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InnovateHER CT 2017

The Women’s Business Center at the Entrepreneurial Center and the Women’s Business Development Council are partnering to bring you InnovateHER CT 2015

SBA    The Women's Business Center is sponsoring the InnovateHER Competition.   Sarah Blakely Foundation

2017 CT Winner announced: Inventor of Garbage-eez 

Read about the local winner here.

Read about the national finalists here.


InnovateHER is a cross-cutting prize competition that unearths innovative products and services that help impact and empower the lives of women and families.  

Our workforce looks very different from 50 years ago. Women now make up nearly half of the labor force and play a critical role in our nation’s economic prosperity. Most children live in households where all parents work. And as our population ages, families are increasingly caring for aging parents while balancing the needs of work and home. As demands on women and families grow, the need for products and services that address unique challenges increases. The InnovateHER Challenge provides that platform.


  • Have a measurable impact on the lives of women and families
  • Have the potential for commercialization
  • Fill a need in the marketplace 


In early June, the Women's Business Center chose one local winner to be submitted to the SBA, who will now identify up to 10 Finalists. These finalists will be invited to travel to the live pitch competition in September 2017 (location TBD) and compete for up to $70,000 in prize money provided by the Sarah Blakely Foundation.

For more information on eligibility and rules, visit the SBA site.