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Northwest Iowa to debut Dream Big Grow Here Contest - Deadline Extended to February 13th!
 
January 20, 2015
 
The economic development organizations in northwest Iowa are teaming up to bring the statewide Dream Big Grow Here business grant contest to our region for the first time. The Dream Big Grow Here contest is an opportunity for Iowans to fulfill their dreams of self-employment or expansion of their current business. Once entrepreneurs submit their dreams to start or expand a business, they will encourage friends, family, and customers to vote for them online. The finalists will compete in a pitch off for a chance to win thousands of dollars in cash prizes. From now until January 31st, entrepreneurs in Cherokee, Lyon, Monona, O’Brien, Osceola, Plymouth, Sioux and Woodbury counties can submit their business ideas to www.DreamBigGrowHere.com. Entrepreneurs will place their ideas in one of the following six categories will be judged: Pre-revenue, Retail/Wholesale, Hospitality/ Restaurants, Ag/Production, Professional Services, and Manufacturing/Bioscience/ Information Technology. Voting on the submitted ideas will take place February 16th - March 1st. Of course, the entrepreneurs will be rallying their friends, family and customers to vote for their ideas. But, everyone is encouraged to review the proposals and vote for your favorite idea at www.DreamBigGrowHere.com. The top vote getter, along with four other selections from each industry category will advance to the statewide pitch off at Iowa’s entrepreneurial conference, EntreFest, in Iowa City on May 21, 2015. These entrepreneurs will compete against each other for a chance to win $5,000. The winner of each industry category will advance to the finals for a chance to win the grand prize of $10,000. The finals will be held the evening of May 21st. All entrepreneurs advancing to the statewide contest will have access to the University of Northern Iowa’s Business Concierge services and will receive personalized coaching and mentoring from VentureNet Iowa to prepare their pitch. As an added bonus, the economic development organizations in northwest Iowa will also host a regional Dream Big Grow Here contest in April. This regional contest will allow the top 5 vote getters in northwest Iowa to refine their pitches, showcase their ideas, and compete for $5,000 prize. Additional details about the regional contest will be announced in March. The Northwest Iowa regional contest is organized by the City of Sioux City, Northwest Iowa Developers, and The Siouxland Initiative. The following counties are included: Cherokee, Lyon, Monona, O’Brien, Osceola, Plymouth, Sioux and Woodbury. To learn more or to enter the contest, please visit www.DreamBigGrowHere.com or email me at mark@cherokeeia.com.

Dream Big Grow Here website
Dream Big Grow Here Flyer