JOIN THE 2016 InnovateHER

JOIN THE 2016 InnovateHER

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 positively impact and empower the lives of women and families?

If so, we have the perfect opportunity for you to showcase your product or service! The SBA’s2016 InnovateHER: Innovating for Women’s Business Challenge is a national prize competition seeking entrepreneurs who create products or services that will have a measurable impact on the lives of women and families with commercial appeal and a demand in the marketplace.

THE CHALLENGE: In partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Good Work Network/ SELA Women’s Business Development Center will serve as a local host for InnovateHER: 2016 Innovating for Women Business Challenge.

Up to four (4) finalists may be invited to present their pitches on November 19, 2015 at the Good Work Network, 2028 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. If you are selected a finalist, you will have 5 minutes to present your pitch.

Our local finalist will then be submitted to the SBA. Chosen SBA finalists will be invited to travel to Washington D.C. to take part in a live pitch competition as part of a larger Women’s Summit.Finalists will compete to win up to $70,000 in prize money provided by Microsoft.

TO APPLY: Complete the online application by November 16th, 2015. (If  the business plan is not submitted with your online application you can email it to or hand deliver to 2028 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. New Orleans, LA  70113).

CRITERIA: We are seeking proposals that:

  1. Have a measurable impact on the lives of women and families – 30%
  2. Have the potential for commercialization – 40%
  3. Fill a need in the marketplace – 30%

ELIGIBILITY:The competition is open to both men and women. Southeast Louisiana residents and Southeast Louisiana-based businesses may apply. Participants must be at least 18 years of age and U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

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