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Innovating for Women Business Challenge

2017 InnovateHER: 
Innovating for Women Business Challenge

Are you ready for the challenge of a lifetime? Do you have an innovative product or service that can serve as a catalyst of change and make an impact on the lives of women and families? If so, we have the perfect opportunity for you to showcase your product or service! The Small Business Administration (SBA) is seeking entrepreneurs to create a product or service that will have a measurable impact on the lives of women and families with commercial appeal and serve to have a demand in the marketplace. 

In partnership with the SBA, the Pasadena City College Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is the local host for InnovateHER: 2017 Innovating for Women Business Challenge May 15 to June 3. This unique and engaging women’s business challenge will allow you the platform to introduce your specialized product or service to the marketplace with the potential to expand and grow your business.

Subject of Challenge:

The SBA is looking for innovative products and services that help impact and empower the lives of women and families. Contestants must develop a product or service that meets the following three Challenge criteria:

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

 Examples of a product or service would be anything from an online service that lists approved child care home or daycare centers in your local area to a convenient delivery service that brings fresh groceries to your door.

Prize for Winners of National Competition:

Cash prizes totaling $70,000, provided by the Sara Blakely Foundation, will be awarded to the three highest-rated contestants in the final round of the competition in the following amounts:

  • 1st place $40,000
  • 2nd place $20,000
  • 3rd place $10,000

For winning entries submitted by teams of competitors, prize money will be awarded to the self-identified project leader for distribution to the rest of the team at their discretion and independently from SBA.

Participants must be at least 18 years of age, U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and meet other requirements as defined in the Competition Rules.


How Can I Compete?

  • Complete the application; due on June 3, 2017.
  • Submit Business Plan (Must include Executive Summary and Financials maximum 20 pages) due on June 3rd end of day,  to Late submissions will not be accepted.  Include in the subject line, “InnovateHer Applicant”.
  • Committee members will review all entries and notify the winner by June 15, 2017.
  • The winner of the local competition will advance to the semi-final round in Washington DC!

Please click here for all competition materials and information.


More Questions?

Contact PCC SBDC at 626-585-3106 or

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