InnovateHER - 2015 Innovating for Business Challenge
Cash prizes totaling $30,000 are up for grabs in the SBA's national business competition known as InnovateHER. The intent of this competition is to spur greater conversation, collaboration and cooperation at all levels to support women and families. Targeted applicants are entrepreneurs (both women and men) with a product, service or technology that:
○ has a measurable impact on the lives of women and families
○ has the potential for commercialization
○ fills a need in the marketplace
The top 5 applicants in Portland will be asked to pitch their product, service or technology at the Microsoft Store in the Domain on March 31, 2015 from 11:30am -1:00pm. The local winner will be announced immediately following the last pitch and their application package will be submitted to the SBA the next day.
The SBA will then identify 10 finalists of the approximately 100 local winners across the country. These 10 finalists will be invited to pitch their story in front of a panel of expert judges in Washington D.C. during SBA's National Small Business Week, May 4-8, 2015.
The top 3 finalists at the national level will receive priceless exposure of their product, service or technology, along with:
$15,000 for first place
$10,000 for second place
$5,000 for third place
Please note: Finalists will be responsible for covering their own travel costs to Washington D.C. for the national competition.
Sunday, March 29, 2015: Deadline for Portland Applications
Monday, March 30, 2015: Notification to Finalists
Tuesday, March 31, 2015: Finalists Make Pitches at Microsoft Store
Wednesday, April 1, 2015: Local Winner Submitted to SBA
Monday, April 6, 2015: 10 Local Winners Selected for National Contest
Monday, May 4-8, 2015: 10 National Finalists Compete in Washington D.C.
Submit business plan (preferably less than 10 pages, any format is acceptable) as soon as possible but not later than 5pm Sunday, March 29, 2015 to email@example.com
The local host committee will immediately review all applications and invite the top 5 finalists to make a 5-10 minute pitch at the Microsoft Store in Pioneer Place on Monday, March 30, 2015 from 5:30pm - 7:30pm.
Local winner will be announced and their package will be submitted for the national competition on April 1, 2015.
Top 10 national finalists will be invited to pitch in Washington D.C.