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

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.


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


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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.


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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!


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

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.

There are no past contests at this time