2017 InnovateHER Pitch-Off

The 2017 InnovateHER pitch competition highlighting Phoenix area female entrepreneurs happened June 1, 2017 at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University’s downtown campus.

Winners

The Overall Winner was Mallory Dyer, GraphLock, a mobile and web-based application that transforms a smartphone, tablet or a laptop into a fully functioning scientific and graphing calculator with a unique LockDown mode. The Judges’ Choice award went to P.K. FieldsElderSense, a solution for finding high quality, senior living, assisted living homes and adult group homes.

Mallory Dyer of GraphLock at 2017 Phoenix InnovateHER Grant and Pitch Showcase.
Mallory Dyer of GraphLock, Overall Winner, 2017 Phoenix InnovateHER Grant and Pitch Showcase.

Sponsored and organized by Co+Hoots Foundation, ASU E+I, Maricopa Small Business Development Center and Women Who StartUp, female founders were invited to apply for the 2017 Phoenix InnovateHER Grant and Pitch Showcase in May. Applicants submitted a pitch deck and business plan.

Judging Criteria

The submissions were judged on: having a measurable impact on the lives of women and families; having the potential for commercialization; and filling a need in the

P.K. Fields, ElderSense, Judges' Choice award, 2017 Phoenix InnovateHER Grant and Pitch Showcase.
P.K. Fields, ElderSense, Judges’ Choice award, 2017 Phoenix InnovateHER Grant and Pitch Showcase.

marketplace. Finalists were invited to the present at a public event June 1st. The competition winner is then submitted to a national pool for a chance to pitch in Washington D.C. for $70,000 in grant funding.

2017 Phoenix InnovateHER judges were Donna Davis, Regional Administrator, US Small Business Administration; Annie Groth, CFBS, Financial Designs and Services, MassMutual-Arizona; Rick Stoddard, Partner, Coplex; and Kathy Sacks, Founder & CEO; COLEAP.

Finalists

Finalists in the 2017 Phoenix InnovateHER Grant and Pitch Showcase included:

Women Who Startup–Phoenix

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2017 Phoenix InnovateHER Grant and Pitch Showcase

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