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Join us for the Reception + Competition

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LocalShops1 has been selected to host a regional round of the national InnovateHer Challenge, sponsored by the Small Business Administration. 

The InnovateHER Challenge provides an opportunity for entrepreneurs to showcase products and services that:

  • Have a measurable impact on the lives of women and families (30%)
  • Have the potential for commercialization (40%)
  • Fill a need in the marketplace (30%)

Participants must be at least 18 years of age, U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and meet other eligibility requirements as defined in the challenge rules.

To apply to compete in the LocalShops1 Local Round, please fill out this form online and email a PDF of your business plan to LocalShops1 founder Ester Venouziou at no later than Nov. 1, 2015. 

Finalists for the local round will be announced in mid-November and will be invited to participate in a live pitch competition  5-8 pm Dec. 2, 2015, at the Catherine Hickman Theatre in Gulfport.

The local round is presented by LocalShops1 and sponsored by the Gulfport Area Chamber of Commerce. For sponsorship information email