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Published on January 14th, 2016 | by Sioux City Now

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Got a Great Idea? Here’s your chance to help fund it

Capital is a necessary component to starting and growing your business. Thousands of dollars in cash have been awarded to business owners like you, through Iowa’s Dream Big Grow Here annual entrepreneurial contest.

Dream Big Grow Here runs from December through May, with the submission deadline for ideas ending on Jan. 31. Winners from an online vote go on to a statewide competition. But it starts with the submission of your great idea.

After the online application period ends, voting begins, followed by an in-person industry specific pitch-off for a chance to earn $5,000. Industry winners then become eligible to further compete for a chance to win a grand prize, to be announced at EntreFEST 2016 in May in Iowa City.

To submit your idea, check out the Dream big website here, then submit your idea and help make your great idea a reality.

Important 2016 contest dates:

  • Apply Online: Dec 1 – Jan 31
  • Voting Period: Feb 8 – Feb 12
  • Pitch-Off Coaching: April
  • Industry Pitch-Offs & Winners Selected: May 18 – 20

Here’s a video about a previous winner, a southwest Iowa Grocer.

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