Dream Big Grow Here 2012 Winner Tom Mulholland

Click on the industries below to see the finalists advancing to EntreFEST!
  


Dream Big, Grow Here
is an award winning business grant contest for Iowans to fulfill their dreams of self-employment or expansion of their current firm.  

Dreamers compete online for a shot to win a $5,000 industry specific grant, and then become eligible to further compete for a chance to win a $10,000 grand prize to be announced at EntreFEST 2015.

The Process

  1. Upload Your Dream to an Industry Contest below BEFORE January 31st 
  2. Compete Online for Votes or be Selected to Advance (See Pro Tip #3)
  3. Get Selected to Pitch for $5,000
  4. Go on to compete for a $10,000 grand prize!

 Watch this webinar for full details!

Pro Tips

  • Don't worry about picking the wrong industry contest, we can always move you to the correct one if needed.
  • Your Dream entry can be saved and edited at a later time both before you submit, and after you become approved.
  • Top online vote recipient in each industry receives an automatic pass to pitch for the $5,000 business grant. Four other finalists for each Industry Contest will be selected based on the quality of their business Dream application.
  • Receive expert feedback on your entry if you apply before the end of the day on Friday, January 23rd!
  • Some dreams, depending on your location, may be eligible for even more money. If your business is located in the western part of the state, you might be able to enter into an additional regional contest. Click the 'Regional Contest' tab below to learn more. Who doesn't love more money?!
  • Have a question?  Contact us or attend this webinar and ask your question live!

Dream Big Grow Here Contests

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Ag Innovation

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Have an innovation in the agriculture industry? Share your dream with us here! The Ag Innovation contest is sponsored by Renew Rural Iowa.

Hospitality/Restaurants

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Hey what's cooking? This contest is for our Iowa restaurants and the wider hospitality industry!

Manufacturing/Bioscience/IT

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Are you in the technology sector in Iowa? Perhaps you are manufacturing the next big product? We made this contest just for you! The Manufacturing/Bio-science/IT contest is sponsored by VentureNet Iowa.

Pre-Revenue

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While not an 'Industry' in the classic sense, this contest is for anyone who is just starting out. You must not have any sales.

Professional Services

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Lawyers, accountants, consultants, and professionals of all types- show us your dreams!

Retail/Wholesale

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Calling all retailers and wholesalers! This contest is for you!

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Iowa's West Coast Regional Contest

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The economic development organizations of northwest Iowa are teaming up to bring the statewide Dream Big Grow Here grant contest to our region for the first time. These organizations are committed to supporting small businesses and startups in our communities and encouraging them to stay and grow in our region. The contest is a great way for entrepreneurs in the 8 county area to get exposure and have the opportunity to win money to develop and grow their businesses.

North Iowa 2013

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Our mission is to help businesses start and grow in North Iowa. Dream Big Grow Here North Iowa can help generate excitement and value for those companies in our region who participate.

Cedar Valley 2013

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The Mission of the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber is: To Increase Economic Vitality & Wealth by Leading Collaborative Economic & Community Development. The Alliance & Chamber, with the other six members of the Cedar Valley Regional Partnership, collaborate with MyEntre.Net to deliver tools to small businesses that have significant growth in their vision.

Southeast Iowa Great River Region 2013

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The Great River Region of Southeast Iowa is more than just a geographic location. It is a partnership between four counties in which leaders realize the benefits of cooperative efforts for economic development. Within those four counties, seven organizations committed to economic development have formed the Great River Region Partnership.

Iowa Lakes Corridor 2013

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The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation is a private non-profit economic development agency that represents Buena Vista, Clay, Dickinson and Emmet counties. The Corridor’s mission is, "To foster, encourage, promote, aid or otherwise assist in the economic growth and development of the four-county region." A major focus of the Iowa Lakes Corridor is fostering entrepreneurship in the region. We provide coaching services for entrepreneurs, from start-ups through maturing companies. We also work to create the next generation of successful youth entrepreneurs, from kindergartners to college students. The Corridor Region’s Dream Big Grow Here contest is open to all ages and industries with fewer than 30 employees. Submit your Dream today!

