Dream Big Grow Here 2012 Winner Tom MulhollandDream 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 votes 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.

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Dream Big Grow Here 2015 Webinar

Dream Big Grow Here Contests

Ag Innovation

1/1/2015 - 3/1/2015

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


1/1/2015 - 3/1/2015

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


1/1/2015 - 3/1/2015

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.


1/1/2015 - 3/1/2015

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

1/1/2015 - 3/1/2015

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


1/1/2015 - 3/1/2015

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

Iowa's West Coast Regional Contest

1/1/2015 - 3/1/2015

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.

Southwest Iowa 2015

1/1/2015 - 3/1/2015

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.

There are no past contests at this time