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IgniteWA-InnovateHER2016 Puget Sound has released the winners from InnovateHER2016 Business Pitch Competition held on Wednesday, Nov18,2015 at Bellevue College. Categories included Overall Best Business Pitch Award, Best Impact Award, and Best Presentation Award.

10+ local entrepreneurs across Puget Sound presented their services or products that support and empower women & families to an expert panel of judges. Business pitches were evaluated on three main criteria: whether the product or service has a measurable impact on women and families (30 percent); whether the product or service has potential for commercialization (40percent); and whether the business fills a need in the marketplace (30 percent).


IgniteWA and its community would like to congratulate the following InnovateHer2016 Puget Sound award winners:

  • 1st Prize Winner - Overall Best Business Pitch Award - The Feminina Group, Jill Angelo

  • 2nd Prize Winner - Best Impact Award - Kal Academy, Kalpana Viswanathan

  • 3rd Prize Winner - Best Presentation Award - Keiko DNA Labs, Juliet Dang


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We are excited to host #INNOVATEHER 2016 competition as part of the national launch of the SBA’s InnovateHER 2016: Innovating for Women Business Challenge and Summit.  The InnovateHER Challenge is a national prize competition aimed at unearthing products and services that impact and empower the lives of women and families through local business competitions that culminate in a live pitch Final Round.


During the InnovateHER Finals, up to 10 Finalists will compete for the Top Three cash prizes totaling $70,000 provided by Microsoft.  This year, the national InnovateHER Finals will be held on March 16 & 17, 2016 in the Washington, D.C. metro area as part of a larger Women’s Summit.



Here's your chance to pitch your product or service to experts and investors for a chance to compete in a national SBA competition to win the $40,000 first prize.   



As part of the competition, you'll learn how to package your business idea so that investors want to support it, and practice pitching your business idea to real angel investors.  In this dynamic training, you'll learn how to evaluate your business model and how to pitch your business to angel investors. You'll have a practice run with real angel investors, and you'll be able to get feedback and perfect your pitch.  


Then you'll have a chance to do your pitch "for real" for the InnovateHER contest.  


Participants who  place in this competition will go on to compete for a place in the national InnovateHER competition, which includes a $40,000 first prize, a $20,000 second prize, and a $10,000 third prize.  

  • The clinic will be held in one session at Bellevue Microsoft Store on Wednesday, November 11th from 3:00PM—6:00PM. 

    • This clinic will focus on professional pitch coaching and preparing your company to be attractive to investors. 

    • The cost of the training is $99 for both sessions.

    • Register today

  • Business Pitch Competition will be held on Nov18th, 2015 at Bellevue College.



Rules and Frequently Asked Questions:

1. 2016 INNOVATEHER Challenge Summary

2. 2016 INNOVATEHER Challenge Rules

3. 2016 INNOVATEHER Challenge Informational Flyer

4. 2016 INNOVATEHER Challenge  Frequently Asked Questions

5. Info about SBA: INNOVATEHER2016




1. SBA Business Plan Template : Fill-in-the blanks, online, savable template


2. SBA How to Write a Business Plan : Narrative outline with questions and considerations


3. SBA Business Smart Toolkit: A three-part “Ready, Set, Go” educational module for instructors


4. SCORE Business Plan Templates : For different stages of business (startup, existing, financial forecast, etc.)




For sponsorships and mentorship information, please contact Chai at 510-579-4945 or

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