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​DMACC Business Resources $5,000 Regional 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 Pitch Off to win a $5,000 regional Grant and then become eligible to compete for a chance to win a $10,000 grand prize. The DMACC Business Resources regional contest includes Polk, Warren, Dallas, Boone, Guthrie, Audubon and Carroll Counties. DMACC Business Resources will also support the Iowa Innovation Gateway Regional Contest that includes entrants in Story, Jasper, Marion, Marshall, Tama, Poweshiek and Mahaska counties. 

To learn more about this opportunity and how to prepare, plan to attend one of our Dream Big Grow Here informational sessions.

How it Works

Businesses and start ups can submit their entry to the Dream Big Grow Here State Contest Site powered by Applications can be submitted until October 4, 2013 at 5 pm.

The voting starts on October 7, 2013. All voting will be done from the Dream Big Grow Here website. This is your opportunity to get your customers, friends and family to vote on your submission.

Regional Pitch off

Voting ends on October 21, 2013. The top 4 vote-getters  and one wild card entry selected by DMACC Business Resources staff will be invited to a “Pitch Off” on November 14th, 2013.  The Pitch Off will be held in conjunction with the area TechBrew sponsored by Technology Association of Iowa.  The winner of the Pitch Off will win $5000, various promotional opportunities, a minimum of 5 hours of business coaching and the opportunity to compete for $10,000 at the State-wide Dream Big, Grow Here competition.

When: Thursday, November 14th
Where: StartUp City 317 6th Ave Suite 500, Des Moines, IA 50309
TechBrew starts at 5:00 with the first pitch at 5:30.
Please RSVP to attend at 

For more information, or questions, contact or visit the Dream Big Grow Here website.

Thanks to our Sponsors

Lead sponsor for Dream Big Grow Here 2013 is the Iowa Bankers Association. Other key statewide sponsors include: University of Northern Iowa MyEntre.Net, Iowa Farm Bureau Renew Rural Iowa, Iowa Economic Development Authority, VentureNet, Delta Dental of Iowa, and the Technology Association of Iowa.