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Invent-Her is Access to Entrepreneurship for Women

Collab's Invent-Her platform 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 and SecondMuse'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. All of the finalists have been notified and we are excited to see their presentations.

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.

If you missed the application deadline, please let us know if you would like to be notified about the next opportunity to pitch, as well as upcoming Invent-Her events at Collab.




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


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Futureworks Shops is New York City’s collaborative network of prototyping and innovation spaces where hardware startups turn their ideas into reality. All throughout 2019, you can access subsidized and discounted workspace, machinery and consulting expertise throughout the city. From studio space at NYDesigns in Long Island City, to CNC expertise at Supersmith in Red Hook, it’s all here. Head to Futureworks to explore all the shops: A/D/O, Baruch, Bronx Innovation Factory, Brooklyn Research, Collab, Craftsman Ave, NEW INC, NYDesigns, Pioneer Works, Supersmith and Tomorrow Lab.

Futureworks Shops is brought to you by Brooklyn-based SecondMuse and NYCEDC, and is part of Futureworks NYC, a key component of the City’s Industrial Action Plan that helps local hardware startups and manufacturers increase production here in New York.