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CBBIC Seeks Submissions for InnovateHER Challenge

April 18, 2017

InnovateHER Challenge

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center (CBBIC) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi invites you to help impact and empower the lives of women and families through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 2017 InnovateHER Challenge. The Business Innovation Center is honored to host a local competition for the Coastal Bend region. The local competition will run from Monday, April 17, through Monday, May 22.

The aim of the competition is to amplify products or services that will have a measurable impact on the lives of women and families, have the potential for commercialization and fill a need in the marketplace. The first place winner from this local competition will advance to the semi-final round administered by the SBA and will receive a one-year affiliate membership to the Business Innovation Center. The finalists of the national competition will compete for the top three awards in cash prizes:

  • 1st Place: $40,000

  • 2nd Place: $20,000

  • 3rd Place: $10,000

“The Challenge promises to enrich the lives of women and families in the Coastal Bend region by making women a bigger part of the innovation space and recognizing and supporting innovations that advance women’s lives for the better,” said Russell Franques, Associate Director of Client Relations at the Business Innovation Center.

The deadline to submit your idea for the local competition is Monday, May 22, by 5 p.m. The InnovateHER Challenge is open to citizens or permanent residents of the United States who are at least 18 years old and private entities, such as corporations or other organizations, that are incorporated in and maintain a primary place of business within the United States.

Competition finalists will be notified between May 23-25, before moving on to the local pitch contest, which is the next phase of the competition taking place on June 2.

This challenge is part of a collaboration between Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and the SBA. For more information, or to submit an entry, visit http://cbbic.tamucc.edu/innovateHER2017/.