A pitch competition and fundraiser that puts women-, LGBTQ-, and people of color-owned businesses in the spotlight.
Join us as Ventures celebrates 25 years of empowering entrepreneurs with limited resources and unlimited potential!
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 25 years of Ventures services wrapped up into one event.
How it works
Ventures’ entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to a panel of judges and hundreds of community members like you. Fifty business owners applied to participate in a bracket-style competition to the final event, where six entrepreneurs are judged on community need, entrepreneurship, innovation, feasibility, and presentation.
Contestants spend months honing their five-minute pitches with the support of experts and coaches teaching them the best techniques in public speaking and presenting. Even better, if they make it to finals, they go home with cash and prizes to grow their businesses.
March 26th is the culmination of three months of hard work, training, practice, and grit.
Participants develop and present an innovation, strategy, or product that grow their businesses. They work with coaches before the final event to develop and refine their pitches through clinics and preliminary competitions with the ultimate goal of advancing to the InnoVentures Finals on Thursday, March 26th.