The finalists in the Northwest Iowa Dream Big Grow Here grant contest have been announced. The three top vote-getters along with two additional entrants chosen by a selection committee who will advance to the regional competition. These finalists will have the opportunity to present their idea to an audience and judges in a pitch-off event for a chance to win thousands in cash prizes. The five finalists are:
The economic development organizations in northwest Iowa will host the pitch-off event on Thursday, November 16th at the Prairie Winds Event Center (908 8th St. SE) in Orange City. A social hour will begin at 5:00 p.m. with drinks and appetizers. At 6:00 p.m. each finalist will have 6 minutes to present their business, followed by 5 minutes of Q & A from the panel of judges. The winners of the competition will be announced at 7:30 p.m. with first place receiving $4,000, second place receiving $2,000 and third place receiving $1,000 to grow their businesses.