InnovateHer 2017

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Pitching Details

Sultan Ventures will be hosting a local InnovateHER Hawaii Challenge, which is part of the national SBA’s InnovateHER 2017. A panel of esteemed judges will select one competitor to be submitted for consideration for the national InnovateHER Final Challenge. 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 national InnovateHER Final Challenge, up to 10 Finalists will compete for the Top Three cash prizes totaling $70,000.

Each finalist will be offered the opportunity to participate in the InnovateHER Final Challenge to be held in September 2017, where they will make a live marketing pitch to a panel of expert judges drawn from the private sector.

Application Process

To enter the local Sultan Ventures hosted InnovateHER Hawaii Challenge, entrepreneurs must first submit this application for review. A select number of entrepreneurs from the applications submitted to will pitch their ideas before a panel of judges at the InnovateHER Hawaii Competition on Monday, May 15th at 6:00pm at YWCA Laniākea – Downtown. One winner from this local competition will be chosen as a semi-finalist in the national competition.


This Challenge is open only to: (1) citizens or permanent residents of the United States who are at least eighteen (18) years of age at the time of their submission of an entry (or teams of such individuals); and (2) private entities, such as corporations or other organizations, that are incorporated in and maintain a primary place of business in the United States. Individuals submitting on behalf of corporations, nonprofits, or groups of individuals (such as an academic class or other team) must meet the eligibility requirements for individual contestants. An individual may belong to more than one team submitting an entry in this Challenge. SBA employees are not eligible, nor are Federal entities or Federal employees acting within the scope of their employment. Individuals or organizations that are currently suspended or disbarred by the federal government are not eligible for this Challenge.

Judging Criteria

The contestants will be judged on the following:

1. Has a measurable impact on the lives of women and families (30%);

2. Has the potential for commercialization (40%); and

3. Fills a need in the marketplace (30%).


Please fill out this form to be considered. Please scroll down to see the entire form. The registration deadline is Friday, May 5th. If you have questions or need additional information, please email Meli James at

Learn More

You can find more information about the InnovateHer Challenge at: SBA

PLEASE NOTE: the InnovateHER Challenge is open to both men and women who meet the eligibility criteria.


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FREE if you RSVP

$10 – At The Door


5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Mon, May 15, 2017


YWCA Laniākea – Downtown

1040 Richards Street, Honolulu

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