Arizona: InnovateHER 2016

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SBA Arizona District Office

The InnovateHER Challenge is a national prize competition aimed at unearthing products and services that impact and empower the lives of women and families through local business competitions that culminate in a live pitch Final Round in Washington D.C. During the InnovateHER Finals, up to 10 Finalists will compete for the Top Three cash prizes totaling $70,000 provided by Microsoft.  This year, the national InnovateHER Finals will be held on March 16 & 17, 2016 in the Washington, D.C. metro area as part of a larger Women’s Summit. For sponsorship opportunities related to the Women’s Summit, please contact:

In Arizona, for two of the three hosts, it is time for the state competition and pitch day events!

Contestants did not submit entries directly to SBA, but to host organizations.

ON NOVEMBER 5th, 2016 Arizona Women's Education and Entrepreneurship Center (AWEEc)  with SEEDSPOT and ASU Entrepreneurship + Innovation will host their FREE to attend pitch event at 5:30pm at the ASU Downtown Campus A.E. England Building 424 N. Central Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85004 (MAP). Come watch the entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to a panel of experts. Small businesses not competing are encouraged to attend to take advantage of additional networking and learning opportunities. RSVP FOR THIS EVENT.

ON NOVEMBER 5th, 2016, The Arizona Small Business Development Center will host their FREE to attend, Competition and Pitch event from 3:30-6:30 pm at Maricopa Community Colleges SBDC, GateWay Community College, 108 N. 40th St., South Building, Phoenix AZ 85034 (MAP). Come watch the entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to a panel of experts. RSVP FOR THIS EVENT.

Arizona's third host, Womens Business Center of Southern Arizona is still accepting submissions for the contest, but the deadline is NOVEMBER 6th. Click here to download complete rules and regulations. Their event days will be November 20th and 21st at the YWCA Southern Arizona, 525 North Bonita Ave., Tucson Arizona 85745.(MAP) Their event will feature experts in entrepreneurship, family and human development, and other areas. Participants will attend breakout sessions and workshops to help them perfect their idea, which will be presented to our panel of judges. For more information, please contact Victor Mercado, Women's Business Center, Deputy Director at or call (520) 884-7810, Ext. 112.

We are excited to see the innovations and products and services that are highlighted through this platform and wish all of the local winners the best. In 2015 one of the Arizona finalists went forward to the National competition. 

For a list of the finalists and winners from last year click HERE.