DMACC Business Resources 2013

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DMACC Business Resources believes in creating a culture of entrepreneurism by supporting and recognizing regional small businesses. The Dream Big Grow Here contest enables DMACC to learn more about the region’s entrepreneurs while providing entrepreneurs an opportunity to promote either their proposed business or dreams for their current business. DMACC wants all area entrepreneurs to dream big and then grow their dream right here in the DMACC region.

Innovation Gateway 2013

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The Iowa Innovation Gateway believes in creating a culture of entrepreneurism by supporting innovative ideas. The Dream Big Grow Here contest enables IIG to learn more about the region’s entrepreneurs while providing entrepreneurs an opportunity to promote either their proposed business or their dreams for their current business. Iowa Innovation Gateway wants all area entrepreneurs to dream big and then grow their dream right here in the IIG region.

Northeast Iowa Business Network 2013

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The Northeast Iowa Business Network (NIBN) is excited to host our third annual Dream Big Grow Here contest. The contest not only aides entrepreneurs with financial assistance to accomplish their start-up or expansion, but also partners them with the resources necessary to make their business a success. "The exposure and connections our businesses gain is tremendous, and our regional ED group is able to better assist all the participants in reaching their goals," stated Jason Passmore of Howard County Business & Tourism.

South Central Iowa 2013

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The South Central Iowa Area Partnership, Inc. is hosting a regional competition because it believes in an atmosphere which fosters entrepreneurship. This event will help support existing businesses and spark new start-ups in the region.

Sioux City

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Southwest Iowa 2013

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Iowa Western Community College Economic and Workforce Development and the Small Business Development center is committed to our communities and the success and growth of our small businesses. The contest is a great way for small businesses and start ups in the 8 county area to get exposure and have the opportunity to win money for their growth and development. The top 5 vote getters and 1 wildcard will be pitching off to win our region.

Quad Cities 2013

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Dream Big Grow Here in the Quad Cities! Our mission is to strengthen and enhance the business environment, represent the interests of our members, and foster balanced growth in the Quad Cities region.

North Central Iowa 2012

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Our mission is to help businesses start and grow in North Iowa and Dream Big Grow Here North Central Iowa can help generate excitement and value for those existing and startup businesses in our region that participate.

Creative Corridor 2012

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Iowa's Creative Corridor, the greater Iowa City/Cedar Rapids region, is a place where big ideas happen. Our aim is to celebrate, support, connect, and enthusiastically cheer on those who dream big, push boundaries, and move our region forward. If you’re an entrepreneur living in Johnson, Washington, Benton, Jones, Linn, Cedar or Iowa County, the Corridor Business Alliance invites you to submit your business idea to this website by Oct 19 for a chance to win $5000 to make it happen! Learn more about the regional contest on our Facebook page!

South Central Iowa 2012

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We are hosting a Dream Big Grow Here contest because our region believes in creating an atmosphere which fosters entrepreneurship. We look forward to the event as a way to support our existing entrepreneurial companies and help launch start ups! We think the net working will be particularly valuable to the entrepreneurial community.

Southwest Iowa 2012

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The Division of Economic and Workforce Development at Iowa Western Community College works with individuals, communities, and existing and emerging businesses in southwest Iowa providing services and programs they need to remain competitive and thrive. The division provides services in the areas of economic development, workforce development, and entrepreneurial development.

Iowa Lakes Corridor 2012

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The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation is a private non-profit economic development agency that represents Buena Vista, Clay, Dickinson and Emmet counties. The Corridor’s mission is, "To foster, encourage, promote, aid or otherwise assist in the economic growth and development of the four-county region." A major focus of the Iowa Lakes Corridor is fostering entrepreneurship in the region. We provide coaching services for entrepreneurs, from start-ups through maturing companies. We also work to create the next generation of successful youth entrepreneurs, from kindergartners to college students. The Corridor Region’s Dream Big Grow Here contest is open to all ages and industries with fewer than 30 employees. Submit your Dream today!

Cedar Valley 2012

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The Mission of the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber is: To Increase Economic Vitality & Wealth by Leading Collaborative Economic & Community Development. The Alliance & Chamber, with the other six members of the Cedar Valley Regional Partnership, collaborate with MyEntre.Net to deliver tools to small businesses that have significant growth in their vision.

