InnoVentures 2021

A pitch competition and fundraiser that puts women-, LGBTQ-, and Black, Indigenous, people of color-owned businesses in the spotlight.

InnoVentures empowers local, resilient small business owners to adapt and grow.

We work hard to demonstrate the value of innovation and entrepreneurship for our business owners. InnoVentures is an intentional effort to do something unique. Instead of a traditional nonprofit gala, we’ve created a dynamic event that strengthens local microbusinesses by educating, empowering, and equipping entrepreneurs to take their businesses to the next level.

InnoVentures is at the intersection of everything we do—business training, coaching, incubation, and capital. It’s all of Ventures services wrapped up into one event.

InnoVentures 2021 will be 100% virtual! While we normally present our annual fundraiser in person, we are committed to ensuring the health and safety of our contestants, judges, guests and staff. The good news? This year’s virtual format makes it more accessible than ever! Join us as we celebrate small business resiliency at our livestreamed event!

How it works

Business owners participate in a three-month-long bracket-style competition to the final event, where five entrepreneurs are judged on market demand, vision, innovation, feasibility, and presentation. On April 29th, Ventures entrepreneurs will pitch their ideas to a panel of judges and hundreds of community members like you. Register here!

InnoVentures Sponsorship Opportunities

Why sponsor InnoVentures?

This event strengthens Ventures’ mission of building businesses & transforming lives. For 25+ years, Ventures, a non-profit organization, has trail blazed micro-finance & community economic development in the Pacific Northwest. Through 374 low-cost or free business courses (scholarships widely given), $1,692,635 million in micro-loans, & over 30,000 hours of coaching, Ventures has empowered 8,720 entrepreneurs to exit poverty & launch their own small businesses. As an InnoVentures sponsor, your business is recognized for advancing socially responsible and equitable development.