TS Bank REV - Small Business Pitch Competition
Since 1927, TS Bank has been helping communities grow and prosper. Our sole mission is to create community prosperity in all the communities we serve and at TS Bank that is part of everyone's responsibility.
REV - Ignite Your Business
TS Bank originally started REV in 2015 in an effort to spur economic growth and encourage business owners to continue pursuing their dreams. During the first three competitions (2015-2017) over $75,000 was awarded to the winners. TS Bank brought the competition back in 2020, partnering with Advance Southwest Iowa offering entrepreneurs and business owners the chance to win up to $10,000 to "ignite their business."
Again this year TS Bank has partnered with Advance Southwest Iowa Corporation along with several other local companies to host REV 2021 on Tuesday, October 19. From the pool of applicants, TS Bank and Advance Southwest Iowa will select up to five entrepreneurs to pitch in-person to compete for $15,000. Read our recent press release here.
Applications for REV 2021 are closed. Applications for REV 2022 will open in summer 2022.
New this year, we have added a business expo to follow the final pitches. We invite you to please join us for networking, appetizers and keynote experience with TEDx speaker Bill Eckstrom on Tuesday, October 19 at 5 p.m. Bill will speak to "Why comfort will ruin your life". Additionally, celebrate with us at the 2021 REV pitch announcement party and meet this year’s small business owner finalists. Registration is required and the cost to attend this public event is $25.00.
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REV 2020 took place on December 4, 2020, virtually! Individuals applied and five were accepted to pitch their business. They had ten minutes to pitch their business concepts to a panel of four judges, and then the judges had ten minutes to ask questions. After all pitches were complete, the judges deliberated and decided how they would distribute the $10,000. Meet our four winners below! Read our 2020 press release here.
Full Fledged Brewing Company
Full Fledged Brewing Company of Council Bluffs took the grand prize with $5,000 awarded. Owners Marshall and Dessie Redmond opened Full Fledged in 2019 as Council Bluffs first craft brewery and are truly focused on creating a community.
Tandem Works of Council Bluffs, Iowa, plans to use their $2,500 in REV funds to build an on-demand, online course for business owners to help them identify their brand story and create more powerful brand messaging.
P@YD Omaha, based out of Omaha, Neb., focuses on connecting local producers to their communities’ restaurants and homes. Their $1,250 in REV funds will be put toward front end web development and app development.
Farmhouse & Flowers
Farmhouse & Flowers, a floral and gift retail space in Atlantic, Iowa, plans to use their $1,250 in REV funds to continue renovations on their existing retail space and create a custom branded interior experience for both in-person and online shoppers.
REV 2017 took place on December 1, 2017, at The Venue inside Harrah's Casino, Council Bluffs. Meet the five winners below!
Appsky Labs - $10,000
Flyover Design Co. - $7,000
HomeDitty - $5,000
Found - $2,500
Fyiio - $2,500
REV 2016 took place on December 1, 2016, at Iowa Western Community College, Council Bluffs. Meet the five winners below!
Lienwaivers.io - $10,000
FliteBrite - $10,000
Terva - $5,000
Wicked Carmel Apples - $2,500
Stickalicious Pops - $6,500
Mulholland Grocery, Inc. - $5,000
Zinnia - $5,000
BEX USA - $5,000
ByMoms4Pets - $2,500
Dream Forge - $1,000