Manufacture NY x SBA InnovateHER Competition Starts Now!

We are so proud to announce a new opportunity for funding women-owned businesses in the Manufacture New York community, in partnership with the Small Business Administration (SBA) and Microsoft:

Manufacture New York is teaming up with the SBA + Microsoft to host an InnovateHER Challenge in Brooklyn in November 2015. This is a pitch competition for entrepreneurs looking to develop innovative products and services that impact and empower the lives of women and families. In order to participate in the InnovateHER Challenge, entrepreneurs must have a business idea that meets the following criteria:

  1. Has a measureable impact on the lives of women and families

  2. Has the potential for commercialization, and

  3. Fills a need in the marketplace

The winner of the Manufacture New York InnovateHER Challenge will compete to pitch their idea in the Women's Summit National Finals in Washington DC. The Women's Summit will be held on March 16-17, 2016, and entrepreneurs will pitch their business ideas for up to $70,000 in cash prizes provided by Microsoft.

In order to compete in MNY's InnovateHER Challenge, businesses must:

  • Must be a majority women-owned and women-run business, incorporated in the USA

  • Must be in the apparel, textiles, accessories, home goods, beauty, wearable technology or contract manufacturing industries

  • Must be Made In USA, with strong preference for Made In NYC

  • Must be available for a live pitch presentation on Tuesday, November 22nd 2015 in Brooklyn

  • Early stage startups welcome, must be under $3M in annual revenue and under 25 employees

To compete, businesses must submit an application with 10 slide pitch deck by Thursday, November 12th at 12PM. From there, our all-star panel of judges will review and we will host a pitch event and reception with all business owners & judges on Tuesday, November 24th at 6:30PM. 

More details available in our Dropbox & in the online application, email us at if you have any questions!