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.