October 5, 2017

SBA: 2017 Finalists Named For InnovateHER Business Challenge For Innovations That Empower Women’s Lives

10 Visionary Entrepreneurs Will Take Part in Pitch Competition Before an Expert Panel of Judges

Administrator Linda McMahon, the head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, today announced the 2017 finalists of the SBA’s InnovateHER Business Challenge, the nationwide competition highlighting innovative products, services or technology developed by visionary entrepreneurs that have a measurable impact on the lives of women and families, and in the marketplace.

“It is my great pleasure to announce the finalists of the SBA’s 2017 InnovateHER Business Challenge – entrepreneurs who demonstrate extraordinary innovation and talent,” McMahon said.  “Small businesses are the engines of our economy and the SBA is proud to advocate on their behalf and ensure they have the tools they need to start, grow and succeed.”

The 10 finalists were selected through a rigorous nationwide competition held by host organizations, including universities, accelerators, and SBA Resource Partners that ran local area competitions through June 3, 2017.  Next, an executive committee of SBA officials evaluated more than 120 semi-finalist nominations and chose 10 finalists to participate in the National Pitch Competition, whose products and services best meet the competition criteria and present the greatest potential for success.

The InnovateHER Business Challenge finalists are invited to conduct a marketing pitch before a team of expert judges at the National Pitch Competition held on October 26, 2017, in Washington, D.C., as they compete for the top three awards totaling $70,000 in prize money, provided by the Sara Blakely Foundation.

For details on the competition, visit www.sba.gov/innovateHER.  This site will be updated as more information regarding the event is made available.


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