The Iowa Innovation Gateway has partnered with the University of Northern Iowa to offer an award winning online business grant contest worth $5,000 to regional entrepreneurs and small business owners called Dream Big Grow Here. Contestants can win cash and gain widespread statewide publicity by competing in the Iowa Innovation Gateway followed by a statewide Pitch-Off event during the annual EntreFest! conference for a shot at the Now in its third year, Dream Big Grow Here offers entrepreneurs an opportunity to upload their business dream online until Friday, Oct. 4 (deadline extended!) at www.DreamBigGrowHere.com, then encourage customers, friends, family, and community members to vote online for them from October 7 to October 17. The top 4 online vote getters plus one wildcard entry selected by the judges will then participate in a regional pitch-off event to determine the regional $5,000 business grant winner. Winners from each of the regional contests will all be invited to go on to compete for an additional $10,000 grand prize business grant in a live pitch-off event during the statewide EntreFest! conference for Iowa business owners to be held early next year.
According to Tom Mulholland, owner of Mulholland Grocery in Malvern Iowa and the 2012 Dream Big Grow Here grand prize winner, “the Dream . . . → Read More: Dream Big Grow Here Entry Deadline Extended