Innovator Games at Women Entrepreneurs Summit hosted by C of C

CHARLESTON, SC - Think  Ideally,  a  Silicon  Harbor  based  specialty  company  that  addresses  the  needs  of  entrepreneurs  by  providing  a one-stop shop for services and clear  guidance  for success,  announced that they will  be hosting a female  Innovator  Games on March 17-18, kicking  off  the  “Celebrating  Women  Entrepreneurs”  Summit, hosted by the College of Charleston.  Think  Ideally and College of Charleston  tailored  this  unique  Innovator  Games to  address  the  gender  gap with the support of major universities including USC, Clemson and the Citadel.  Women-led, co-ed team of entrepreneurs and student innovators will create companies that are majority owned by women.

Think Ideally created the  Innovator  Games  as  a  competition-based  event  to  inspire  and  activate  innovation.  Participants  work  in  teams  to  deliver  a  solution  to  a  panel  of  judges and investor network.  In  this  competition,  participants  will  be  competing  for  cash prizes,   as  well  as  potential  seed  funding,  full-service incubation and  an  invitation  to  the regional  and national games.   In contrast with existing competitions, the Innovator Games runs on a unique platform that captures idea flow, measures milestones, collects success criteria and critical data points.  This digital platform allows for investors and companies to identify investment opportunities

and track post-investment development and progress.

According to a report released by U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, women-owned businesses are a $3 trillion economic force and support 23 million jobs but still face significant barriers compared to their male-owned counterparts when it comes to obtaining loans and growing their businesses.

“As a female entrepreneur of several tech companies, I have endured some of the challenges we read about everyday with regard to the gender gap,” said Cara Florence, Think Ideally co-founder. “My business partner Nicole and I saw this  as a great way to support forward-thinking women and provide them with an opportunity to compete.”

One of the Innovator Games corporate sponsors, Woodhouse Day Spa, is owned by Kimberly Powell who recently launched 12 franchises in the Southeast region.  She is a serial entrepreneur and inspiration to female entrepreneurs who will participate as a mentor at the event as well give a keynote speech and be included as one of the judges.  Kim has been a critical asset in driving support to the gender gap issue and addressing the lack of funding resources for women.

This  Summit, which will include some of  the most-accomplished  businesswomen  and educators such as Erin Andrews, Assistant Administrator of Small Business for the U.S. Department of Commerce and  Anita  Zucker,  CEO  of  the  InterTech  Group,  looking to move the needle and inspire change.

Registration  for the Innovator Games is now open to the public.  For  more  information  regarding  this  event  please  visit the website,  or  email info@innovatorgames.com.