Frequently Asked Questions

​How many awards?

There is only one (1) winner of the $10,000 cash award.

Who is eligible?

See eligibility guidelines here.

Where do I find information on how to apply?

For application forms and details go here.

What kind of ideas are you looking for?

The DMACC Foundation Entrepreneurship Competition is for any type of business: from cottage industry, to high tech. There are no limits on the type of business. For details on how the applications will be judged, go here.

Can I just have an idea for a business that hasn't been started yet?

No. The competition is open to businesses that are registered with the Iowa Secretary of State and have at least one employee (including the owner entrepreneur). See full eligibility rules here.

Where can I review the Official Rules? 

The official rules can be viewed here.

When does the Competition begin?

Applications will be accepted beginning on March 19, 2018, and ending on May 21, 2018.

If I'm the winner, when do I get my award?

The winner will receive their check on September 13, 2018 during DMACC's 2018​ Small Business Awards.

How are the applicants evaluated?

Please visit the Judging Criteria page to learn how the applications are reviewed


Contact Tara Connolly, DMACC Foundation, or 515-964-6229