InnovateHer 2017 Pitch Submission
The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced the launch of InnovateHER: 2017 Innovating for Women Business Challenge. This challenge seeks to unearth businesses whose products and services help improve the lives of women and families. Finalists will compete for $70,000 in cash prizes.

The Women's Business Center at CEI is pleased to once again bring the InnovateHer Challenge to Maine. We will be choosing up to eight entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas. One winner from this local competition will be chosen as a semi-finalist in the national competition. The judging criteria is listed below.

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

We will be hosting our pitch competition on April 4th at the offices of Coastal Enterprises, Inc. in Brunswick.

Please fill out this form to be considered. The registration deadline to pitch is 11:59 PM on Thursday, March 30th. We will notify those participants selected to pitch by 5:00 pm on Friday, March 31st. Please email Kate Curran at or call 207.535.2942 with questions.

You can find more information about the InnovateHer Challenge at:

PLEASE NOTE: the InnovateHER Challenge is open to both men and women who meet the eligibility criteria.
First Name *
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Please provide a short description of your business [idea]. *
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Which stage most accurately fits your business? *
Please describe your ideal customer. *
Why do they buy your product? Where do they live? What else do you know about them?
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Who are your key partners? *
These could be other businesses, suppliers, or individuals who are crucial to your business success.
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InnovateHER finalists compete for cash prices ranging from $10,000 – $40,000. If you were to win one of those prizes, how would the money help your business? *
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How did you hear about InnovateHer? *
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Contest Rules
Participants must be at least 18 years of age, U.S. citizens or
permanent residents, and meet other requirements as defined in
the Competition Rules. See for full rules and details.
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