Northeast Iowa Business Network 2012

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The Northeast Iowa Business Network (NIBIN) is excited to host our second annual DBGH. The contest not only aides entrepreneurs with financial assistance to accomplish their start-up or expansion but also partners them with the resources necessary to make their business a success. "The exposure and connections our businesses gain is tremendous, and our regional ED group is able to better assist all the participants in reaching their goals," stated Jason Passmore of Howard County Business & Tourism. The networking that the entrepreneurs gain from the process has been outstanding with 20 businesses competing in the contest last year. This year, NIBN is going to host their own mini pitch-off to further assist businesses with the public speaking portion of the contest.

DMACC Business Resources 2012

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DMACC Business Resources believes that encouraging entrepreneurism is vital to the expansion of Iowa’s economy. The Dream Big Grow Here contest is a creative and fun method of motivating and supporting our entrepreneurs. DMACC wants all of Iowa’s entrepreneurs to dream big, grow here and stay here.

Innovation Gateway 2012

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The Iowa Innovation Gateway believes in creating a culture of entrepreneurism by supporting innovative ideas. The Dream Big Grow Here contest enables IIG to learn more about the region’s entrepreneurs while providing entrepreneurs an opportunity to promote either their proposed business or their dreams for their current business. Iowa Innovation Gateway wants all area entrepreneurs to dream big and then grow their dream right here in the IIG region.

Southeast Iowa 2012

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The Mount Pleasant Area Development Commission exists to "facilitate a positive business climate" in Henry County and southeast Iowa. There is no surer way to create such a climate than to empower entrepreneurs to transform ideas into action, visions into reality. Entrepreneurs always "Dream Big." The Mount Pleasant Area Development Commission is proud to help them "Grow Here."

Northeast Iowa 2011

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The Northeast Iowa Business Network is a voluntary effort by the development professionals representing Northeast Iowa counties of Allamakee, Clayton, Delaware, Fayette, Howard, and Winneshiek. The Northeast Iowa Business Network was organized to promote business and economic opportunities for residents of the Northeast Iowa region through: Proactive efforts to improve the viability of existing employers; Increasing the ease of beginning and growing small businesses in the region; Attraction of new employers providing quality jobs; Assisting in the development of agriculturally related enterprises. We're proud to collaborate with MyEntre.Net to bring you the Northeast Iowa Dream Big Grow Here grant contest!

DBGH Innovation Gateway 2011

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Iowa Innovation Gateway works to form a dynamic, vibrant network that works collaboratively to create a globally competitive region in Central Iowa, and beyond by connecting commerce and communities at the intersection of workforce development, economic development and education. For more information, check out our website.

DBGH Iowa Lakes Corridor 2011

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The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation is a private non-profit economic development agency that represents Buena Vista, Clay, Dickinson and Emmet counties. The Corridor’s mission is, “To foster, encourage, promote, aid or otherwise assist in the economic growth and development of the four-county region.” A major focus of the Iowa Lakes Corridor is fostering entrepreneurship in the region. We provide coaching services for entrepreneurs, from start-ups through maturing companies. We also work to create the next generation of successful youth entrepreneurs, from kindergartners to college students. The Corridor Region’s Dream Big Grow Here contest is open to all ages and industries with fewer than 30 employees. Submit your Dream today!

Southeast Iowa 2011

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The Mount Pleasant Area Development Commission exists to provide a unified economic development effort that will proactively assist existing industry and commercial business in the Mount Pleasant area to grow. Partnering with MyEntre.net will encourage the growth of the entrepreneurs in our region. We are excited to offer Dream Big Grow Southeast Iowa.

Central Iowa 2011

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As a community sponsored non-profit business accelerator, the Business Innovation Zone (BIZ) provides objective advice and guidance to entrepreneurs and growth companies. We connect clients with qualified community and state resources needed to grow their business. We're proud to collaborate with MyEntre.Net to bring you the Central Iowa Dream Big Grow Here grant contest!

Cedar Valley 2011

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The Mission of the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber is: To Increase Economic Vitality & Wealth by Leading Collaborative Economic & Community Development. The Alliance & Chamber, with the other six members of the Cedar Valley Marketing Partnership, collaborate with MyEntre.Net to deliver tools to small businesses that have significant growth in their vision.

Statewide December 2010

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