Five finalists in the Creative Corridor Dream Big will pitch their business ideas Thursday evening in Cedar Rapids for a $5,000 prize.
Thirty-three contestants posted their ideas online where over 10,500 votes were cast to determine the finalists. Thursday’s event, The Live Pitch + Tech Brew, will begin at 5:45 p.m. Thursday at Dublin City Pub. It will be free and open to the public.
— clusterFlunk, a University of Iowa student-led startup building an online platform for students to collaborate on their studies.
— Foliage Skateboards, an environmentally-friendly skateboard products and apparel company based in Iowa City.
— Iron Leaf Press, a design, branding and letterpress printing studio in Mount Vernon.
— Portrait Community, an art-meets-advertising photography service by Cedar Rapids-based Concept Studios, LLC.
— Ready to Go in America! A student-led Iowa City based team developing a pocket guide and mobile app that helps international students adapt to the norms, systems and environment of the United States.
The winner will receive $5,000 and go on to compete at the statewide competition in March for $10,000 more.
Presenting sponsors are the Technology Association of Iowa, NextGen Marketing Center, Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, Iowa City Area Development Group, Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance and the Entrepreneurial Development Center. The event is coordinated by Seed Here Studio.