$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.

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.

This Year's Winner

The Bakery Comes to Town

Dreamer: Lisa Marshall Winner

Business: Red Ribbon bakery

Location: Knoxville, IA

We are a new business in Knoxville. We opened up on the square in April 2013. The name of our store is Red Ribbon Bakery but we had to drop the “bakery” in order to save funds for the equipment we needed. We now do lunch (sandwiches, soups etc..) to make enough to open a separate location for the...

Be sure to cheer for Lisa at the upcoming Dream Big Grow Here statewide pitch off.

Contest Finalists