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Monday, March 2, 2015

The Brandery and UpTech to Host InnovateHER Competition in Cincy

The Brandery and UpTech are seeking dynamic local innovators as they bring a nation-wide contest home to #StartupCincy.

InnovateHER, a U.S. Small Business Administration initiative, is a cross-cutting women’s business challenge to unearth innovative products and services that help impact and empower the lives of women and families.

“Our workforce has changed in the last 50 years,” program director for UpTech Amanda Greenwell said. “Women now make up nearly half of the labor force and, as the demands on women and families grow, so does a need for products and services that are designed specifically for women.”

To enter, local startups must submit an application up until March 5.

Judges, made up of members of The Brandery, UpTech, Bad Girl Ventures and other business leaders, will then select up to 10 startups to pitch their idea at a live event from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. March 9 at The Brandery.

The winner of the live pitch event will then represent Cincinnati in the Small Business Administration's national pitch competition.

“We're excited to have support from the Small Business Administration in the region," General Manager Mike Bott said. "We hope to have an awesome company come out of Cincinnati and represent us well in Washington, D.C."

If selected as one of 10 finalists, the startups will travel to Washington D.C. during National Small Business Week May 4 through the 8 where they’ll compete for top three awards and prize money totaling $30,000.

For more information about InnovateHER, click here.

Tickets for InnovateHER: Cincinnati are available here.

For any questions about the March 9 live pitch event, e-mail

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