InnovateHER: Innovating for Women Business Challenge 2017

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The Big Deal
This is the only Portland event for the SBA's InnovateHER Innovating for Women Business Challenge 2017, ( and THEN from the pool of national semi-finalists (of which, Portland will have one), the SBA will select up to 10 finalists (of which, Portland may have one) who will then be invited to the National InnovateHER: Innovating for Women Business Challenge to be held in mid-2017. The finalists will pitch their products and ideas to a panel of expert judges and compete for the top three awards along with $70,000 in prizes. $40,000 for 1st place, $20,000 for 2nd place, and $10,000 for 3rd place.

Presenters: Founders will be given 4 minutes to pitch, and 2 minute to answer 1-2 questions from the audience. Those selected after filling out the one page form will be given first priority in pitching order. It is highly recommended you fill out the one page form. To request the one page form to apply to pitch, email Mark Grimes at mark dot grimes at gmail. Please get your one page forms filled out and returned by 1:00pm Thursday May 18th. Those selected to present will be notified on Friday May 19th.

Pitching: Women founded startups from all industries, the audience will select the winners

Judging Criteria:
1) Potential for commercialization (40%)
2) Impact on the lives of women, children and families (30%)
3) Fills a need in the marketplace (30%)

Emcee: Emma Mcilroy (, Emma is currently the CEO and CMO of Wildfang International Inc. Wildfang is the home for tomboys and brings a fresh, exciting and truly badass retail experience to young women all over the USA. Wildfang aims to serve both her tomboy style and tomboy spirit 24/7/365.

What: Women Founder Pitch Event
When: Wednesday May 24th 2017 - 5:30-7:15pm
Where: NedSpace - 707 SW Washington, Suite 1100

Timeline Breakdown:
5:30pm-6:00pm, social half hour
6:00pm-7:00pm, pitching & Q&A
7:00pm-7:15pm, audience voting
7:15pm winners announced

No Powerpoint allowed, talk to the audience, inspire them

$10 thru May 23rd
$25 day of at the door (May 24th)

Current location seating capacity is limited to 50 people

Audience: All people can purchase tickets, both men or women, men are allowed to buy tickets, just not pitch, capiche? Just women will pitch, people of all genders may purchase tickets. The purpose of the event is to give women a platform to showcase their entrepreneurial talent.

Basis: Women are 50% of the American population. Yet, less than 8% of investments go to women businesses. Let’s join Warren Buffet in his vision :”We’ve seen what can be accomplished when we use 50% of our human capacity. If you visualize what 100% can do, you’ll join me as an unbridled optimist about America’s future”.

Scholarship Tickets: are available if the ticket cost is a challenge at this time, contact Mark directly at mark dot grimes at gmail

Of course, the presenters are NOT buying their tickets, pitch events that charge for pitching are uncool.