The Inland Empire Women’s Business Center will host a local competition for Inland Empire entrepreneurs as part of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 2017 InnovateHER Challenge. The IEWBC is accepting applications now through May 12.

InnovateHER is a prize competition to discover innovative products and services that help impact and empower the lives of women and families. As demands on women and families grow, the need for products and services that address unique challenges increases.

InnovateHER provides an opportunity for entrepreneurs throughout the U.S. to showcase products and services that meet the following criteria:

1) Have a measurable impact on the lives of women and families,

2) Have the potential for commercialization, and

3) Fill a need in the marketplace.

For complete contest rules, visit the SBA’s website at sba.gov.

Applications are available at the IEWBC’s website, www.iewbc.org through the Special Events tab, and entries are due via email (PDF format only) by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 12. Entries will be scored and local finalists will be invited to deliver a 5-minute presentation about their service or product on May 23.

For more information, contact event coordinator Joelle Passerello at (909) 890-1242 or email jpasserello@iewbc.org.

The winning local entry will then move on to the national competition along with other winners from the local InnovateHER competitions nationwide. The winning local entry will be announced at the 2017 Inland Prosperity Conference on June 1. National finalists will have the opportunity to present a live pitch to a panel of expert judges in September and compete for up to $70,000 in cash prizes provided by Microsoft.

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