules, application procedures, guidelines, and business plan resources, is available at

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