Dream Big Grow Here application deadline extended

Posted on Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Patrick Luensmann, program manager, Center for Business Growth and Innovation, 319-273-4335,

Blake Ruane, Office of University Relations, 319-273-2761,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The UNI Center for Business Growth and Innovation’s Dream Big Grow Here (DBGH) grant contest is extending the application deadline to Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. Each year, tens of thousands of dollars are awarded to Iowa business owners and entrepreneurs.

The competition includes an online application and voting followed by an in-person industry specific pitch-off. DBGH offers six industry contests, including AG Innovation, Hospitality/Restaurants, Manufacturing/Bioscience, Information Technology, Pre-Revenue and Retail/Professional Services. All well-established and starting Iowa small businesses are encouraged to apply. 

Industry winners will win $5,000 and be announced at EntreFest 2016 in Des Moines, Iowa, in mid-May. If you need assistance completing your application or are interested in applying, visit and begin your journey.

UNI’s Center for Business Growth and Innovation Dream Big Grow Here program was created to engage and educate small business owners through a network of connections. They offer expertise in technology, network building, and positive publicity to assist small businesses in reaching their full potential.

For more information, please contact Patrick Luensmann, program manager for the Center for Business Growth and Innovation, at 319-273-4335 or