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DUBUQUE COUNTY BUSINESS COMPETITION

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2024
@ THE INNOVATION LAB
210 JONES STREET, DUBUQUE

Are you an ambitious entrepreneur with a groundbreaking idea or an established business looking to grow? Do you dream of turning your vision into reality but lack the funds to fuel your journey?

The Dubuque County Business Competition, organized by The Innovation Lab and powered by Dupaco Credit Union, is set to bring together startups, existing businesses, funders, and mentors under one roof, providing a unique opportunity for them to kickstart or scale their ventures. 

WIN $$ TO LAUNCH OR GROW YOUR BUSINESS!

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Each participating entrepreneur will receive $250, and an additional $20,000 in seed funding will awarded.

Gain insights from industry experts, refine your strategy, and fine-tune your pitch.

Connect with potential partners, investors, and fellow entrepreneurs.

Showcase your brand to a wider audience and gain exposure to new potential customers.

HOW IT WORKS

1. PARTICIPATION CRITERIA

Review the participation criteria below to ensure you qualify to apply. 

  1. You are an existing business that wants to grow your business. This could include a new product or service, or some kind of innovation to make your business better. 

  2. You are a startup with a plan for launching a new product or service. 

  3. Your business will be or is located in Dubuque County.

  4. You are or intend to be one of the following: sole proprietorship, LLC, partnership, S-Corp, or corporation. (Nonprofits are not eligible for this competition)

2. SUBMIT AN APPLICATION 

If you meet the participation criteria, submit a quick and easy application talking about your business idea or business growth plan. 

3. WORK WITH A COACH

The finalists will work with an experienced business coach to create a 5-minute pitch to funders. 

4. FUNDING FAIR: FEBRUARY 1 @ 5 P.M.

The finalists will each have a booth to display their business information and concepts. Attendees will listen to your pitch and vote for their favorite concept. A panel of judges will also listen to and score pitches. The businesses that garner the top five judges' scores will be selected to pitch at the live pitch event. The business that generates the most amount of crowd votes also earns a spot in the live pitch event.

  • Each business that participates in the Funding Fair will receive $250 in seed funding.

  • The businesses that get 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in voting will get an additional $1,000, $750, and $500.

5. LIVE PITCH EVENT: FEBRUARY 1 @ 6:30 P.M.

The 6 finalists will take the stage to give their 5-minute pitch to the crowd. Pitches will be scored by a panel of expert judges.

  • 1st place wins $10,000 in seed funding.

  • 2nd place wins $5,000 in seed funding.

  • 3rd place wins $2,750 in seed funding.

THE BUSINESS COMPETITION IS SUPPORTED BY:

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10,000 Small Businesses

MedOne

1800 T-Shirts

Dubuque MainStreet

Great River Learning

Volv Gym

VentureNet Iowa

Growth Path Strategies

Lerdahl

NICC Business & Community
   Solutions

QUESTIONS?

Reach out to hello@innovationlab.us if you have questions about the Dubuque County Business Competition. 

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