Small Business Administration: 2017 InnovateHER – Innovating for Women Business ChallengeDeadline: May 12, 2017
InnovateHER is a cross-cutting prize competition to unearth innovative products and services that help impact and empower the lives of women and families. Through the competition, the U.S. Small Business Association (SBA) is seeking to amplify products or services that fill a need in the marketplace and have the potential for commercialization.
As the competition unfolds, local competitions will be hosted by universities, accelerators, clusters, scale-up communities, SBA resource partners, and other economic development organizations. Entrepreneurs selected as winners in local competitions will advance to the semi-final round. From the pool of semifinalists, SBA will select up to 10 finalists who will be invited to the National InnovateHER: Innovating for Women Business Challenge to be held in mid-2017. The finalists will pitch their products and ideas to a panel of expert judges.
Each host organization is responsible for preparing the complete nomination package, including obtaining a copy of the relevant business plan from the winner and ensuring that the full package is submitted timely to the SBA.
Process for Becoming a Host Organization:
If you’d like to serve as an InnovateHER Host Organization, you must send a written request to the SBA via firstname.lastname@example.org no later than March 10, 2017 with the following information needed for the vetting process:
- The organization’s official legal name, street address, city, state
- Website of the organization (if applicable)
- The name of the organization’s designated Point of Contact (POC) for the local competition and his/her email address, and phone number
- Once SBA approves your request, you can host a local competition anytime through April 29, 2017