InnovateHER Challenge

Studio B Creative Exchange, Inc is pleased to partner with the US Small Business Association to host InnovateHER 2017: Innovating for Women in Business June 3, 2017.

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June 3, 2017

       2-5pm

       Studio B Creative Exchange

613 N East St, Indianapolis, IN 46202

About the Studio B InnovateHER 2017 Competition

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is currently holding its 3rd annual business challenge — InnovateHER 2017. This competition helps identify innovative products and services with commercial potential that impact the lives of women and/or families. The national InnovateHER Challenge is underwritten by the Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation.

The SBA partners with local resources and has selected Studio B Creative Exchange to host a 2017 InnovateHER Indianapolis competition.

One local finalist will be selected by a panel of judges and audience in the Studio B competition on June 3, 2017 based on a 5min pitch describing their product/service/idea meeting the Challenge criteria and presenting the greatest potential for success. The Challenge criteria are:

  • Fills a need in the marketplace
  • Potential for commercialization
  • Impact on the lives of women and families

The local finalist will receive additional feedback and support in preparing her submission materials for the national SBA competition and for continued business growth at large from various partners. The SBA will review all local finalists and select up to 10 semifinalists for the national competition.  The 10 semifinalists will compete in Washington, DC in September for over $70,00 in prizes. 

The deadline for local entries is June 1 at 11:59pmest.  Participants will be confirmed by noon on June 2.

InnovateHER 2015 Competition Full Video. Watch the Inaugural InnovateHER 2015

 
  Pitch. is an opportunity to practice and prepare your 5minute pitch for constructive feedback. Three sessions will be held on:    Thursday, June 1,  12-2pm    Thursday, June 1,  3-5pm (online)    Friday, June 2, 4-6pm    Participation in Pitch. is NOT required to participate in InnovateHER. It was created to help you Own Your Moment.      Register for Pitch.

Pitch. is an opportunity to practice and prepare your 5minute pitch for constructive feedback. Three sessions will be held on:

Thursday, June 1,  12-2pm

Thursday, June 1,  3-5pm (online)

Friday, June 2, 4-6pm

Participation in Pitch. is NOT required to participate in InnovateHER. It was created to help you Own Your Moment.

Register for Pitch.

Additional resources for small businesses, including training classes, mentoring, and counseling, is also available through a network of partner organizations.  These organizations, resource partners, are located throughout the state at 10 SCORE chapter offices, 10 Indiana Small Business Development Centers, and two Women’s Business Centers; the Central Indiana Women’s Business Center located in Indianapolis and the Women’s Economic Opportunity Center in Fort Wayne.