Published Nov. 11, 2015
Eight local finalists will compete against each other tonight in the 2016 InnovateHER pitch competition, with the winner moving on to compete in Washington, D.C., against other national champions.
Selected from a total of 14 applications, the winner will have a chance to take home up to $40,000 at the national event. Last year, Gabby Bows won the regional pitch before finishing No. 4 in the national competition. It was later featured on both C-Span and in the Washington Post.
The event is put on by the City of Columbia’s Office of Business Opportunities in partnership with Columbia College, the USC-Columbia Technology Incubator and the S.C. Women’s Business Center. The event begins at 6 p.m. at the University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business.
The competition is a national women’s business challenge sponsored by the Small Business Administration and gives entrepreneurs a chance to showcase their products and services which help impact and empower the lives of women and families.