About the InnovateHER Challenge:

InnovateHER Challenge provides an opportunity for entrepreneurs throughout the U.S. to showcase innovative products and services that help impact the lives of women and families. Through the competition, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is seeking to amplify products or services that:

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

Applicant Guideline:

All applicants will be required to sign a consent form indicating that he/she has read the guidelines and understood the rules stated in the applicant guideline document.

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Acknowledgement Form:

Please return your signed Acknowledgement Form to Sebastian Garzon by emailing to Sebastian.Garzon@tamucc.edu

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Local Competition Schedule:

Local Competition Kick-Off April 17, 2017
Local Competition Submission Due Date May 22, 2017 by 5:00 P.M.
Notification of Finalists of the local Competition May 23 - 25, 2017
Pitch Coaching May 26 - 31, 2017
Local Pitch Contest June 2, 2017
Announcement of the local winner June 2, 2017
Local Winner due to SBA June 23, 2017
Top 10 Finalists Announced July 31, 2017
National Competition September 2017

Frequently Asked Questions:

Please click HERE to review some FAQs regarding the InnovateHER Challenge

Entry Submission:

Please download the Application Package which includes

  1. Application Form
  2. Business Plan Overview
Entries must be submitted no later than 5:00PM (CT) May 22, 2017 by emailing to Sebastian.garzon@tamucc.edu. Contestants with incomplete application form will be disqualified from the competition. All fields on the application package are required unless otherwise noticed.

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One-on-one assistance:

One-on-one assistance in preparing a business plan overview is available through:

  1. Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi's Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center
    Contact Name: Sebastian Garzon, Program Manager
    Phone Number: 361-825-3539
    Email Address: Sebastian.garzon@tamucc.edu
  2. The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Del Mar College
    Contact Name: Monica Benavides, Program Coordinator DMC SBDC
    Phone Number: 361-698-2422
    Email Address: Mbenavides11@delmar.edu
  3. SCORE - Counselors to America's Small Businesses
    Contact Name: Rebecca Esparza, Director of Business Development
    Phone Number: 361-779-5453
    Email Address: corpuschristi@scorevolunteer.org

For more information, please visit: sba.gov/innovateHER
Questions about the local competition? Please contact Sebastian Garzon at
Sebastian.garzon@tamucc.edu or call 361-825-3519