Minority Business Assistance Center (MBAC) Program


Local Round First Place $1,000 Prize Sponsored by:

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Thanks to all of the companies that submitted their information for the UT Local Round of the InnovateHER competition!

Congratulations to One Seed Heritage for winning the competition and the top prize of $1,000.

We were also able to have a 2nd prize for the company that finished 2nd in the competition as well, so Congratulations to Artic Bites.

Thanks to our panel of judges for their time and commitment to the competition and continued success to all of the companies that participated.

Click Here to see the judges for the live pitch round.

The InnovateHER Challenge, created by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), is a national prize competition aimed at unearthing products and services that impact and empower the lives of women and families through local business competitions that culminate in a live pitch Final Round. During the InnovateHER Finals, up to 10 Finalists will compete for the Top Three cash prizes totaling $70,000 provided by Microsoft, in Washington D.C.

The local competition for Northwest Ohio is hosted by the University of Toledo and will be held on Tuesday, December 1st at The University of Toledo Scott Park Campus. The event is free and open to the public.

After completing registration, potential participants will have their documents reviewed and local finalists will be chosen to present their pitch to a panel of judges. Those chosen to compete in the local live pitch round will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • The product or service has a measurable impact on the lives of women and families
  • The product or service has the potential for commercialization
  • The product or service fills a need in the marketplace
  • The overall quality of the pitch presentation
  • The overall quality of the company’s business plan (No more than 20 pages)

We're sorry but submissions to the competition is closed.

The panel of judges will select a winner, announced on December 2nd. The winner will receive a $1,000 prize for the local contest and have their documents submitted to the SBA for a chance to be chosen to compete at the InnovateHER Finals in Washington, D.C. There is no fee to register.


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Local Competition

The Local Finalists identified will present to a panel of judges in their pre-determined time slot

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Winner Announced

The winner of the Local Round will be announced.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Local winner packet submitted to national SBA

UT will submit the business plan and business contact information for the local contest winner to the national SBA for consideration for the national finals round. There is no guarantee that the local winner will be invited to the national live pitch round.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

National Finals

If selected, the winner of the Local Round will compete in the Finals in Washington D.C.

March 16-17, 2016                     

Disclaimer: Winning the local round does not guarantee a spot in the final round.

The Local Round Finalists:

One Seed Artic BitesAlegriaBaby MunchButterflies



Frequently Asked Questions

For more information about the local challenge, please contact us at 419.530.3347

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