2017 InnovateHER Competition

Hello Innovators, Inventors, and Entrepreneurs.

Do you have an innovation or idea that:

  • Has potential for commercialization
  • Has an impact on the lives of women and families
  • Fills a need in the marketplace

The 2017 InnovateHER competition is now open.

This competition is organized by the US Small Business Administration each year, and winners could receive up to $40,000 in cash and prizes to help fund their innovative idea. This year, Emerging Technology Ventures Inc., the Arrowhead Center at New Mexico State University, and WESST have partnered together to host a local competition for InnovateHER for the state of New Mexico. One lucky finalist will have their package sent to the SBA for possible inclusion in the national competition.

The schedule is shaping up to be intense. If you are interested in the competition, more information can be found at the InnovateHER Challenge site located here.

The package for the New Mexico local host competition can be downloaded from here. Once completed, the package can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.The planned schedule is as follow:


  • May 31st - Participant Package is due to the New Mexico local host
  • June 2nd - Top 3 contenders will be notified and a phone/web call will be scheduled with them
  • June 9th - Local winner will be announced
  • June 10th through 21st - Local host team will work with winner to polish their package for submission to the national competition
  • June 23rd - Winning package will be transmitted to the SBA for the national competition