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InnovateHER: Business Plan Competition

Win Up to $30K with the InnovateHER: Innovating for Women Business Challenge

InnovateHER Business Plan Competition

Have an innovation or product that could change the lives of women and families? Then this is your business plan competition.

Kansas City is hosting our own local competition for businesses interested in competing in the SBA's  national InnovateHER business challenge—with a chance to win up to $30,000 in cash prizes.

> Jump on this opportunity and download the application now.
Your deadline to submit your innovation or services is 5 p.m. on March 19. Email your application to Brande Stitt at the Women's Business Center.

InnovateHER

We know that our workforce looks very different from 50 years ago. Women now make up nearly half of the labor force and play a critical role in our nation’s economic prosperity. Most children live in households where all parents work. And as our population ages, families are increasingly caring for aging parents while balancing the needs of work and home. As demands on women and families grow, the need for products and services that address unique challenges increases. InnovateHER provides that platform.

Innovate HER is a nationwide competition to find the most innovative products and services that can empower women’s lives.

Challenge Criteria

The SBA is looking for entrepreneurs to create products or services that have

  • a measurable impact on the lives of women and families (30%)
  • the potential for commercialization (40%)
  • fills a need in the marketplace (30%)

How It Works

This is a tight window of opportunity. First, complete the application to participate in the Kansas City pitch competition by 5 p.m. on March 19. 

Judges will then select a small group of companies to present their full business plan and pitch on March 26 from 12:30-3:30 p.m. at Blue Valley CAPS. One winner from Kansas City will advance on to the semi-finals round at the national level. Once there, SBA judges will select 10 or more businesses to pitch in the final round in Washington, D.C.,during National Small Business Week (May 4 - 8).

  • Finalists will compete for cash prizes:
    1st - $15,000
    2nd - $10,000
    3rd - $5,000

Jump on this opportunity and download the application now.
Your deadline to submit your innovation or services is 5 p.m. on March 19. Email your application to Brande Stitt at the Women's Business Center.

More Awards and Competitions

Looking for more opportunities to let your business shine? Need a reason why? Learn how awards can sharpen your competitive edge (beyond $30K) and then check out these other competitions and awards.

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