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Invent-Her is Access to Entrepreneurship for Women

Collab's Invent-Her is an opportunity for New York City-based female inventors and entrepreneurs to gain access, opportunity and support to start, grow or expand their business.  As part of NYCEDC's Futureworks Shops program, Collab has created Invent-Her to support women by providing six months of studio space and mentorship in Brooklyn to the winning entry.

Our next Pitch Party is September 12th. Applications must be submitted before midnight on August 28, 2019. Applications selected to participate in the Pitch Party will be notified by the first week of September.

One winner will be selected from the pitch night competition and given the space, support, resources and mentoring to help build a thriving business.  

Winners will receive:

  • Six months membership/desk space at Collab

  • 10K in support services for prototyping and more

  • Access to potential investors

  • Mentoring and startup support


Prior experience starting, operating or working in a business is not a prerequisite.  We are looking for a female, or a group of females with an idea that embodies the greatest impact.  We are looking for inventive ideas and entrepreneurs with the passion, wit and will to succeed.




Females (or individuals who identify as female).

Open to women or a team of women.  

To qualify, you must:

  • Live in one of the five boroughs

  • Your business or idea for a business must be in one of the five boroughs, or launched in one of the five boroughs

  • Hope to solve, or want to solve, a substantive problem


Sponsors & Partners


Collab is part of Futureworks Shops , which provides New Yorkers with prototyping and production credits, access to coworking opportunities, studio time, mentorship, and events across the city.  Other shops with great resources, and advanced manufacturing equipment include A/D/O in Greenpoint, Bronx Innovation Factory in Fordham Heights, Pratt Institute‚Äôs Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator in Bed-Stuy, Collab in Hudson Square, Craftsman Ave in Gowanus, NEW INC in Nolita, NYDesigns in Long Island City, Voodoo Manufacturing in Bushwick, and Zahn Innovation Center in Hamilton Heights.  Futureworks Shops is part of NYCEDC's Futureworks NYC initiative and is spearheaded by collaboration agency SecondMuse.