$5000 Contest!

The Dream Big Grow Here grant contest is an opportunity for Iowans to fulfill their dreams of self-employment or expansion of their current firm.  Entrants compete online for a chance to win a $5,000 regional grant, and then become eligible to compete for a chance to win a $10,000 grand prize. Check out the How It Works section for official contest rules.

Creative Corridor 2012

This contest has ended

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!

The Basics

  • Must be a resident of Johnson, Washington, Benton, Jones, Linn, Cedar or Iowa County
  • Must be 14 or older
  • Must have 10 or less employees
  • Must be a for-profit business idea
  • Top 5 vote-winners online will pitch live on Nov. 15
  • One winner will go home with $5000!

... See Complete Rules

Our Resources

Contest Contact:
Amanda Styron, Seed Here Studio
(319) 32BUILD
[email protected]

Ready to Go?

To participate in the contest:

  1. Create an account at myentre.net, one of Iowa’s go-to resources for entrepreneurs.
  2. Submit your business idea to this website by 11:59PM on October 19. 
  3. Rally your contacts to vote for your idea online from October 22 through November 9. The top five entrepreneurs with the most votes will be invited to pitch their business idea live. If you’re one of them, you’ll...
  4. Pitch your idea to a panel of successful serial entrepreneurs at the live event on November 15. You’ll get great feedback, connections, and if you win, you’ll...
  5. Go home with a check for $5000 and be entered into the statewide contest next spring to win $10,000 more!

Important Dates:

  • Sept 18: Contest Begins
  • Oct 19: Last Day to Enter (submit your idea online to enter)
  • Oct 22 - Nov 9: Public online voting (the five ideas with the most online votes will invited to pitch live)
  • Nov 15: Live Pitch Night (the winner will go home with a check for $5000!)